Serves 2 hungry kayakers

Once again, we were leaving in a bit of a rush in order to catch the perfect weather/tide combo, so prep for this camp stove dish took around 5 minutes. I chose to chop the veg beforehand though you may wish to include this as part of your adventure; preparing vegetables can serve as a bonding experience with your fellow wanderers.

Breaking the spaghetti in half was a necessity for fitting into one of our few Tupperware boxes and also to fit in our small 2-man pan. Please skip this step if you have a big brood of adventurers and a jumbo pan to boot. Sub the veg for whatever vegetables take your fancy…think bolognese mixed veg and you’ll be onto a winner.

I actually used mixed green and red lentils but would recommend sticking with only red, because green lentils take longer to cook and didn’t work so well with the spaghetti.


  • 2 tbsp butter (or oil)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3 mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 jar or carton of tomato passata (500g)
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 1 quarter of a broccoli (broken into small florets)
  • 1 carrot (sliced into rounds and cut in half)
  • Half a courgette (chopped)
  • 100g spaghetti
  • 1 cup (200g) red lentils
  • 500ml water
  • 1 stock cube


  1. Fry the onion in 1 tablespoon of butter. Once it has turned translucent, add the second tbsp of butter and the chopped mushrooms. Things should start smelling delicious here!
  2. Once the mushrooms have browned and softened, add the passata, tomato puree and the pesto. Stir, and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Time for the veg: add the water followed by broccoli, carrots, courgette and stock cube.
  4. Break the spaghetti in half and add it to the pan along with the lentils.
  5. If you have a lid, put it on and let the dish simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. If you haven’t covered your spaghetti, have a little extra water on hand to top up your pan if your spaghetti starts to look a little dry.

Enjoy this dish while it’s still warm, just as the sun is setting. It’ll keep you toasty until it’s time to get in your tent.


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