We’ve gathered the best Pantry Staple recipes we could find. In times of uncertainty or when you need quick and easy meals fast, without a trip to the market, here are some easy and delicious ideas.
A well-stocked pantry is a lifesaver not only in emergencies but when you have little time to throw together a meal. Stocking basic ingredients is a budget-friendly, cost-effective, time-effective home tool that literally makes me exceedingly happy.
The following recipes are family-friendly recipes that use common pantry ingredients as well as simple ingredients to stock in your freezer and refrigerator.
What are Pantry Staple Recipes?
Pantry staple recipes, to me, use more than cans of food in the pantry. They use a variety of non-perishable ingredients, like canned foods, grains, etc., along with refrigerator and frozen ingredients I like to keep on hand. Vegetables, for instance, are great both canned and frozen, which allows a greater variety of recipes.
"It’s my favorite for a quick weeknight meal because literally everything you already have on hand. It’s legit a meal you can make entirely from your pantry and the whole family will be satisfied. (and if you happen to have someone who is opposed to olives, just use only the Castelvetrano olives."
Super simple pantry staple dinner that "while unfortunately, I can’t teleport all of us to Italy right this very minute, at least I can provide a recipe for Pasta Pomodoro that will make you feel like you’re in Italy!! Have at it!"
"This Lemon Spaghetti with Tuna and Breadcrumbs is [an] easy weeknight dinner... It’s made with pretty much 100% ingredients that you have on hand right this second – so consider dinner tonight handled!
A few simple ingredients, plus a bagged broccoli cabbage kit from the market, makes dinner in about 9 minutes. Swap the cabbage salad kit for simple cabbage or broccoli or other shredded vegetables you have in your fridge.
"Use bacon instead of pancetta in this simple 30-minute risotto with a beautiful balance of fresh and creamy. The rice cooks in the bacon drippings along with white wine, shallots, chicken stock, peas, and Parmesan cheese for a rich-tasting dish that's out of this world."