sunday was very dark and rainy around these parts. one of those afternoons that is best spent in doors, windows open, cool breeze traveling through the house and a nice pot of soup on the stove. so i intended to do just that. except i had zero ingredients for a comforting concoction [and wasn't about to go out in the rain to get it]. or so i thought. i literally emptied my refrigerator and pantry to come up with this satisfying stew. it started out as a version of minestrone and ended up as a fulfilling taco soup. i first made a mirepoix [thank you guy from the food network for that sophisticated term] of carrots, celery and onions. next i browned 97/3 lean ground beef. and then subsequently dumped in the contents of my cupboards. i added a dash or two of all the spices i own, one cup of marinara, one cup of bender's best salsa, one and a half cups of pasta, a half packet of taco seasoning, one package of frozen corn and two cups of water. i let it all marry and served it up with a couple pinches of shredded cheese. i can [humbly] report that it was the bombdotcom. especially considering it cost [virtually] nothing and will be hanging around for a couple more meals. i also got to enjoy the moral satisfaction of not wasting perfectly good food. overall, a true winner. i wouldn't suggest trying to replicate, as i am convinced the bender salsa is what did the trick, but i would encourage a cleaning-out-creation in your near future. bon appetit!