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!
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.
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.
3. Corn Casserole
This easy 5 ingredient Corn Casserole is a great southern style side dish, and takes next to no effort. Seriously, just mix up the ingredients, then stick it in the oven.
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.
5. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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!
10. 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!
11. 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!
12. 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!
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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!
17. 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.
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!
19. 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.
20. Red Beans and Rice
Beans and rice are a staple cheap dinner option. This Louisiana style red beans and rice recipes takes the flavors to a whole new level!
It’s surely one of our favorite pantry recipes!
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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!
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. Tuna Casserole
Tuna casserole is such a pantry staple classic, going back decades.
This tuna noodle casserole is an easy, thrifty casserole with a base of tender egg noodles, savory gravy, sweet peas, and delicate flakes of tuna with a crispy, cheesy top. This is very budget friendly and quick to assemble.
27. Beans on Toast
Beans on Toast is a super simple dish, that can be a breakfast, lunch or snack. It requires exactly two ingredients: toasts and Heinz baked beans.
28. Cheesy Potato Soup
You can’t go wrong with the combination of cheese and potatoes, and this recipe proves it. It’s an absolutely great chilly weather meal.
29. Tuna Mac and Cheese
Tuna Mac and Cheese is a classic budget friendly dish that everyone grew up on. This recipe goes beyond the box and makes it completely from scratch.
30. 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.
31. 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.
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. T
he special sauce mix, beef, and ramen all come together to make for a fantastic stir fry.
33. 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!
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.
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?”!!
So there you go, thirty five great pantry recipes. The only question now is, which to try first?
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- 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
- Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.
- Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Add to heated pan and sauté 5 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
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