Lasagna is not something many people associate with a camping trip. But with a Dutch Oven, you can cook just about anything over a fire. None of the Lasagna recipes I found in my cast iron cookbooks were done quite the way I like it, though. This is my dutch oven recipe for lasagna, based on a number of different lasagna recipes, as well as my wife’s method of making it in the oven. And it includes notes specific to preparing it in a dutch oven over a fire or charcoal.
Here’s what you need for this Dutch Oven Lasagna Recipe
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1 box of lasagna noodles (1 lb)
- 1 large jar (32 oz) of spaghetti sauce, or two 24oz bottles if you want a little more sauce in the recipe
- 1 4-cup package of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 12 oz container of Ricotta cheese
- ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup of water
I take take the hamburger and Italian sausage and brown them ahead of time at home in a skillet, and then pack it in a zip lock to take to the camp out. If you have time, you can freeze the meat in the zip lock.
You can lightly oil the dutch oven if it needs it, but if it’s got a good coating of oil from the last use/cleaning it should be OK.
Put some sauce on the bottom of the dutch oven, then start layering the noodles (uncooked), meat, cheese, sauce. Save some mozzarella cheese for the top. You need to creatively break the noodles to fit them together in the round pot. When you get to the top layer pour the water over it, then put the last of your mozzarella cheese on
it, and top with the Parmesan cheese. To make cleanup just a little easier, you can pour the 3/4 cup of water into the sauce jar and shake it up, then pour that on the lasagna before adding the final layer of cheese, to make use of every last bit of the sauce!
To cook with charcoal, the original recipe said to put 10 briquettes under the dutch oven and 13 on the lid, then cook for 45 minutes. I have learned over time, my Camp Chef dutch oven needs a pretty good bed of coals under it, such as a single layer that is under the whole oven and a similar number on the top. It usually needs a lot more heat than a recipe calls for. So until you get the hang of how many coals your oven needs just keep an eye on things, checking occasionally.
Optionally, you can mix the cheese all together with an egg, I don’t normally do that because there is one more bowl to clean. I just layer everything in the dutch oven. If you wanted to take a gallon zip lock and add all the cheese, and an egg, and shake it up, that is also an option. But it comes out fine without the egg.
Most recipes I’ve seen only call for 1 lb of ground beef, and some use cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I’ve always used ricotta, and I like my lasagna with more meat in it, so I changed it up, but you can use whatever variation you like.
Note: This recipe also works in a large crockpot if you want to do it at home someday, but I leave out most of the water, just putting a little in the sauce jars to clean them out some and dumping that in the crockpot. I then cook it on low for about 4 hours.
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