But one of the toughest parts about camping is figure out what to eat and keeping everything safe when you are without refrigeration. Once you get past the basic “weenies on a stick” and “burgers over the grill” it can get more tricky. Especially if you are staying at a campsite without any running water. Canned foods are the perfect solution for campfire meals. Cans offer a large variety of convenient, nutritious, inexpensive, and readily available choices, all year round. They are portable and self-contained, which makes them a great addition to the camp box.
This recipe for Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup (which was passed on to me by dear friend Kathe, orginally from Del Monte) is also a perfect example of how you can create a homemade meal over a campfire, without the need for any preparation or even running water! You LITERALLY open 7 cans and heat. It is that easy.
Campfire Italian Garden Vegetable Soup:
(If you are controlling sodium in your diet, all of these ingredients are also available in low sodium versions)
See!?! I told you it was super easy!
To “fancy” it up (when I am making it at home) I added a little grated parmesan cheese to the top. It is really good! And because all the vegetables are familiar, I don’t get any complaints from the kids. Even the baby enjoys it!