Lamb and barley are a classic. Avoid the more expensive cuts; lamb shanks and even lamb neck bones flavor and thicken the stew.
Paella and jambalaya are both dry stews with the rice cooked right in the pot along with smoked sausage and/or ham, chicken and shellfish.
When there’s nothing in the house to make; make this. Heathy, low calalorie, high fiber, and delicous. Spice it the way you like it.