While I never approach these challenges with enthusiasm, sometimes the results are better than expected! I frequently will make dry beans or pasta in bulk and then toss the cooked versions in the freezer for times like these (white beans and elbows this time). I almost always have an onion, stalk of celery, and a carrot or two in the fridge. I have a never ending stash of kale and herbs that I dried. I have an equally never ending stash of green beans that I froze, plus lots of homemade broth. Plus I found a package of bacon buried in the freezer.
And with that, I made a soup that my kids claim is the "Best Soup Ever".
Who else plays games like these? I can't be alone!