Barley Lentil Soup

This hearty soup with fresh vegetables can easily be made into a vegetarian dish by using vegetable stock in place of beef broth.

Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti

Pimentos and green chilies combine with cheddar to give Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti casserole its unique flavor. The casserole freezes well so if you want to double up on the recipe, it’s a good dish to stock the freezer.

30 Minute Hash Brown Potato Soup

Hash Brown Potato Soup is so quick and easy that it is one of my “crisis meals”—meals that can be made in 20-30 minutes with shelf-stable (or freezer) ingredients that I keep on hand.

Black Beans and Rice

This quick stovetop Black Beans and Rice can be made in the time it takes to cook the rice. Adjust the spices to your taste by using salsa that is hot or mild, or add a chopped jalapeno to the pepper and onion.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

We’ve used broccoli and cheddar in this delicious and easy quiche, but you can substitute different cheeses or vegetables to use what you have. Try it this way or with spinach and mozzarella cheese or mushrooms and Swiss.

Pasta with Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto can be made in the time it takes for the pasta to boil, so this is really a quick stovetop meal.

How to Make Homemade Pesto

Keeping fresh basil on hand makes homemade pesto easy. Basil is the basis for pesto, and using fresh basil that you have just cut from the stem makes your pesto incredibly flavorful. If you are serving pesto with pasta, the pesto can be made in the time it takes for the pasta to boil, so this is really a quick stovetop meal. Pesto freezes well, so it’s easy to make a bulk batch and keep it on hand in the freezer.

Vegetable Stromboli

I love recipes like this because they are so easily adapted to what you have on hand. There are so many combinations that would be good—mix it up by using leftover meat or spinach instead of the vegetables listed, or try swapping out different cheeses. Anytime you can reduce waste by using leftovers instead of throwing them away, you save money.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Soup with a sandwich is often relegated to lunch fare, but it makes an easy and delicious supper when you are short on time. I’m a big fan of sandwich makers to make a quick meal, and I used mine to make grilled cheese sandwiches to serve with this creamy soup.

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

This stovetop dish can be easily adapted to use what you have on hand; the basic recipe can be used in any number of unique combinations. Substitute any pasta for fusilli, any vegetable or vegetable mix for broccoli, add chicken, or experiment with various cheeses. Omit the lemon juice if your combination of vegetables and cheese doesn’t work well with the citrus flavor, and adjust the cooking time of the pasta and vegetables as needed.

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