1 cup pearl barley
2 cups water
1 mild Italian sausage
1 can Italian style diced tomatoes
1 can Great Northern beans
Put barley, water, and sausage into a pot. Cover, bring to boil, turn heat to medium low and ignore for 20 minutes. Open can of beans, drain, dump in pot. Dump can of diced tomatoes in pot. Remove sausage, cut into chunks and return to pot. Keeping heat on low, ignore for another 20 minutes to 2 hours. Declare it food, nom.
Whole thing cost me $4, will feed me for four meals (or a family of four for dinner).