Camping Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese simmering in a large pot on a gas stove.

The beef Spaghetti Bolognese sauce recipe just got a lot easier thanks to a jar of prepared sauce. You can cook this comforting meal in about 45 minutes on your camp stove. Traditionally served over pasta, bolognese sauce is also delicious on top of polenta or baked potatoes. 

If you don’t have prepared pasta sauce, you can swap it out with two cans of diced tomatoes and a generous pinch of Italian herbs. Or, you can make sauce from scratch and bring it with you to camp.

Have fun with this simple recipe and mix it up to match your tastes. Use a combination of ground beef and pork, throw in a bit of bacon, or use some fresh herbs to give it a pop of flavor. This version has a lot of vegetables but can be scaled down if you prefer to be meatier.

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Spaghetti Bolognese served over pasta and topped with grated cheese in a shallow white dish.
This camping Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is the perfect combination of fresh and processed ingredients making it flavorful and easy to cook..
A large pot of Bolognese Sauce simmering on a gas stove while camping.
The longer the Spaghetti Bolognese can simmer the richer the flavor becomes.
Spaghetti Bolognese simmering in a large pot on a gas stove.
This rich Spaghetti Bolognese sauce is made by slowly adding the ingredients and building up the flavor.

Camping Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

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Spaghetti Bolognese simmering in a large pot on a gas stove.
The beef Spaghetti Bolognese sauce recipe just got a lot easier thanks to a jar of prepared sauce. You can cook this comforting meal in about 45 minutes on your camp stove.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceItaly
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSimmer

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef (beef mince)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (24-ounce | 475ml)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box (19 oz) spaghetti
  • shredded Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions

  • Cook the beef in a saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until browned, stirring often to break up any chunks, for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the onions, celery, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Cook until softened, about 7 minutes. 
  • Add the pasta sauce and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook to meld the flavors, for at least 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 
  • Place the spaghetti in the bowl then ladle over the bolognese sauce and finally top with the parmesan cheese. 

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 698mgCalcium: 79mgVitamin C: 36mgVitamin A: 2945IUSugar: 7gFiber: 3gPotassium: 923mgCholesterol: 109mgCalories: 441kcalTrans Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 12gFat: 31gProtein: 29gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 4mg

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Tom has a long history of camping and outdoor activities which combined with his formal French chef training to create a range of hearty yet tasty outdoor meals. Whenever he has fire he can create a feast.

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