Going camping? You can still have a delicious dinner with this hearty meatball marinara foil packet meal. Flavorful Italian meatballs, tangy marinara, mozzarella and onions and peppers are delicious straight out of the foil packet or as a meatball sub. These foil packets work great as a camping or vacation meal cooked on the grill but can also be done at home in the oven for an easy dinner.
Our family loves to camp and now that I’m Scout leader for my son’s den, we will be doing even more camping. As a food blogger I love a good cooking challenge and I consider it a test of my cooking skills and ingenuity to come up with meals that are easy to make while camping but also feel like a real meal and not just a warmed up can of beans. One of my favorite ways to cook when camping is foil packet meals. They are easy to throw ingredients in the foil and then let the grill do its thing. Oh and no dirty dishes is a bonus! We even use them at home for a quick meal. I got hooked on them after I make this Sausage and Potato Foil Packet Meal on a beach trip.
- ½ tbs of olive oil per foil packet
- Sprinkle of Italian seasoning per foil packet
- 5-6 frozen Italian meat balls per foil packet
- ¼ cup red onions cut in large chunks per foil packet (adjust to more or less per personal preference)
- ¼ cup sliced jar of fire roasted red peppers per foil packet (again adjust to personal preference)
- enough marinara to lightly cover the tops of the meatballs in each foil packet
- sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese to cover meatballs and marinara in each foil packet
- Preheat grill or oven to 350 degrees.
- Tear off one square for each foil packet. I pull off about 18 inches per packet.
- Drizzle the olive oil on the foil square.
- Add the he meatballs, onions, and peppers to the packet.
- Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and mix to coat in olive oil so the meal does not stick to the foil or burn.
- Turn the sizes of the foil up to start forming the packets.
- Drizzle marinara over the top of the meal.
- Sprinkle mozzarella on top of the meal.
- Roll down the tops of the foil and leave each end open slightly for ventilation.
- Repeat process for each foil packet.
- Place foil packets either on indirect heat on the grill or in the oven.
- Let cook for 35-45 minutes or until cheese is melted and meat balls cooked through.
- Can eat directly out of foil packet, or use for a meatball sub, or over pasta.
When my son turned 6 we did something that most kids dream about at one point or another. I know I did as a kid. We stayed at a teepee in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Let me tell you this was a hit with the kids and I had one happy birthday boy. Mom and dad thought it was pretty cool too. (I will be sharing the full travel details in an upcoming post!) One of my son’s favorite foods is meatballs so I created this with him in mind. He is a special needs picky eater who I’ve had in feeding therapy with some success so for him to request a food is a big deal. He also likes marinara so he was loving this foil packet meal. Though I did make his without the peppers and onions. Baby steps, Danielsan.
Camping meal challenge accepted for the birthday trip. Both the Meatball Marinara Foil Packet Meal and the destination were a success!