When I'm in a hurry I often make a quick noodle soup, this usually takes me no more than 10 minutes to make a fresh healthy and tasty soup. It's a complete cheat really, but tastes good and is great for a busy lifestyle.
You can us this simple recipe and then add whatever you have lying around to add more to it.
Whilst I cook most things using all fresh ingredients I also keep a selection of prepared items if I'm in a rush. These include jars of crushed garlic, chopped chilli, grated ginger pre-cooked noodles. Occasionally coriander, but I always prefer fresh when I remember to pick it up.
Step 1: Ingredients - The Base
This is just to make a tasty base for a soup, you can add other ingredients depending what you have. Feel free to vary these ingredients to your own taste. I often add Chilli to mine, but would leave that as an option so this is a little more universal.
500ml stock (I use chicken, but vegetable or Dashi would work just as well)
pinch of sugar, preferably soft brown or palm to balance any spice and add a rounded flavour
a whole star anise
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger from a jar
1 teaspoon of Soy Sauce
Some fresh coriander (or pre-prepared in a jar)