What could be faster than fast food?
A pantry meal!
This pantry meal idea is so simple your ten year old could make dinner.
I often get asked what I do with all the food I can all summer. This recipe is just one answer. Home canned food is the epitome of fast food. Since the ingredients are already cooked, a meal made from pantry staples often just needs to be heated through before it’s on the table.
Two quick points of note:
1 – I often can ingredients, not meals. That means I can meat, beans, tomatoes, etc… I don’t can chili, soup, or other dishes. This leaves me more flexible. I can combine my meat and beans and tomatoes to make chili. Or I can use my meat with pasta. Or I can make a seasoned bean dish with my beans. See what I mean? Canning ingredients gives me more flexibility with my finished products.
2- You don’t have to be a home canner to make this meal, or any other pantry meal. I personally love to grow my own food and have built my life and goals around being able to do that. But a lot of people don’t love that life, or it isn’t currently possible for them. You can make any pantry meal with store bought products you get from the grocery store. Just because you don’t garden or can doesn’t mean you can’t have a stocked pantry! And don’t get me started on all the reasons to have a stocked pantry.
So what makes this pantry meal so fast and magical?
It’s dump and heat. Literally. Since all the ingredients are cooked, you just combine them in a soup pot and heat them through. When they’re warm enough to eat your dinner is ready.
Additional magic lies in the fact that it doesn’t require babysitting. You should stir it occasionally while it’s heating through, but other than that you can be getting optional toppings ready, getting drinks ready, switching the laundry….you get the drift.