There aren’t many comforts of home I miss when we’re out camping. Sure, a regular toilet would be nice. Maybe a 10 or 15 minute hot shower so I can shave my legs? (Nah… I really don’t miss that part at all!) But I do sometimes miss good old comfort food that’s been simmering on the stove for hours. And homemade spaghetti sauce is right up there at the top of the list! But we all know by now that I’m all about easy camping meals. So I was determined to make my homemade spaghetti sauce “camping friendly.” And now you have it – One Pot Spaghetti that’s perfect for your campsite!
Unless you’re connected to shore power or have an endless supply of propane for your cooktop, letting the sauce simmer for hours simply isn’t an option when you’re out camping. And let’s face it, cleaning up all those pots and pans required to make homemade spaghetti sauce to pour over your pasta simply won’t do. Easy camping meals also need to be easy to clean up. So we’re doing it all in one pot. Yay! And you know what? It actually comes pretty darn close to my homemade-simmer-all-day version! Yep – it’s loaded with satisfying ground beef, deep onion flavor, rich tomato taste, a blend of Italian seasonings, perfectly cooked pasta, and leaves you with only one pot to clean. Yum. Yum. And Yay! Bring on the comfort food at your campsite!
Here’s the secret – beef broth. It adds a rich-tastes-like-it’s-been-simmering-all-day flavor and also provides the liquid necessary to cook your spaghetti noodles to al dente perfection. Yep – all in the same pot. Other than chopping an onion and some garlic, there’s basically no prep work either. Just throw it all together, stir well, simmer 9-11 minutes and you’ve got yourself some down home comfort food as you’re watching the sun go down and the stars pop out. Pretty sweet. Add a nice roaring campfire and that’s about as good as it gets!
Easy Camping Meals Done Right – One Pot Spaghetti
- Brown ground beef with a chopped onion and some garlic until cooked.
- Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce (don’t forget your can opener!), beef broth, and Italian seasonings to beef and bring to a simmer.
- Break your spaghetti noodles in half (this will help it cook evenly and also make it easy to eat in a camp chair!)
- Make sure the noodles are well saturated in the sauce and simmer 9-11 minutes until al dente. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
About the only drawback to this meal is that the smell of homemade spaghetti sauce is sure to bring your neighbors around… so maybe be sure to make a little extra! There probably won’t be leftovers, so a quick wipe of the pot with some paper towels, then a brief scrub and a rinse and you’re all done! Bellies full, cocktail in hand, and perhaps some of these Cinnamon S’mores in the works. Aahhhh….. Nice. Enjoy your evening….