Yummy One Pot Comfort Food!

This is one of our favorite warm, hearty and comforting Dutch oven camping recipes that is especially wonderful during cold weather camping trips.

The Italian flavors in this Dutch oven campfire goulash are bold, tasty and easily achieved with simple ingredients.

Campfire Goulash by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on a grate in a campfire ring with a campfire burning in the background, the pot is filled with goulash and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and ready to be served with text over the image that reads campfire goulash.

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How To Make Campfire Goulash In Your Dutch Oven

As one of our favorite one pot camping meals, this recipe is made in a single pot so you’ll just keep adding layers of flavor to the Dutch oven as you build this yummy goulash meal.

Step 1. Prepare your veggies.

One of the most important things to do when you are making easy camping meals is to prep all of your ingredients before you start cooking.

This particular recipe is super easy, you just need to chop a bit of onion, celery and garlic.

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Step 2. Get your cooking equipment ready.

I like making this as one of our regular winter camping recipes that I cook over a campfire but if I am making this when we are under campfire restrictions, I just use a propane stove.

If you are making this as one of our campfire recipes, you’ll need to get your fire going in order to cook over coals (not flames) … alternatively, you can use charcoal briquettes.

If fire restrictions prevent you from using an open flame … or you just prefer cooking with propane, you can also make this as one of our camp stove recipes so get your stove ready for cooking on a level surface.

Step 3. Brown the meat.

The flavorful Italian sausage in this recipe needs to be browned in your 12-inch cast iron camp Dutch oven over medium heat.

There is enough fat in the meat so you don’t have to add any oil to the pot for browning.

Step 4. Add the veggies.

After the sausage is browned, you can add the onion, celery and garlic to the pot.

You’ll only cook them a few minutes, just until they are softened.

Make sure you keep stirring to ensure nothing sticks.

Step 5. Add the liquids.

It’s time to add the broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot.

This will quickly cool down the Dutch oven so just add the cover and bring the mixture up to simmer.

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Step 6. Add the pasta.

As soon as the mixture is simmering, you’ll add the macaroni to the pot.

Then, raise the heat to bring the mixture to a low boil.

Just leave the cover off of the oven and cook the macaroni until it is softened.

Camp Cooking Tip: If you are cooking pasta in a Dutch oven but the pasta is not cooking as fast as the liquid is evaporating, you will have to add more liquid. For this particular recipe, you may need to add about 1/2 – 1 cup water during this part of the cooking process.

Step 7. Thicken and serve.

Now it is time to let the goulash thicken slightly, just keep it cooking uncovered until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese for serving.

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Print This Dutch Oven Goulash Camping Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 oz carton beef broth
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can Great Northern beans, undrained
  • 16 oz package elbow macaroni dry pasta
  • Water, as needed, approximately 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a 12-inch Dutch oven over medium heat, fry the sausage breaking it up as it lightly browns.
  2. Now add the onion, celery and garlic and cook until the veggies are softened, stirring frequently to make sure nothing sticks.
  3. Stir the broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot, cover and bring the mixture up to simmer.
  4. Uncover the pot and add the macaroni, raise the heat to bring the mixture to a low boil and cook uncovered till the macaroni is softened. You may need to add about 1/2 – 1 cup water if the liquid is getting absorbed before the macaroni is softened.
  5. Continue cooking until the goulash is slightly thickened.
  6. Serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 546Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 1335mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

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