Ramen fits the bill on many an occasion, versatile, yummy for sure.
As a stir-fry, soup, or garnish, it’s an inexpensive, go-to item for everyone’s pantry*.
Also, there’s so much variety in Ramen: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, all good.
Ramen provides a terrific base for left-over vegetables of all kinds. Chop them up fine, toss them in the pot, and let them simmer…before you know it,
My mother-in-law gave me a few versions of a Korean brand a while back; I’m still going through them and they are spicy / tasty.
Suffering through a flu just now, and the noodles are saving me.
True Comfort Food!