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Cooking in a Campervan: Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe

Updated on September 8, 2016
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Matt is an avid traveller and self-confessed 'man of the world'. He is passionate about his home city, Manchester, and about travelling.

Cooking in a Campervan

Self-contained campervan in New Zealand
Self-contained campervan in New Zealand | Source

Travelling in a campervan gives you a level of freedom that you just don't get with other means of travelling. In many countries such as Norway or New Zealand you are free to park up in your campervan and camp almost anywhere you like, for free! The beauty of travelling in a campervan is that you can go where you like and go as far you like. This could mean travelling into the wilderness where you are unlikely to be anywhere near a restaurant, supermarket or any kind of shop for that matter. Therefore you need to plan your meals and stock up on the necessary ingredients when you set off. The last thing you want to is to set up camp 100 miles from the nearest supermarket to find that all you have in the van is rice, potatoes and fusili pasta. Even the most celebrated chefs in the world will struggle to concoct an appetising dish with that lot.

So, I've prepared a few hubs that give you some easy recipes that you can plan when travelling in a campervan.

Cooking in a Campervan: Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe

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Cooking in a Campervan

Ok, this is a very easy campervan recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes and uses only 9 ingredients from your campervan store-cupboard. All you need is a pan to boil the spaghetti in; a sharp knife to chop the onion and garlic; a pan to fry the onion and garlic and mince; and a cheese grater to finely grate the Parmesan. Oh, and maybe a colander would be handy to drain the spaghetti, but if your pan has a lid it's not totally necessary. All of these items should be included as the absolute basics in any campervan.

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Spaghetti Bolognaise: A quick and easy recipe for cooking in a campervan
Spaghetti Bolognaise: A quick and easy recipe for cooking in a campervan | Source

Cooking in a Campervan: Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 2 people

Cooking in a Campervan: Ingredients

  • 200g Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 450g tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Cube Beef Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • A handful Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 500g Beef/Lamb Mince

Instructions for Cooking Spaghetti Bolognaise in a Campervan

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and boil the spaghetti for 10 minutes until cooked. Add salt if required. When cooked, leave to stand in the hot water.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium heat and fry the onions and mince gently until the mince is browned and the onions become golden. Add in the garilc and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes and beef stock (note: if you have any sugar, add 1 teaspoon to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes). Cook for a further 5 minutes
  4. Drain the spaghetti and stir into the hot pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then stir in half of the grated parmesan.
  5. Serve and and sprinkle over the remaining parmesan

Cooking in a Campervan made easy

And there you have a simple, tasty Spaghetti Bolognaise meal that works as a perfect campervan meals. Bon appetite!

Cooking in a campervan doesn't have to be hard work. The campervan meal outlined above doesn't even need to be cooked in a sefl-contained campervan. I prepared this spaghetti bolognaise recipe whilst travelling around Australia and New Zealand in a basic Wicked Campers campervan. The vehicle was a Toyota Hiace (I think) and had been fitted with a bed and a small sink and camping stove in the back. We had an ice-box / Esky in the back in which we kept our meat and other goods that needed to remain chilled. This meant we had to buy ice every couple of days or so but we didn't let this limit our options as to what we could cook in a campervan. For a full list of what ingredients to buy for cooking in a campervan check out this article I wrote here.

Cooking in a Campervan in New Zealand!

Thebest thing about cooking in a campervan is that you can do it anywhere!
Thebest thing about cooking in a campervan is that you can do it anywhere! | Source

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