I used to think camping meant hot dogs, marshmallows, and a ton of chips… and that’s it. But that gets pretty tiring on day seven of a road trip, doesn’t it? But I’ve learned a bit since then and now know that camping doesn’t have to mean eating like shit. Instead, I gobble up this Caprese pasta salad and love every second of it!
This Caprese pasta salad a quick and easy, no-mess no-hassle meal to add to your camping repertoire. And boy, is it worth it! You’ll feel like a fancy SOB as you dig into your hot tomatoes, soft cheese, sweet basil, and tangy vinegar while you bat away mosquitos and try to ignore your dirty hair.
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Let’s Cook the Caprese Pasta Salad
If you’ve already checked out my Caprese Campfire Pizza recipe, you’ll know how much I love Caprese salad. And if you haven’t, well, I’m a tad obsessed with it. Which you may have already figured out based on the fact that my first two camping recipes are based on it.
But regardless of my love for Caprese salad, the pasta version also happens to be a super simple, tasty recipe that lends itself very well for camping. There are minimal ingredients and most of them don’t even need to be refrigerated!
To morph a Caprese salad into a warm pasta dish, start by frying the cherry tomatoes until they’ve broken and begin to bubble. When the skin starts to break away from the tomatoes, remove them from the heat and set them aside to cool. Which, when you’re camping, usually means a spare bit of cement pad or dirt. Y’know how it goes.
Once you’ve removed the cherries from the heat, it’s time to cook your pasta. I like penne noodles, but you can use whatever kind you want.
I sometimes have trouble keeping a near-boil going when I’m using a campfire or wood-burning stove, so I often add the pasta from cold. I know it’s a little weird, but it works fine. After all, you’re camping. No one expects you to make the food exactly like normal — at least that’s what I tell myself!
Once the pasta’s done, toss it with olive oil and oregano. Quickly reheat the tomatoes, then add them, the bocconcini, and the basil leaves to the pasta. Toss it all together, then drizzle with the balsamic reduction! Yuuuuuum. Be prepared to fall in love.
Caprese Pasta Salad
- Campfire or camp stove
- Frying pan
- handful dry penne
- 7 cherry tomatoes halved
- 3-5 bocconcini halved
- 5-6 basil leaves fresh
- pinch dried oregano
- drizzle balsamic reduction / glaze
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Start a fire or use a camp stove.
- Fry the tomatoes until they burst. Set them aside to cool.
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions.
- Strain the pasta and toss in olive oil and oregano.
- Quickly reheat the tomatoes and add to pasta.
- Add bocconcini and chopped basil leaves. Toss to combine.
- Drizzle with balsamic reduction.