Camping Pasta

We have just come back from a camping trip and this is one of the dishes my husband created while we were away. The fact that it was do-able while camping just shows how simple it is!

You will need:

2 onions, chopped, 15p each

1 tin condensed vegetable soup, 69p a tin

1 tin chopped tomatoes, 34p a tin

500g pasta, 29p/500g

400g tin red kidney beans, drained, 21p a tin

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, £1.25/litre

37p per serving

1. Place the pasta in a pan of vigorously bubbling water and let boil for around 8 minutes. Drain through a sieve** or colander.

2. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil** in another pan over a gentle heat and add the onions.

3. Heat through gently until the onions soften and glisten.

4. Add the tin of soup, the tomatoes and the kidney beans. Stir to combine.

5. Cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes until piping hot and combine with the pasta.

6. Serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!


Although a sieve can be bought for around £1, you don’t need a sieve or a colander to drain a saucepan. If you hold the saucepan in one hand and tightly hold the lid in the other, you can create a small gap to drain the water away without dropping the pasta. Take care doing this as the water is both very hot and very heavy.

To measure 1 tablespoon if you don’t have one:

1 teaspoon = roughly 5ml,

1 tablespoon   = 15ml,

so 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon.