How to make a Nutritious Tasty Meal with little or no Cooking Skills

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If your somebody with little or no cooking skills who lives on processed food, take out pizza and the like, you may be interested in this article. Personally I find processed foods tastless and bland. Often whats inside the packaging bares little or no resemblance to the fancy print on the outside. My suggestion is a tasty Italian bean and tomato soup. Its a soup I often make when I don’t feel like cooking, and have few ingredients, but want something good and nutritious. If you have some left over stale bread, slice and drizzle on some olive and toast to make croutons. If you want to make this soup a more complete meal you can add pasta, use a small type of pasta like ditalini. Add an extra can of ckicken broth and add  the pasta to the soup for the last 10 minutes of cooking 


Put a Dutch oven on the stove, add chicken broth and barley and bring to simmer, cook for 45 minutes, then add the potatoes.

photo credit; soup/AnnaMollyMadison.

Add the vegetables, canned tomatoes, canned beans and the juice. Add the  herbs, sausage and continue to cook, season with salt and pepper.

Add a spoonful of tomato paste and stir. This will thicken the soup and give it substance, add more if you like a thicker soup.

Serve with croutons. The soup will keep 2-3 days in the fridge.


  • 1 can cooked kidney beans, cannelloni or similar 
  • 1 can chopped tomato
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup barley
  • 2 potatoes diced
  • 1 large carrot or 2 small carrots, diced
  • 2 cooked Italian sausage, pancetta or bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper            

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