Camp Spam Risotto

Looking down on a blue camp bowl filled with a serving of spam risotto.

A robust outdoor meal, Camp Spam Risotto uses mainly canned ingredients which are easy to transport and store in the outdoors. Though the ingredients are simple, the flavor is very rich. Because Spam and cream of celery soup can be quite salty, don’t season the risotto until after everything is cooked.

This is a foundation recipe that can easily be varied by changing ingredients. You can use an alternate soup flavor or add more vegetables. The water can be substituted with milk for a creamier consistency.

This is a perfect meal to pack as an emergency or backup dinner, due to the heavy reliance on canned and dry goods. The exception is the onion which can be left out or substituted for a dried version.

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A blue camp bowl of spam risotto sitting with a blue camp spoon ready to be eaten.
The spam risotto can be served as a meal itself of as a side to a larger meal.
A large pot on a gas stove filled with spam risotto.
This risotto can be cooked using a gas stove or over a fire.
Looking down on a blue camp bowl filled with a serving of spam risotto.
This risotto is designed to be super easy for a camping environment.

Camp Spam Risotto Recipe

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Looking down on a blue camp bowl filled with a serving of spam risotto.
A robust outdoor meal, camp spam risotto uses mainly canned ingredients which are easy to transport and store outdoors.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceItaly
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSimmer

Ingredients

  • 1 can Spam
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • water
  • 4 cups cooked rice

Equipment

  • pot

Directions

  • Dice the spam and onion.
  • Heat the pot over the gas stove or campfire, then add the oil, spam, and onions. Cook until the spam is browned, stirring regularly. 
  • Add the can of cream of celery soup to the pot along with a can’s worth of water. Use this water to wash out the last of the soup that may be stuck to the can.
  • Heat until the soup just starts to boil then stir in the rice. Heat while stirring until hot and starting to simmer. Don’t be tempted to add salt until you have tasted it first as the spam can be quite salty. Serve straight away.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 1595mgCalcium: 47mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 216IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 518mgCholesterol: 69mgCalories: 570kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 10gFat: 30gProtein: 17gCarbohydrates: 56gIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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