Campfire Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna: 30 minutes in a cast iron dutch oven, cooked over a campfire. Simple, easy, delicious, and incredibly filling.

Glamping: Campfire Spinach Lasagna

Campfire Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna: 30 minutes in a cast iron dutch oven, cooked over a campfire. Simple, easy, delicious, and incredibly filling.

Campfire Spinach Lasagna

“Glamping”– or, Glamour Camping– is the perfect way to enjoy time ‘with nature,’ while still feeling happy and full at the end of the day.  This series of “Glamping” recipes will focus on cooking outdoors, with recipes as exciting and fulfilling as your camping trip.  

Camping trips can leave you full of dilemmas– You’re starving, you’ve been hiking all day, and yet just as you want one of the biggest, most filling meals ever, you find yourself without electricity, refrigeration, or even an oven.  What’s a hungry hiker to do?!?!  I’ll tell you what you’re going to do– you’re going to eat!!!  With a little planning and preparation– you can find yourself chowing down on lasagna.  This recipe for Campfire Spinach Lasagna is vegetarian, simple to prepare, and delicious.  It’s also a fantastic way to eat a few more carbs than normal, especially before or after a big hike.  We devoured this tasty pasta dish the night before our hike into the Grand Canyon, and managed to eat the entire batch all by ourselves.

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Full Hikers are Happy Hikers- Hiking the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon

Full Hikers are Happy Hikers- Hiking the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon

Full Hikers are Happy Hikers- Hiking the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon

Full Hikers are Happy Hikers- Hiking the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon

A Dutch Oven is more than a pot

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Did you know that you can use a cast iron dutch oven as an actual oven?*  I didn’t.  Not until the husband started talking about how his mom used to bake bread on their camping trips, using the same dutch oven she passed on to me.  I was amazed.  To use your dutch oven as an oven, and not just a soup pan, set the pot on campfire coals with the lid upside down, and then pile some coals on top.  As I was scouring the internet for campfire cooking ideas, I found this lasagna recipe from Fresh Off the Grid.  Their recipe looked delicious, used the same campfire dutch oven trick, and was pretty similar to the vegetarian spinach lasagna recipe I already use at home.  I knew, however, that I probably wouldn’t have much access to fresh ingredients while on my camping trip to the national parks.

Gathering Ingredients

If you have absolutely no access to refrigeration, or no way to buy cheese right before you cook, try this Glamping recipe for Chana Masala.  If, however, you have access to a market near your campsite, swing by after hiking and buy some cheese.  Everything else in this recipe is shelf-stable, and will be fine waiting on you in your car while you explore nature.  I’ve also used no-boil noodles instead of standard noodles, because I didn’t want to deal with boiling noodles while camping.  If you have access to fresh pasta (I didn’t), or want to pre-boil your noodles– go for it.  The no-boil noodles worked very well for me in this recipe, however, and they’re easier.  Just remember to add the extra liquid after putting the lasagna layers together.

Making Campfire Spinach Lasagna

To cook this Campfire Spinach Lasagna, start by getting a campfire ready using coals.  Get them very hot.  Using tongs, move a few coals aside (we used about 15).  Prepare your lasagna in the dutch oven, place the lid on UPSIDE DOWN, and then move it over to the fire.  Set the dutch oven on the main batch of coals, and then use tongs to set the reserved coals on top.  Let your lasagna bake for about 25 minutes, and then carefully remove the lid.  Let it cook uncovered a few more minutes, until the excess liquid has boiled down.  Remove the lasagna from the heat, and let it cool down for a few minutes.  Dig in, and enjoy your camping trip.

Campfire Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna: 30 minutes in a cast iron dutch oven, cooked over a campfire. Simple, easy, delicious, and incredibly filling.

Campfire Spinach Lasagna

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Note: This isn’t the time to use your uber expensive, gorgeous, enameled cast iron dutch oven.  No, no, no.  This is the time to use the unenameled dutch oven– the work horse, not the show pony.  If you don’t already have one– this is the one we use.  

Campground Cooking Tips:

  • Try to stay as organized as possible.  I kept a box with my spices, oils, and kitchen equipment, and then separated produce, breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods into different reusable grocery bags.  That way, I didn’t have to pull everything out at once.
  • Clean up your dishes immediately.  The faster you clean up, the easier it will be.
  • Use available resources to add to your meal.  For example, this KOA in Durango, CO had free fresh veggies and herbs available for campers, and Mather Campground at the Grand Canyon had an especially nice, camper-friendly market.  We bought the cheese for this recipe at Mather Campground, and it was delicious.

