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Camping Recipe: One-Pot Italian-inspired Stew

If you didn’t know already, Alisha and I love to cook. Most of the time, we would rather cook than go out. We've spent years working at it, but now I can say that we cook well. We see camping 'recipes' online, but you won’t find kid's hotdogs, canned biscuits or plain yellow mustard in our recipes. What you will find is simplicity: easy recipes that can be put together with ingredients you can find most anywhere that are moderately healthy.

Plaid Pinecone: One-Pot Italian-inspired Stew Recipe. An open stainless steel pot of warm Italian stew on camp stove

We want to share one-pot Italian-inspired Stew recipe. We have make this at home, on travels in airbnbs and especially while camping. This stew was inspired by our epic road trip through Canada with limited packing space and little or no advance prep time. We had a small fry pan and a two quart pot to prepare our meals, so we did everything to keep it easy. And besides, who likes doing dishes?

We wanted a meal option that was hearty and comforting when camping and exploring an area. We also planned some nights in the Canadian Rockies (Banff and Jasper) that we thought could be a little chilly. The recipe is flexible so we could customize it to our mood and what we could easily find in small town Canadian or US grocery stores. Choosing hardy vegetables is good - they travel well and can be left loose in a pantry box for a few days out of direct sunlight. Sausage was our choice half of the time and we kept it in the cooler, but pre-cooked options are also an option. Enjoy this Italian-inspired Stew Recipe during your next trip. Share with us how you personalized it below.

One-Pot Italian-inspired Stew Recipe

Serves 2-3 (dependent on amount of meat, vegetables, sauce, etc.)

Amount Ingredient Suggested Alternatives
½ pound (approx.. 8 oz) Sausage (raw) Pre-cooked or raw chicken, sausage, pork, ham, veggie/vegan alternatives, etc.)
1 jar Pasta or Spaghetti sauce Pesto, Alfredo, Vodka
1-2 Zucchini Broccoli, Green Beans, Peas
1 small Onion And/or carrots (1-2)
1 can Cannelini Beans (small white beans) Chickpeas, lentils, other beans or canned potato*
1-2 tsp Oil for cooking
Clove(s) or powder, to taste Garlic, optional
1-2 tsp, to taste Italian Seasoning spice mix, optional Basil, Oregano, pesto


  1. On a solid surface (like a picnic table) dice vegetables on a cutting board and place to the side. Prepare or dice the meat.
  2. Lightly oil your two quart (or larger) pot with high temp oil.
  3. Add onions to the pot, wait a few minutes then add garlic. Cook on low to medium heat depending on your stove. Stir and sauté with garlic until onions are soft and clear.
  4. Add sausage, warm or brown depending on your meat product/preference.
  5. Stir in zucchini and of seasoning, cook for about a minute.
  6. Add sauce and drained beans or potatoes. Stir.
  7. Cover and simmer until sauce is warm and zucchini is cooked through (approx. 20 minutes). Serve and Enjoy.

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