My best solution? A soup I'm calling "Oh Sh*t" Soup. It comes together in a flash and is the perfect example of utilizing a well stocked pantry. Nothing in here is exotic or unusual and it all lends itself well to substitutions. Everything in here should be in your kitchen already. Measurements are anything but precise and seasonings can vary wildly. It's a combination of these things:
The end result? A thick, rich soup that is not only tasty but pretty darn good for you. Looks a little something like this:
This isn't really a recipe but rather a method for transfoming some basic ingredients into something special. Adjust it to your tastes, and your pantry, and you'll have a quick dinner for those nights when you find yourself saying "Oh Sh*t!"
While the veggies are cooking, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add 8 ounces of farro, barley, brown rice, or quinoa and cook until its just beginning to get tender but is still a bit shy of al dente, cooking time depends on the grain. When its done, drain it well. You can leave this part out all together or even add some orzo to the soup right before it finishes cooking.