This meal can literally be on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish. While I certainly wouldn't call it "gourmet", it's flavorsome and filling, and for an after-work-and-school weeknight dinner, isn't that what really counts?

Best of all, it utilizes mostly pantry items: spaghetti (or rice), canned tomatoes, corn and olives. For the meat I used a combination of hot dogs and sliced smoked turkey breast, but leftover chicken (either diced or shredded) works well too.

If you want to spend a little extra time and up the flavor a bit, you could add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and a sautéed onion.


  • 1 (1lb.) box spaghetti
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn
  • 6 slices smoked turkey breast, cubed
  • 4 beef hot dogs, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced olives
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Fill a pot with hot water. Cover and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until tender.
  2. Drain the water and add in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook until hot. Serve.