Campsite Cooking: An Easy Backpacking Recipe - Tuna Noodler

Welcome to another installment of Campsite Cooking. This week we are featuring another easy backpacking recipe called Tuna Noodler. This is a very easy meal to cook while out on the trail. It only takes a few ingredients, is easy to cook and tastes great. Watch the video for more information or check out the recipe below.

Easy Backpacking Recipe: Tuna Noodler




The inspiration for this backpacking recipe comes from a roommate I had during my ski bum days. He made "Tuna Noodler" almost every day because it was really cheap, easy and tasted pretty good. I made a few modifications to the original Tuna Noodler to make it a little more easy to pack in a backpack. Check out the ingredients below.

Easy Backpacking Recipe: What you'll Need



  • 2 Cups Pasta Noodles

  • A 7 oz. Pouch of Tuna

  • Onion Soup Packet

  • 3 Tablespoons of Instant Milk

  • 2 Cups of Water


At the Campsite


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add pasta noodles and stir occasionally. Cook six to eight minutes until the water is mostly evaporated and absorbed. Add instant milk and onion soup packet then stir. Add tuna and stir thoroughly to break up the chunks of tuna. Enjoy.

Campsite Cooking Score


Easy Backpack recipe

With a final score of 3.8 this meal is definitely worth trying out. It tastes good, is inexpensive and is a really easy backpacking recipe that you can make at your campsite. Try it out and leave us a comment below to let us know what you think.

Do you want to find more great campsite cooking meals and backpacking recipes? Check out the other meals in our series.

Trailside Chicken and Rice
Backpacking Beef and Noodles
Pizza Taters
Bangers and MashDutch Oven Breakfast Burritos

Check back next week as we'll have another great campsite cooking recipe. Do you have a favorite camping meal you'd like to share with us?
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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