Camp Recipe: Turkey Sausage Rotini Pasta (Vegetarian Option Available)

Last weekend we decided to go camping at Piney Campground at Land Between The Lakes. Our main goal was just to relax, eat, and drink wine and coffee. Nothing else! I decided to take advantage or our lazy camping trip to cook our favorite camp recipe, turkey sausage pasta for dinner in our new MSR Gear cooking system. I wanted to put our new pots and pans to the test and what better way to do so than with a delicious meal. To say the least, we cooked ourselves a delicious breakfast and dinner and it was so worth it. We enjoyed our meals by the campfire overlooking the lake and the sunset.

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If you follow me on Instagram you will already know how much I love food. I feel like that is all we do when we are outdoors. Whether it is coming up with new camp recipes or eating delicious healthy snacks, you are for sure to know that we will be eating.

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HOW TO COOK YOUR TURKEY SAUSAGE PASTA

This is a fairly easy camp recipe to make. I make this at home as well when I want something quick to make. The best thing about this camp recipe is that you can always customize it to how you like and even make it vegetarian or vegan.

For this camp recipe I used the MSR Gear WindBurner Stove System Combo and the WindBurner Stock Pot. I also used the TrailShot Water Filter to have clean filtered water for my food.

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INGREDIENTS

  • Turkey Sausage
  • Tri-color Rotini Pasta
  • Cheese (you can use vegan cheese)
  • 1/2 of a green pepper
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed or smashed (I usually add about 4 or 5 cloves)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 potatoes (depending on size)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

OTHER INGREDIENTS THAT YOU CAN ADD OR SUBSTITUTE

  • Substitute the turkey sausage for vegetarian sausage or leave it out all together.
  • You can add other vegetables to it as well such as mushrooms, carrots, red peppers...
  • You can also use another type of sausage.

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PREP BEFORE CAMPING

Before leaving to your camping trip, you can make things a little easier by doing some prep work. You can easily dice up your vegetables and put them in a bag in your cooler or a bowl. Don't dice the potatoes though as they will turn black. You can also slice your turkey sausage before heading out and place them in a separate bag.

MY SPECIAL GARLIC PRESS PREP

I usually use a pilón which is a traditional item that we use in Puerto Rico to smash and break up our vegetables, plantains, and other food items. You can also use a garlic press for this. I take a whole garlic and remove the peel and break them up. I place them in a very small bowl with some olive oil and a little bit of salt and it is very to be used for any cooking recipe. You can even add this to your food such as egg burritos, tacos, avocados, and other foods to give it an extra delicious kick.

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DIRECTIONS

Here are the step by step directions that I take when cooking this delicious camp recipe.

  1. Put the water to boil for your pasta. Add a pinch of salt and a tiny bit of oil. I used the MSR Gear WindBurner Stock Pot cause it has a drain system on the lid making it easier to drain your water once the pasta is done.
  2. Dice up all of your vegetables (onions, peppers, and potatoes). Once diced, you can place them in your Sauce Pot till the pasta is made. Add some salt and pepper to it along with your can of diced tomatoes.
  3. Cut your turkey sausage in four. I used only one pack of turkey sausage which comes with two turkey sausages in them. I cut each one in half and then half again longways. Then sliced. Once cut place them in your Ceramic Skillet. You can add a hint of salt.
  4. Once your water comes to a boil, add about 1/2 of the pasta box to your water. This may happen while you are cutting your vegetables or sausage. You can also add the full box depending on how much you are wanting to make. Half a box was good enough for my family of 4 and we still had left overs.
  5. Once the pasta is tender you can drain it. Make sure to follow LNT principles when draining your water. turkey sausage pasta camp recipes camping meals
  6. Set your pasta to the side in the pot covered and start cooking your vegetables. Once your potatoes are tender you can remove from the burner and set aside in the pot covered. If you want more juice to your pasta you can add about half cup of filtered water to it. Don't forget to add garlic, salt and pepper to your vegetables as you cook and stir occasionally. I usually add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of garlic which is about 4 pressed garlic cloves. Add according to your desire.
  7. Once your vegetables are done you can start doing your sausage. Cook on the skillet while stirring occasionally. As the turkey sausage is cooking you can add the vegetables in with your pasta and stir it all together. You can add cheese to it so it can start melting. turkey sausage pasta camp recipes camping mealsturkey sausage pasta camp recipes camping meals
  8. When your turkey sausage is done being cooked, remove from burner, place the pasta with vegetables on the burner, and add the turkey sausage to your pasta. Stir for about two to three minutes and remove from burner. turkey sausage pasta camp recipes camping mealsturkey sausage pasta camp recipes camping meals
  9. Serve and eat. Leave pasta covered with lid.

If you have any leftovers you can store them in a bowl or pot in your cooler to eat for lunch the next day. You can warm it up in the same pot but make sure to continue stirring to avoid it from getting burned or stuck to the bottom of the pot.

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ENJOY!

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Turkey Sausage Rotini Pasta

This delicious turkey sausage pasta is perfect for a healthy and filling dinner for your next camping trip. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessica Tejera

Ingredients

  • 2 Turkey Sausages One package usually comes with 2 sausages
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 3 Medium Sized Potatoes
  • 2-4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2/3 Box of Tri-Color Rotini Pasta
  • 1 Small Package of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Large can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Put the water to boil for your pasta. Add a pinch of salt and a tiny bit of oil. I used the MSR Gear WindBurner Stock Pot cause it has a drain system on the lid making it easier to drain your water once the pasta is done.
  • Dice up all of your vegetables (onions, peppers, and potatoes). Once diced, you can place them in your Sauce Pot till the pasta is made. Add some salt and pepper to it along with your can of diced tomatoes.
  • Cut your turkey sausage in four. I used only one pack of turkey sausage which comes with two turkey sausages in them. I cut each one in half and then half again longways. Then sliced. Once cut place them in your Ceramic Skillet. You can add a hint of salt.
  • Once your water comes to a boil, add about 1/2 of the pasta box to your water. This may happen while you are cutting your vegetables or sausage. You can also add the full box depending on how much you are wanting to make. Half a box was good enough for my family of 4 and we still had left overs.
  • Once the pasta is tender you can drain it. Make sure to follow LNT principles when draining your water.
  • Set your pasta to the side in the pot covered and start cooking your vegetables. Once your potatoes are tender you can remove from the burner and set aside in the pot covered. If you want more juice to your pasta you can add about half cup of filtered water to it. Don’t forget to add garlic, salt and pepper to your vegetables as you cook and stir occasionally. I usually add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of garlic which is about 4 pressed garlic cloves. Add according to your desire.
  • Once your vegetables are done you can start doing your sausage. Cook on the skillet while stirring occasionally. As the turkey sausage is cooking you can add the vegetables in with your pasta and stir it all together. You can add cheese to it so it can start melting.
  • When your turkey sausage is done being cooked, remove from burner, place the pasta with vegetables on the burner, and add the turkey sausage to your pasta. Stir for about two to three minutes and remove from burner.
  • Serve and eat. Leave pasta covered with lid so it stays juicy. 

Notes

Other ingredients that you can add or substitute: 

  • Substitute the turkey sausage for vegetarian sausage or leave it out all together.
  • You can add other vegetables to it as well such as mushrooms, carrots, red peppers…
  • You can also use another type of sausage.
***If you have any leftovers you can store them in a bowl or pot in your cooler.
 
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