Think There’s No Food in the House? These 8 Recipes Might Change Your Mind

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6-Ingredient Breakfast: Baked Eggs with Spinach & Cream

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Cream

 

You know the scenario: It’s late, you’ve just returned home from a long day at work, and there are no groceries in the house to speak of. Before you pick up the phone to order your second pizza delivery of the week, stop and check your cupboards first. Bread (even the stale variety!), oatmeal, jarred tomatoes, a block of cheese—just a couple of these pantry ingredients can be enough to make a delightful dinner.

 

Next time you’re short on ingredients, turn to one of these eight different recipes. Then sit down to enjoy a simple, humble meal, and relish the thought that you’ve managed to transform what seemed like nothing into something.

 

 

Garlic Soup

 

Sopa de ajo, a Castilian specialty, is famously restorative, but it’s actually made with little more than stale bread, garlic cloves and water.

 

Cacio e Pepe

 

Cheese, pepper, pasta, butter: That’s all you need to make this Roman specialty.

 

Savory Oatmeal

 

While it’s usually relegated to breakfast, oatmeal shouldn’t be overlooked as a dinner option. This recipe’s incredibly versatile: Swap the trout for canned tuna, or omit the fish altogether; drizzle the bowl with sesame oil and soy sauce in place of olive oil; try stirring in shredded cheese of any kind.

 

Roasted Tomato Soup

 

This beloved recipe comes from Los Angeles chef Ray Garcia. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, that’s no biggie; it would work using canned tomatoes, too.

 

 

Grilled Cheese

 

Soft, stretchy cheese between two slices of bread: that’s all the proof in the world that sometimes the simplest foods in the world are the best. As long as you have a melting cheese and slices of any type of bread, grilled cheese can be in your future. (You can even make a version of egg-in-a-hole sandwiches if you have a couple of eggs on hand.)

 

Vegetable & Lentil Soup

 

Vegetable-lentil soup is a classic. Make it using whatever variety of lentils you have on hand; any variety of canned tomato—stewed, diced, whole—would work, too.

 

 

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Cream

 

This comforting dish comes together with just four ingredients excluding seasonings: eggs, spinach, cream and butter. If you don’t have spinach, substitute any other leafy green, such as kale or chard, or even frozen spinach that’s been defrosted and drained.

 

Spaghetti Arrabbiata

 

Although this recipe calls for homemade fresh pasta, we’d also turn to it on a busy weeknight for the dried spaghetti we often keep on hand. Use boxed pasta of any variety to create a

 

 

 

3 comments about “Think There’s No Food in the House? These 8 Recipes Might Change Your Mind

  1. Rave

    You have no food in your house, MAKE THESE RECIPES WITH FOOD
    makes perfect sense

    Reply
  2. Rey Leija

    I have no food in my apartment right now. Please come make those dishes. I want to see how this is accomplished. Teach a man to fish in a empty lake here!

    Reply

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