Chef Camper Backpacking Recipes for Outdoor Enthusiasts

🥣 Backpacker's One-Pot Lentil Soup Recipe

Looking for a nutritious and easy backpacking meal? Try our Backpacker's One-Pot Lentil Soup recipe. Perfect for solo hikers, it requires minimal ingredients and can be customized to your liking.

Backpacker's One-Pot Lentil Soup

You will need:

  • dried lentils1 cup of dried lentils
  • diced onion1 small onion, diced
  • minced garlic2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • chopped carrot1 carrot, chopped
  • water4 cups of water
  • vegetable bouillon cube1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • salt and pepperSalt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • backpacking stoveBackpacking stove
  • backpacking cookwareBackpacking cookware


  1. Start by heating the olive oil in your pot over the backpacking stove.
  2. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Next, add the chopped carrot and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the dried lentils, water, and vegetable bouillon cube to the pot.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer.
  6. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy your nutritious and heartwarming meal.


This recipe is perfect for a solo hiker as it's easy to prepare, nutritious, and requires minimal ingredients. You can also customize it by adding other vegetables or spices you like.

Embarking on a backpacking adventure doesn't mean you have to compromise on hearty and nutritious meals. With our Backpacker's One-Pot Lentil Soup, you can enjoy a delicious, warm meal that is easy to prepare and packed with essential nutrients, perfect for refueling after a long day's hike.

One of the key advantages of this recipe is its simplicity. All you need is a handful of ingredients and your trusty backpacking stove and cookware. The lentils not only provide a rich source of protein and fiber but also cook quickly, making them an ideal choice for backpacking meals.

Moreover, this recipe is highly customizable. Feel free to throw in any extra vegetables you have on hand or spice it up with your favorite seasonings. This is a great way to make your meal even more enjoyable and tailored to your personal preference. If you're looking for more inspiration, check out our collection of vegetarian and vegan backpacking recipes.

But the best part? This recipe is designed with minimal cleanup in mind. By using just one pot, you can save water and reduce the amount of gear you need to carry. For more tips on efficient and eco-friendly camping meals, take a look at our one-pot vegan camping meals guide.

So, whether you're a seasoned backpacker or a novice in outdoor cooking, this Backpacker's One-Pot Lentil Soup recipe is a reliable addition to your camping menu. It's proof that outdoor meals can be simple, nutritious, and most importantly, delicious. For more easy and healthy camping meal ideas, don't hesitate to explore our campsite meals FAQ.

Remember, the great outdoors is a fantastic place to experiment with new recipes and cooking techniques. So, grab your backpacking stove and cookware, and let's start cooking!