A great-tasting quick meal chock-full of Italian goodness may already be in your pantry.
Three cans of common ingredients, a loaf of Italian bread and a little Parmesan cheese is all you need. Try this one when you are short of time, it’s great for lunch or dinner.
Not much to this wonderful Italian infused meal: Canned minestrone, white beans and Beefaroni. Simply heat the contents, pour into bowls (serves 3-4). Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese onto each bowl, tear off a generous hunk of good French bread and enjoy. How to make your own French bread, Click here for classic French Bread
This is truly a meal in minutes!
Need to feed more? At the cost of these ingredients, you can double or triple the quantities and feed a small army for just a few dollars, especially if you stock up during sales. These items are frequently advertised for a dollar each or less (so is the bread–or make your own). Some grocers will offer a hefty discount when you order full cases of canned goods.
Yes, freshly grated Parmesan is far superior to the packaged stuff, but this blog doesn’t always focus on scratch cooking or time-consuming procedures. And nothing is better than a day-long simmering pot of Italian tomatoes, vegetables and white beans, but there are days when none of us (even chefs) have the time or the desire to tackle a host of fresh ingredients — sometimes something out of a can often satisfies both body and soul.