The Camp Cook’s Easy One-Pot Dinner Party

By October 2, 2013Easy Meals

One pot meals

I have an Aussie friend called Phil who makes amazing meals with a single pot and an ancient frying pan. This wandering artist travels all over the outback pitching tents in remote places, miles from any bodega. He calls himself the “Camp Cook” because he can pull a few cans and other goodies out of an icebox, build a fire out of fallen branches and minutes later have put together a yummy one pot meal (not to mention he’s as camp as a row of tents). Phil could host a gourmet dinner party on the set of Survivor. This recipe courtesy of the Camp Cook is called “Lentils in Limbo.” It’s an ideal one-pot meal to share with friends.

  • Splash of olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large jalapeño chili pepper, diced and seeded
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 dried chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans lentils
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper

To make this recipe all you will need is a bottle opener, can opener, knife and a large saucepan. Fry the onion, garlic and chili until soft. Add sliced chorizos and continue to cook for a couple of minutes before adding the red wine. Cook until the wine has almost evaporated, then add potatoes, carrots, 1 cup of water, tomato paste, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring this lot to a boil. Then add lentils and remaining cup of water. Return to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until you get a very thick soup. The Camp Cook recommends serving this dish with crusty bread and butter. Serves about 6.

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