Did you ever have a recipe that you knew you probably shouldn’t share? For years I’ve had this one pot meal I’d throw together when times were tough and money was short. It’s filling and actually pretty tasty.

Start with starch. Cook up a couple potatoes (preferable reds) until mostly done or a bag of noodles (elbow macaroni, spaghetti, linguini, egg noodles, whatever’s in the cupboard).

Drop the starch into a pot and open a 16oz bottle of salsa (hot, mild, whatever) and pour it in. Add a little can of tomato sauce. Turn the burner on to medium high.

Basil – basil goes good with tomatoes and there’s always basil in the cupboard. Whatever fits in the palm of your hand.

Garlic – 2 – 4 cloves, finely chopped.

Vegies – Whatever looks alive and edible in the reefer. Zucchini, broccoli, green peppers, green beans. Maybe 1 minute or so in the microwave.

Meat – Again whatever is in the fridge. Half a loop of kielbasa, sliced is nice. Goop is good without the meat.

Salsa not hot enough? – Add some jalapenos or maybe a nice teaspoon or two of Tóúng Ót Tói Viet-Nam Chili Garlic Sauce (I *always* have a jar in the reefer)

Heat the “Goop” until it starts to bubble. As it heats, shred or chop up a goodly amount of sharp cheddar (preferably Tillamook).

Finish with a couple tablespoons of a good mayonaisse to thicken and stir in cheese until it just melts.

Grab a bag of corn chips and enjoy. Probably enough left over for another meal.

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