Kitchen Cabinet Stew

Necessity is the mother of invention. Right? When it gets to the day before payday many people have to become really creative. I created this recipe tonight and it worked really well.

Serves 6-8 people

Basic Ingredients:
4 - 5 medium-sized cans of whatever vegetables you have in your cabinet
1 large-sized can of tomatoes (tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, or whole peeled tomatoes that are cut up will work)
1 lb any kind of pasta
2 - 3 lbs of whatever meat you have in your freezer
Whatever spices in your cabinet that you usually use in a spaghetti or stew-type dish

What I Used:
1 medium-sized can Diced Potatoes
1 medium-sized can Green Beans
1 large-sized can Mixed Vegetables
1 large-sized can Whole Peeled Tomatoes (which I diced)
1 lb Ground Beef
2 Cube Steaks (because they were there and weren't going to be used for anything else)
14 ounces Mini Shell Pasta
3 Bay Leaves
1 tbsp Oregano
McCormick's Steakhouse Onion Burger seasoning
Salt and Pepper

1. Cook the meat with whatever spices you choose, drain the grease, and set aside.
2. Cook the pasta to where it is hard but not crunchy. If you are using a long pasta then break it in to 2-inch pieces. Drain then add back to the pot.
3. Put everything canned, including the juice, in to the pot with the pasta. Add desired seasoning. Heat on medium-high until boiling. 
4. Add meat then return to a boil.

Any kind of shredded cheese is good as a topping. 
Garlic bread or just plain bread and butter is good to serve with the stew.

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