A friend of mine and I were recently talking about what draws us when we see photos of new homes. We’re both city residents living in Baltimore row houses. My family of four lives in a house that is over 100 years old, and while it has been renovated to update plumbing and add modern conveniences like central air, one thing it is definitely lacking is storage. Some people drool over pools and fireplaces and kitchens with convection ovens. My friend and I drool over closets.
Since Shop-Rite’s 40th Annual Can Can Sale kicks off this month, the discussion turned to food storage.
I can’t go too crazy when canned goods go on super sale, because I literally have no place to put it all. She said she tends to not stock up on stuff anyway, because unless she buys an item with a specific purpose in mind, it ends up shoved to the back of the cabinet and forgotten, only to emerge ages later, dusty and possibly expired and ends up either tossed or donated to the food pantry.
When a box of ShopRite canned goods arrived earlier this week, my first thought was, “Wow! This is amazing!” My second was, “Oh my goodness, where am I going to put all this?” My third thought was about how the selection I received is a fantastic representation of what sort of canned goods to keep around at all times. Things like coffee and bread crumbs are pretty easy to use up, but here are some ideas for the other items, so you never have to donate a dusty unused canned good again.
With my pile of canned goods, I threw together a delicious soup that pleased my family on a chilly night. This is just one variation on a meal made with very basic canned goods. What are you waiting for? Get to ShopRite and stock up!
Tasty and Flavorful Hamburger Soup
1/2 to 1 pound lean ground beef
1 stalk celery, chopped OR dash celery salt
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ShopRite olive oil
1 14-oz can ShopRite chicken broth
1 can ShopRite small new potatoes, drained
1 can ShopRite corn, drained
1 28-oz can ShopRite whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 handful stelline pasta (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
1 Tbsp sugar
shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons, optional
In a large stockpot, brown the ground beef, celery and onion until beef is cooked through and vegetables are soft. Drain. Add oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add broth, then fill the can twice with water and add to pot. Add pasta, corn and potatoes. Pour canned tomatoes into a bowl and mash coarsely with a fork or potato masher, then add to stock pot.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender and vegetables are heated through. Stir in sugar.
Top with croutons and shredded cheese if desired.