Man vs Vegetarian vs Camping – Stock Pot Spaghetti

Stock Pot Spaghetti

Stock Pot Spaghetti

So S and I went camping last weekend in New Jersey. We were there to do the New Jersey Renaissance Fair. We arrived and it was raining as Tropical Storm Andrea was pounding the area. We decided to set up camp, despite the elemental adversity, on a hill back in the woods about 300 yards from where we parked. So, a little hiking, a little mud and a lot of rain later we were all set up and drying off. That night is was just a quick dinner of some rice out of a packet and while warm and nourishing I wanted to do something else but keeping with the theme of roughing it on Saturday. I had one pot, one spoon, a few cheap ingredients and some seasonings. Here’s what I came up with, it’s not gourmet, it goes against a few things I typically stand by but it really hit the spot! Stock Pot Spaghetti:
Ingredients

  • 1 8oz can Mushrooms, stems and pieces
  • 2 oz dried Oyster Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • 1 can Tomato soup
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • Dried Spaghetti, enough for 2 – broken in half
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

This is so simple. If you even begin to think about it you’ve put way more thought into it than is necessary. Start by sauteing canned mushrooms in olive oil, when they begin to caramelize, add garlic and dried mushrooms. Stir together. Add tomato soup and a small amount of water. Break spaghetti into pieces about 6 inches long and add to the pot. Add just enough water to cover the pasta. Cook according to the package directions, just watch what’s happening and add more water to just barely keep the pasta in the sauce. After pasta is done, turn off heat and the sauce will thicken up. I topped this dish with a little parm, a sprig of parsley and a cheesy bread roll – what can I say, when we camp we really rough it! Enjoy!

Sauteing mushrooms

Sauteing mushrooms

Dried oyster mushrooms.. ok, we were really roughing it!

Dried oyster mushrooms.. ok, we were really roughing it!

Added garlic

Added garlic

Adding a can of tomato soup

Adding a can of tomato soup

Water added, simmering away.

Water added, simmering away.

My outdoor kitchen.

My outdoor kitchen.

Our campsite, set up and finally dry.

Our campsite, set up and finally dry.

Bailey was enjoying the camping too.

Bailey was enjoying the camping too.

S holding down the fort while I slave over a hot Coleman burner..

S holding down the fort while I slave over a hot Coleman burner..

 

 

 

 

 

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One comment

  1. Hassan says:

    Thanks, that does sound practical and tasty!

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