Campfire Comfort Food – Easy Veggie Sausage Pasta, Campfire Cooking

Comfort foods are the best. They serve the dual purpose of filling our stomachs while also filling our souls. Okay, that was way too cheesy! (Why yes, they often are cheesy.)

I’m always on the hunt for new campfire favorites. I like to have a good arsenal of things that are fun to cook and things that are easy to cook, depending on the camping trip. (If we’re not arriving and setting up camp until 7pm, that is probably not the night to try a complex dish.)

Focusing on the easy to cook category, I bring you veggie sausage pasta. This dish is a staple in my house. Noodles, sauce, protein, and veggies. It’s versatile, it’s fast, and it’s a great “veggie dump” dish. Meaning, I can throw in all the veggies that are about to go bad. You can use whole wheat pasta, chickpea pasta, chicken sausage, veggie sausage, whatever you want to make it as healthy or as unhealthy as you like.

Let’s cook!

This dish requires some prep work at home to make it easier while on the campsite. Precut your sausage and veggies, storing them in containers you plan to put in the cooler. Cook your pasta at home, also to bring in the cooler. I cook my pasta 3-4 minutes less than the recommended cooking time to avoid mush when it gets reheated on the campfire. I also rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking ASAP.

Here are my ingredients ready to go! And my super sneaky dog checking out the goods. I didn’t use all these veggies in this dish. I planned to use 1/3 for dinner, 1/3 for breakfast, and 1/3 for dinner the next night.

Preheat a cast-iron dutch oven or large skillet. I know it’s hot enough when I sprinkle on some water and it sizzles and evaporates quickly.

Add some oil to the bottom of your pan and let it heat. (I actually forgot the oil in my rush to pack. Whoops!) First in is the sausage! Cook until browned.

Once the sausage is browned, add the veggies. Cook these until they soften to your liking.

Then add your sauce. Heat this until bubbly.

Then dump in your pre-cooked pasta and heat it thouroughly.

And there you have it, ready to serve!

Feel free to add cheese, salt, pepper, hot sauce, or whatever you like. This is your comfort dish, after all!

Enjoy! And remember, no leftovers for the wildlife.

CAMPFIRE COMFORT FOOD – EASY VEGGIE SAUSAGE PASTA

AuthorLizaDifficultyBeginner

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

Ingredients
 16 oz pasta (any will do, spaghetti, rotini, penne, whole wheat, etc.)
 24 oz pasta sauce
 1 white onion
 2 bell peppers
 12 oz precooked sausage
 1 tbsp oil

At Home Prep
1

Dice the onion and two peppers. Place these together in a container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

2

Cut the sausage into 1/2 inch coins. Place this in a separate container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

3

Cook your pasta according to package directions, minus 4 minutes. You're going to reheat the pasta on the campfire so undercooking it avoids mushy noodles.

4

Once your pasta is done, drain the water and rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking. Place it in a container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

Cooking at your Campsite
5

Prep your fire and preheat a cast iron dutch oven or large skillet

6

When the pan is warm (I test it by sprinking a little water on it to see if it sizzles and evaporates quickly) Add 1 tbsp oil and allow to heat. Add your precut sausage and cook until browned.

7

Add precut veggies to the same pan with the sausage. Cook until desired softness.

8

Add pasta sauce and heat until bubbling.

9

Add precooked pasta and allow to heat in sauce.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 16 oz pasta (any will do, spaghetti, rotini, penne, whole wheat, etc.)
 24 oz pasta sauce
 1 white onion
 2 bell peppers
 12 oz precooked sausage
 1 tbsp oil

Directions

At Home Prep
1

Dice the onion and two peppers. Place these together in a container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

2

Cut the sausage into 1/2 inch coins. Place this in a separate container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

3

Cook your pasta according to package directions, minus 4 minutes. You're going to reheat the pasta on the campfire so undercooking it avoids mushy noodles.

4

Once your pasta is done, drain the water and rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking. Place it in a container to be brought to the campsite in your cooler.

Cooking at your Campsite
5

Prep your fire and preheat a cast iron dutch oven or large skillet

6

When the pan is warm (I test it by sprinking a little water on it to see if it sizzles and evaporates quickly) Add 1 tbsp oil and allow to heat. Add your precut sausage and cook until browned.

7

Add precut veggies to the same pan with the sausage. Cook until desired softness.

8

Add pasta sauce and heat until bubbling.

9

Add precooked pasta and allow to heat in sauce.

Campfire Comfort Food – Veggie Sausage Pasta

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