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Campfire Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna: 30 minutes in a cast iron dutch oven, cooked over a campfire. Simple, easy, delicious, and incredibly filling.
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Campfire Spinach Lasagna

Serves 4, or 2 hungry hikers
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories 593 kcal
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 package no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 15 oz of full-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella (fresh preferred), divided
  • 1 15oz can spinach, drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1 28oz jar pasta sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • •~2 TB dried herbs (use Italian blend, or a mixture of dried oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary).

Equipment Needed:

  • access to a campfire ring or campfire area
  • 1 small bag campfire coals
  • 1 cast iron dutch oven (not enameled)
  • tongs (for moving coals)
  • pot holders
  • mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon
  • measuring cup
  • knife (for cutting lasagna)
  • can opener (if can isn't pop-top)

Instructions

  1. Preheat campfire coals until very hot. Once coals are hot, set aside around 15 coals aside for easy access (you'll be setting them on top of your dutch oven).

  2. Mix ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, spinach, salt, and herb mixture together. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Spread 1/3 mixture in the bottom of cast iron dutch oven. Top with 1/3 pasta sauce. Add one layer of lasagna noodles-- break them as necessary to fit into the round pot. Repeat twice with remaining spinach cheese mixture, pasta sauce, and noodles (you may have some noodles left over). Pour reserved liquid from spinach can into a measuring cup, and add water until you have 3/4 cup of liquid total. Pour liquid into lasagna along the edge. Top mixture with remaining mozzarella cheese.

  3. Place dutch oven lid on upside down. Set oven directly on the main batch of coals. Using tongs, set reserved coals on top of lid, and let it bake for about 25 minutes. Next, remove lid, and leave the dutch oven on the fire uncovered for about 5 more minutes. The excess liquid should be boiled off. If needed, let it cook a few more minutes until any extra liquid has thickened. Remove dutch oven from heat (if your campfire ring has a grate, you can pull the grate down and set the oven on that). Allow lasagna to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal.  Calorie calculations are based on this recipe making 4 servings.

110 thoughts on “Glamping: Campfire Spinach Lasagna

    • champagne-tastes says:

      It was pretty amazing! I thought I was marking it off my wish list by hiking half of it.. Now I want to go back and do the whole thing lol

  1. Liz @ Ready To Yumble says:

    This. Is. AMAZING! Ok so I didn’t think I was much of a camper, but this recipe makes me want to camp just to try out this baking technique! So cool! I hope dutch oven bread will be making an appearance soon!

  2. Meeta says:

    Stunning view! I love your idea of camping – really one I can adjust to. I think my husband would look at me crazy if I suggested taking the dutch oven with us ! That lasagne is worth it!

  3. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says:

    I did not know that about dutch ovens! How brilliant! I love using mine and this is an extra reason to love it more. You sure know how to camp, Sarah. This recipe sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! Even if I wasn’t camping, I’d have to try it out 🙂

  4. Tamara says:

    What a fun post! We camp (in a small trailer) so I’m typically not cooking on a campfire, but I love this idea. The recipe sounds awesome!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      I used a camp stove most nights, but I didn’t want to use up a ton of propane to cook this! It worked great! 🙂

    • champagne-tastes says:

      You totally could! I think it would even work on a charcoal grill (although I haven’t tried that yet lol)

  5. Amanda Mason says:

    Beautiful pictures of the Grand Canyon! I live in AZ and I should go hike there! But this lasagna recipe looks amazing! So glad you wrote this post!!

  6. Sally - My Custard Pie says:

    I’m completely smitten by your glamping trip… in fact can I swap places?! Those hiking scenes look incredible. I have actually baked a loaf in my cast iron casserole – it works really well. The lasagne would put a spring in my step on the hike.

  7. Kavey says:

    That does look delicious and achievable even on a camping stove! I must admit the only kind of camping I do is on safari in those really big tents with attached ensuite bathroom! And usually camp staff do the cooking. What can I say, I’m a camping diva! 😉

  8. Vicky @ Avocado Pesto says:

    I wanna be camping with you if this is what’s for dinner! The last time I went camping all we made was couscous over and over again! This sound way better and no I did not know you can use cast iron dutch oven as an actual oven when camping!

