During our vanlife adventure in Sardinia we discovered Fregola, tiny pearls of pasta made by hand which originate from the Italian island. Fregola is a very versatile ingredient and can be used in soups, stews, salads and in this recipe made into a risotto-like pasta dish.
It is one of our favourite campervan kitchen staples. So much so we brought plenty back with us! However, you can find it online (amazon), in posh supermarkets and Italian delis. Although you could substitute it for Orzo or Arborio rice, you may need to add more stock/water.
This recipe can be easily adapted to suit your tastes, camper kitchen supplies and diets - it can be made totally vegetarian and vegan.
Recipe from Meg, from Flora & the Novice Explorers
’Alessio family is pretty serious about their sauce. Jen grew up watching her grandmother cook pasta sauce on the stove all day. Although a 4 hour marinara is delicious, sometimes a quick, fresh sauce is a bit more practical. Here’s our version of a garden fresh pasta sauce.
Voted amongst the top van life eats of all time we give you a classic and authentic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that we make in our van all the time! A date night speciality 😉
To be really authentic a mix of both pork and beef is used but for van life storage we tend to use just beef.
This is a really simple dish to add more or less of the main ingredients, such as the pasta and smoked salmon, you can also fry different mushrooms with a little garlic paste to make it a veggie dish. I use different veg depending what I have, such as green beans, peas and sweetcorn
In this one pot dinner, Gouda and mushrooms come together with pasta in a creamy bechamel sauce all sprinkled with delectable truffle salt to make an irresistible bowl of the most heavenly, elevated, yet easily attainable Mac and Cheese you’ve ever had!
It sounds complicated, fancy, and time consuming, but I swear it’s not! Only a handful of ingredients most of which you probably already have and only one stovetop pot and you’ll be in heaven in no time.
Before I have baked the final pasta with a breadcrumb topping which I also highly recommend. However, stopping at the stovetop stage does keep the pasta at an incredibly delicious creamy stage that I honestly probably now prefer.
I use to make this one all the time back home, when I fancied something creamy and comforting. Here however, fresh mushrooms aren’t so easy to find, plus they aren’t cheap either.
If you’re in the south at the right time of year, you may be able to get your hands on some cheap wild mushrooms in the markets. The ones you want are the impressive Loyo mushrooms, from the porcini family.
For the most part, we ended up using tinned mushrooms. I won’t try and claim that these are the real thing, however they do have the advantage of being cheap, easy to find, and of course, lasting forever.
By all means, use fresh if you can, but if not don’t be afraid to give these a go, you may be surprised.
All the other ingredients for this recipe are also long life, so you can think about this one in the supermarket, and then forget about it till a rainy day.