Sometimes Simple is Best

LeanneI grew up in a family that went camping for a week twice every summer. We had a tent the size of a small meeting hall to accommodate the five to seven family members and friends involved. I watched my mom work hard to feed everyone.  I have wonderful memories, but when it came to camping with my own family, is it any wonder that I’ve been reluctant to fill my mother’s shoes?  Perhaps this is why “glamping” (glamour + camping) has caught my fancy.  My husband and I recently rented a decked-out vintage trailer that the company delivers to any park outside of Bend, Oregon.   Now, that’s my idea of camping!  Of course, I got carried away planning the food for this trip and we ended up abandoning some of the more elaborate meal ideas for simpler versions. My husband made a simple pasta dish that was just what I like and I wanted to share the recipe with you here.  I’m learning that it’s good to keep food preparation at a minimum while camping, even if it is “glamping!”

Fresh Fettuccine with Chorizo

2 ounces dry Spanish-style chorizo, sliced
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup panko crumbs
9 ounces fresh fettuccine
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Chop chorizo and garlic in a food processor (or finely chop by hand if camping).  Sauté mixture in 1 tablespoon olive oil until lightly browned.  Cook pasta until al dente and drain well.  While pasta cooks, add crumbs to chorizo and sauté until well toasted.  Right before serving, toss pasta with chorizo mixture and season with salt and pepper (Chorizo can be salty so taste before salting). A little finely chopped parsley would be nice on this as well. Serves 2 or 3 people

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