50 Pantry-Staple Recipes

A well-stocked pantry is essential, both for easy weeknight meals and in times of an emergency. Here are 50 simple ways to turn pantry staples into delicious and complete meals.

by Amanda McFarlane


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Cooking from your pantry doesn't have to be boring! Having a well-stocked pantry is a lifesaver when you need quick and easy dinner ideas, or when you're cooking more at home — like we all are right now. Pantry staples can include items from your fridge, freezer, or dry goods in your actual pantry. We've put together a comprehensive list of ingredients to stock your pantry with, whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out. You'll know you have achieved success when you only have to shop for fresh, perishable ingredients like fruits and vegetables, some proteins, replacements for your stocked pantry goods, and specialty ingredients for specific recipes.

Meal planning can certainly help with this and we have resources to get you started. Read our Ultimate Meal Planning Guide, then check out our Best Amazon Meal Prep Containers and Five-Day Meal Plan. Plus, here are some of our favorite meal planning lists you can buy.

With a little creativity, you can turn these items into delicious and nourishing breakfasts, lunches, dinners — and even desserts — with a little effort and inspiration. And don't forget — if you don't have an ingredient, don't worry about it! For most recipes, there is either a substitution you could make (example: water for stock) or you can omit it completely. Here are some of our favorite pantry meals.

Pantry Breakfast Ideas

Whether it's breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for dinner, with a little protein, cheese, vegetables, and eggs, you can have something on the table.


-American-Style Large Curd Scrambled Eggs
- French-Style Small Curd Scrambled Eggs
-Hash Brown & Egg Breakfast Cups
- Breakfast Burritos
- Cinnamon-Cocoa Babka
- Aebleskiver
- Sweet & Spicy Oven-Baked Bacon
- Spanish Tortilla

Pantry Pasta Recipes

Most people have at least a couple dried pasta shapes in their pantry. Put them to good use with one of these simple pantry pasta recipes. Cacio-e-Pepe-Lead



Protein-Filled Main Dishes

From vegan and vegetarian to chicken and seafood, there's a main dish full of protein here for you. These may require pulling from your protein stash in the freezer, so make sure to plan ahead. Creamy-Ranch-Chicken-Noodle-Casserole-Lead


Desserts from Pantry Ingredients



What's your favorite pantry staple recipe? Let us know in the comments!

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