How annoying is it to look into a box of pasta and see this? Especially if you've got a craving and nothing else seems like it will do. Before you start doing the calculus on whether it's worth it to change out of your pajamas (or not even change) and head to a convenience store to overpay for boxed pasta, take another look around your cupboard and you may just find there's an easier way to stretch that pasta into a real meal - or from one serving into two, or three, or four.
Whether it's that you're running low on pasta or that you want to add a bit more umph to your meal, try scrounging in your food stores for a simple can of white beans. I always try to have cans of beans on hand to toss into meals for added protein and nutrients. Stretch things even further by adding whatever veggies you've got on hand. My favorites for red sauce: mushrooms, broccoli, and zucchini. White sauce or pesto: peas, asparagus, spinach, and kale.
The protein punch will also make you more satiated than you would with a simple meal of pasta and sauce. And the best part? Canned beans are easy to have on hand and basically never go bad. They're the perfect food to stock up on. Whether it's for your next Italian craving or to wait out the zombie apocalypse.