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    The 35 BEST Pantry Staple Recipes

    Out of fresh ingredients and wondering what to cook? This collection of Pantry Staple Recipes is just what you need!

    In no time, you can have a tasty and nutritious dinner on the table for your family, with just what you have around the house.

    These recipes revolve around the following “pantry staple” ingredients:

    • Canned foods – veggies, meats, beans, etc.
    • Shelf stable ingredients – dried grains, dried beans, baking ingredients, nuts, seasonings
    • Long lasting fresh produce – potatoes and other root vegetables, onions, garlic, cabbage, bell peppers, hard squash
    • Dairy and eggs
    • Frozen items – meats, vegetables, breads

    So, who says you can’t whip up a great meal in a pinch? Go through all of these pantry staple dishes, and enjoy easy!

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    The Best Pantry Staple Recipes:

    1. Salmon Patties

    Here’s how to make the best Salmon Patties! These Salman Patties are tender and flaky on the inside, golden and crispy outside.

    This easy canned salmon patty recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner, which will be loved by your entire family.

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    2. Gigi Hadid Pasta (Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka)

    What is Gigi Hadid Pasta? Simple… Pasta made by Gigi Hadid, which broke the internet when it went viral on instagram and tiktok.

    If you look closely, it’s the same delicious creamy and cheesy pasta alla vodka, with a slight makeover – it gets pleasantly spiked with heat from red chili flakes.

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    3. Fasolada

    This is the best rustic and homely Greek bean soup, Fasolada for a cold winter’s day. Healthy, simple and extra comforting, this Fasolada is no doubt the national Greek dish!

    This is the authentic recipe for Greek soup, a trademark dish that has nourished generations.

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    4. TikTok Ramen

    Whether or not you’re a fan of TikTok, this recipe became popular on the app for a reason. This savory ramen is made up of brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and an egg that gets cooked into the noodles to help bake in that tasty flavor.

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    5. Stamppot

    Dutch Stamppot is a comfort food of the Netherlands. It’s simply potatoes mashed with hearty kale and topped with smoky sausages.

    There are no rules about what goes into Stamppot, so the variety is as endless as your imagination. This recipe is perfect for a winter or fall meal.

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    6. Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)

    This Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans) are the most flavorful beans simmered in a tomato, sofrito and sazon based broth with potatoes and olives.

    These hearty beans are the definition of comfort food when served over a bed of warm rice. It’s a classic staple with every Puerto Rican dinner.

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    7. Tuna Casserole

    Tuna casserole is such a pantry staple classic, going back decades. Just stir Tuna, cooked noodles, cream of mushroom soup and a few other ingredients into a baking dish, sprinkle buttered bread crumbs and pop it in the oven.

    It’s an absolutely delicious comfort food for you to cook for your family!

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    8. Moroccan Lentil Soup

    Give your regular lentils an exotic makeover with this delectable soup.

    The warm and flavorful combination of Moroccan spices will forever change your idea of a bowl of lentils.

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    9. Welsh Rarebit

    Welsh Rarebit, also known as Welsh Rabbit, it is a traditional British meal. The dish is a delicious cheese sauce over bread.

    The flavorful cheese sauce made with sharp cheddar cheese, beer, paprika and mustard, and is served hot on crisp bread. It’s a delicious dish that will be perfect for a light supper or hearty snack.

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    10. Smoky Chipotle Chili

    A big pot of chili is always a good option when you’re low on fresh ingredients. This Chipotle Chili will sure keep you warm on frosty winter nights.

    It’s packed with the flavors you expect in a chili, but with the added bonus of chipotles in adobo sauce for that extra depth of smokiness.

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    11. Tuna Mac and Cheese

    Tuna Mac and Cheese is a quick, nutritious and easy and kid friendly recipe that is sure to be your family’s favorite pantry staple dinner.

    A classic Mac and Cheese is loaded with canned tuna and other creamy delicious ingredients. It’s a protein and omega rich dish which will keep you satisfied all day.

    Get the Recipe @ maesmenu

    12. Biscuits and Gravy

    The ultimate Southern breakfast! Hot, homemade biscuits topped with the most amazing sausage gravy.

    This one is so hearty, it makes a great pantry staple dinner, too!

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    13. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    10 minutes of active cook time on your part, with simple pantry staple ingredients, and this amazing casserole full of Mexican flavors happens.

    And did you hear one skillet? Yup music to my ears, for easy clean up later.

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    14. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Looking for a perfect Meatball recipe? Look no further! These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are made with frozen meatballs and canned pineapple chunks.

    They’re the perfect appetizer or dinner, served over rice or noodles.

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    15. Chickpea Curry

    This easy Chickpea Curry recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s quick and easy to make, comes together in one pot, and uses pantry ingredients so you can make it any time the craving hits.

    The recipe packs in some serious flavor, but it doesn’t require any hard to find spices, and it’s loaded with protein and fiber.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    16. Chipped Beef on Toast

    A pantry staple going back for decades, chipped beef on toast is about as simple as you can get.

    It takes less that 15 minutes to get this vintage recipe on the table, and it’s hearty enough to keep you satisfied for hours.

