Recipe: sausage and pasta! Yum!

When camping, I like food that is easy, healthy, and hearty. We do a lot when we are out, and we need to replace calories burned by hiking and biking, beach combing, exploring, and eating s’mores…hey, wait a minute!

This is one of my favorite dinners for a couple of reasons. 1) Portions are easy to control: easy to do for 2 or, if you have more, just add! 2) Tasty! Good protein and carbs, then just add a salad and you are good to go. 3) Super easy to pack!

Here is how I make our sausage and pasta:

I like to use Aidells Sausages. They are precooked, all-natural, no nitrite sausages. My favorite are the chicken apple ones. For some reason they just taste the best when cooked outside (although we make them a lot at home too). I like to make them with some kind of tubular pasta, penne or conchiglie are my favorites.


Sweet Corn
(use as much as you will eat, or as little as you need!)

• I start by putting a pot of water (lightly salted) to boil.
• While that is happening, I take the sausages out and cut them into little disks.
• By the time I have finished that, the water is boiling, so I put the pasta in the water to cook, per the package instructions.


• I put a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and start browning the sausage disks. Turning them as needed. After a couple of minutes I start adding small amounts of pasta water into the skillet to steam the sausages and to create a light sauce.

• As soon as the pasta is about 1 minute from being finished, I throw in a couple hand fulls of corn. My favorite is Trader Joes Sweet Corn.


• drain pasta and corn in a colander and put back in the pot. Finish cooking the sausage so it looks something like this:

• Add the sausage and sauce to the pasta and give a good mix up to coat everything. Plate it up and put some fresh Parmesano Reggiano on the top and add your salad.

Bon Appetite!


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  1. Thanks for the yummy recipe. I made it for dinner tonight and my hubby gave it 2 thumbs up! Wish we had the Aidell’s chicken & apple sausage to try here in Minnesota, but I’m thinking it must be more of a Northwest regional brand. Our local favorite sausage was a tasty substitute, however. I will add this recipe as one to include in our camping recipe favorites collection. Appreciated the pictures you included with the recipe – great job!!

    1. Thanks for the compliment and for the comment!

      Aidells is a brand by Chef Bruce Aidell out of California. We have had them for years up here and I can even find them in Costco in the jumbo packs, which I keep in the freezer. Here is their website:
      I noticed they had a retail locator, where you enter your zip code and it tells you where they sell them in your area.i did a quick search with a random Mineapolis zip code and several store come up, so you might have them in your area too!

      By the way, the Maple and Smoked Bacon breakfast sausages are excellent too, and they taste amazing when cooked outside! Big time yum!

  2. Looking good… the photos really help get an idea of what is going on. Will try it next time out, KISS… even I can make and it’s quick ‘N Easy… Keeping It Simple Stupid works best for me anyway… fun…
    Thanks.. look forward to more with the pics..

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