I live in Oregon, and we’ve officially moved into the COLD COLD SO COLD months. The other day I was rooting around in the kitchen for something hearty but easy, something that could be made in ten minutes or less. We had a ton of leftover steamed white rice from dinner the night before that I planned to incorporate, but I wasn’t sure what else to mix in.
I discovered three cans of beans and a meal was born: some kind of soup that would be filling and make me happy. Here’s what I mixed in:
- Beans: black, white, and pinto (I used canned because it’s fast)
- Carrots (I chopped up baby carrots)
- CHEESE CHEESE AND MORE CHEESE (shredded gouda and cheddar)
The beauty in this is that it’s so fast:
- Put your rice in a pot. Heat it up.
- Add beans (I drained and washed the black beans, but just dumped in the white and pinto as is)
- Add veggies
- Smother in cheese (totally optional, it’s probably better without)
- Stir it up
- Add more cheese (again, optional)
I served it up to myself with crackers (Milton’s Roasted Garlic & Herb) and tortilla chips. The beans make this soup dense and filling, so I ended up having leftovers for the next four meals. This was super simple, and you can go so many places with it. Oh, the joys of cooking with stuff that’s already in your house — what are your favorite spur-of-the-moment recipes you’ve invented based on what was easily on-hand?