  9. Megan Marlowe says:

    The South Kaibab Trail looks absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to hike all day and then come back to the campsite and cozy around the fire while this spinach lasagna cooks. What a perfect day!

  10. Manila Spoon says:

    When you mentioned campfire, I suddenly wished it’s summer already! This is such a fantastic dish for camping. Who says you need to sacrifice on the kind of food you eat when camping? Love this!

  11. Just Jo says:

    Hell will have frozen over the day I go camping but OH MY! These meals look so wonderful – I adore the idea of cooking on a campfire even if I am most certainly not outdoorsy. I really fancy the chana recipe you’ve linked to and now I’m thinking I may have to try this lasagne on my dad’s BBQ…

  12. Byron Thomas says:

    If camping always offered something as delicious as lasagna, I’d be more inclined to go camping more often. (I’m more of a cottage guy!) 🙂 I guess though, all I need for this is an open flame – no sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags required. Score!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      You could totally do this outside a cabin or cottage! (Actually you could do this outside your house too if you’ve got a fire pit and just really want to try it. Lol)

  13. Kylee from Kylee Cooks says:

    I love to glamp! We actually take our RV into the woods (we have very young children), so tents aren’t my favorite – but we usually cook outside. I’ve NEVER used a dutch oven on a campfire, but NOW I’m totally going to! That recipe looks fantastic, a must try for us!

  14. Anne Murphy says:

    I’ve actually seen a Dutch Oven made with a recess on the lid for the coals, so you don’t have to flip it over.

    I’d only thought of using it for bread, though – lasagna is a great idea! Because you’re right – you need a hearty meal after a day hiking!

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    We love hiking and we are targeting one National park at a time. So far we have hiked at about 12 national parks and soon we will be doing Grand Canyon. I am just waiting for my 6 year old to grow up a little more before we conquer that. We have never camped but that is something we want to try out soon. We are always scared about the cooking part as we are vegetarians and we have very few friends who understand it. This recipe looks awesome and if I master this, we could literally eat just this all our camping trip 🙂

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Aw that’s awesome! Yes it’s kind of hard to find good vegetarian camping recipes! Check out the other ones on my site (Go to Resources > Cooking Lessons > Glamping), and I should be posting some more this summer!

  16. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery says:

    I love cast iron baking – we used to do it all the time camping as kids. Never for anything as fancy as a lasagna, but we did lots of homemade bread or brownies. We also did a lot of solar oven cooking with our DIY solar oven. Now I’m all nostalgic for my childhood camping trips!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      I’ve never tried solar oven cooking! Bread and brownies sound awesome- I never make either so that would make me more nervous than pasta! Lol

  17. Monica | Nourish & Fete says:

    What a brilliant idea to use the Dutch oven this way! And I had to laugh at your observation about using the workhorse, not the show pony – so true, and so important to remember for those of us who might prefer “glamping” to its rougher cousins! This looks amazing, I will be excited to try it out next time we’re out in the wilderness!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Yes!! I bet that’s even where it got the name (who knew??). You could do this on a campfire at home too 🙂

  18. Lisa | Garlic & Zest says:

    I give you credit — glamping…. I’ve only camped on a handful of occasions and I can assure you that our meals looked nothing like that! Well done. I imagine I could make it in an oven as well… yes??? Spinach lasagna is one of my all time favorites, too!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Thanks Lisa! Lol- yes you could totally do this in an oven! I’d have to check the cook time and temperature beforehand (and I’d probably use more fresh ingredients). I’ll get around to posting that at some point! Lol

  19. Diana says:

    I love lasagne and I will need this recipe next time we go camping! Last week I made cookies in a dutch oven when we went camping. They turned out great! Next time I’ll try to make a lasagna.

  20. Debra C. says:

    Those old cook pots are such an amazing vessel. I love that you’ve focused a meal totally around it. This read brings back childhood with fishing and camping, how much fun and what a great way to share a meal!!

  21. Cliona Keane says:

    I love how easy you’re making it to eat fab food whilst ‘glamping’! I’d never think of making this kind of food on a campfire, but I think I’ll have to up my camping food game now!

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