    Get the Recipe @ aspicyperspective

    17. Chicken Tinga Tacos

    Chicken Tinga Tacos out of canned chicken… Yes, really!

    You’re taco night just got a whole lot easier. These come together in only 15 minutes for the fastest Taco Tuesday ever!

    Get the Recipe @ bingeworthybites

    18. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

    What is Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup? Nostalgia in a bowl!

    Hearty tomato soup topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. So, so cozy!

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    19. Quiche Lorraine

    This quiche Lorraine recipe creates a classic French dish that’s light, fluffy, and amazingly cheesy.

    It uses bacon, onions, cream, eggs, salt, and pepper to make a quiche with a wonderfully flaky crust. You’re sure to love it.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    20. Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup

    Here’s a twist on your favorite comfort soup… Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup. Tender, perfectly seasoned, chicken meatballs and orzo pasta along with veggies in a tasty light broth.

    You may never go back to your traditional chicken noodle!

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    21. Healthy Chicken Ramen Stir Fry

    Easy to make and healthy?!? It may sound too good to be true, but yes, this healthy chicken ramen stir fry will impress you!

    It can be made in less than twenty minutes, and this recipe shows how to adapt it to your liking. This stir fry is one of the best!

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    22. Korean Style Ground Pork Soup

    We love this Korean style ground pork soup. This deliciously slurpy soup is filled with Asian flavors! It’s got a coconut milk based broth, and a little bit of heat from some gochujang chili paste.

    This one will turn you into a hopeless ramen-tic!

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    23. Pantry Chicken Taco Soup

    This Chicken Taco Soup is a quick and easy way to satisfy your taco cravings! 

    It takes only 20 minutes and is made entirely with pantry staples.

    Get the Recipe @ foodfolksandfun

    24. Tuna Fried Rice

    This Tuna Fried Rice is packed full of flavor and textures which you will love. It’s a perfect dish to make for a quick and easy meal.

    It’s a healthy and filling dish and you will always have the staple ingredients available in your pantry.

    Get the Recipe @ marionskitchen

    25. Beans on Toast

    Beans on Toast has been eaten for years everyday in the UK for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    It’s a super simple dish that literally only requires two ingredients, but it’s comfort food on a plate for many.

    Get the Recipe @ yummymummykitchen

    26. Cheesy Potato Soup

    A warm cozy bowl of this Cheesy Potato Soup is a recipe for pure comfort! Potatoes are simmered in broth until tender, smashed and combined with a rich cheesy sauce.

    This delicious soup is an absolutely great chilly weather meal.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    27. Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    This Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas is comfort food at its best, and one of our favorite recipes.

    The recipe is so flavorful, hearty, easy, delicious and budget friendly that you can easily include it on your weekly dinner menu. This flavor combination is just too good!

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    28. Chicken Dumpling Soup

    Who doesn’t love a warming bowl of chicken and dumplings? If you’re running late and want that Southern classic in a jiffy, this recipe is for you!

    Using canned chicken, just 30 minutes is all it takes for a potful of comfort.

    Get the Recipe @ lilluna

    29. Salmon Loaf

    Forget meatloaf, mix it up this Salmon Loaf instead. Because this recipe calls for canned salmon, it is a budget-friendly meal.

    It’s a great recipe for a fallback supper or lunch when you don’t have anything fresh on hand. It is definitely a fast and easy way to get food on the table.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchenmagpie

    30. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy, healthy… this vegetarian black bean chili, based on Panera’s black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less.

    It’s a great meatless option for busy weeknights.

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    31. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish!

    Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings. So good!

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    32. Beef Ramen Stir Fry

    This beef ramen stir fry mixes tender, juicy, beef with sweet and savory peanut sauce and classic ramen noodles. The peanut sauce is mixed with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sriracha sauce, garlic, and vinegar.

    The special sauce mix, beef, and ramen all come together to make for a fantastic stir fry.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    33. Red Beans and Rice

    Red Beans and Rice is a classic New Orleans recipe. It’s rich, thick, flavorful, has a lot of fiber and protein, and is super delicious.

    It’s right up there with the best of comfort foods.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    34. Ramen Carbonara

    Ramen is a lot of people’s favorite pantry staple food, and this ramen carbonara makes for a perfect comfort dish.

    Taking only fifteen minutes to make, this ramen is full of delicious comforting flavors and ingredients like salty bacon, cheese sauce, and slurpy noodles.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    35. Cacio e Pepe

    Now you can’t get more simple than this Italian classic, Cacio e Pepe. Tender noodles tossed with parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper in a light sauce.

    So easy, yet so tasty. Perfect answer for that last minute “oh no, what’s for dinner?”!!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    So there you go, thirty five great pantry recipes. The only question now is, which to try first?

    Pin or bookmark this collection of pantry staple meals so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new recipes!

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    35 BEST Pantry Staple Mains

    This collection of Pantry Staple Recipes will be your hero when you have nothing fresh on hand to cook with. We love this easy black bean chili.


    • 3 15.5 oz cans black beans
    • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 bell peppers (I used one red and one green)
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup vegetable stock
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil


      1. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.
      2. Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Add to heated pan and sauté 5 minutes.
      3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.

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