Recipe: apple & parmesan risotto – family-friendly camping food

The sweet-sharp taste of this northern Italian risotto makes for a delicious dinner while camping. It’s popular with kids and difficult-to-please adults alike, and it’s suitable for people with different dietary requirements, like vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

The ingredients for apple risotto are ultralight and pack easily

Serves 2.


  • 25 ml olive oil (2 sachets)
  • 130g arborio or carnaroli rice (“risotto rice”)
  • 1/4 cup of dried onion and garlic, or 1 fresh onion and 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tart apples, dried (Granny Smiths are great) – look for dried apple rings or freeze-dried apple pieces
  • a little parsley
  • 20g dried parmesan


  1. Boil a full pot of water.
  2. Soak the onion and garlic, and separately the apples, in a little boiling water. Use the rest to make stock. Set aside.
  3. In a clean pot, heat the oil and saute the drained rehydrated onion and garlic.
  4. Add the rice and stir continuously.
  5. Add the first ladle-ful of stock before the rice sticks. Add the apple and chopped parsley.
  6. Continue adding the stock a little at a time until the rice is cooked.
  7. Serve with parmesan.

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