Gourmet Camping Meals: Simple Udon Recipe

Sure, roasting weenies and marshmallows over the campfire is a classic pastime, but there are simple ways to take your camping meals up a notch. With a little prep work, there's no reason you can't get gourmet on the trail. 

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To do so, you need to plan your camping meals in advance and ration out and pack based on your menu. The little extras you bring—think spices, gourmet oils, seasonal foods—will make all the difference.

For example, dehydrated mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, herbs, carrots, potatoes, peppers, garlic and meat make for great camping meals like soup, pasta or stir fry options, all of which are a step above roasted hot dogs. 

Add this recipe for udon soup, a Japanese noodle dish, to your camping meals menu; it's sure to please everyone.

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You will need:

A Package of Udon Noodles

These thick, white noodles are made from wheat or corn flour and you can buy them already boiled and sealed. If it's easier and more convenient for packing and carrying, you can also substitute the udon with dried ramen or soba noodles. 

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6 Cups Dashi or Miso Soup Stock

You can buy dashi or miso soup stock. These come in a convenient package for camping.

2 Leeks

Slice and dehydrate these or pack them fresh.


Use as much as you want and keep the stems on. You can dehydrate the spinach before you go, but it's best to keep it fresh if you can.

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