10 Fast and Easy Recipes made with Pantry Ingredients
As we’ve all seen recently, recipes made with pantry ingredients can certainly come in handy at times. Here’s a quick round-up of a few fast and easy pantry meals and baked goodies that you can make in a pinch!
I’ll be the first to admit, I am not the best about having a fully stocked pantry. That’s because I mostly cook with fresh foods whenever possible!
However, in light of our current situation, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the meals we do turn to whenever we need something in a pinch. The ones we think of time and time again, because they are fast, easy, and created with very few ingredients, (most of which are pantry-based).
Psst… bored at home right now? If you’re not cooking or baking, this list of fun things to do at home will provide the perfect inspiration!
You know I can’t leave out my favorite baked goodies, too! Several of these baking recipes are made with the most minimal of pantry items and baking essentials.
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Basic Pantry Essentials
I’ve chatted before about pantry organization, and you might have seen my printable list of baking essentials.
Kitchen organization is one of my favorite subjects, but the reality is that my minimalist style can often mean we aren’t stocked up on items we don’t use frequently.
Because I prefer things to be well organized and simple with only the items we truly use on a daily basis, our pantry staples might not be the same as yours!
Simple Staple Ingredients
My pantry might look a little empty in comparison to some of yours! For example, I don’t use a lot of canned or dry goods. Not for of any specific reason, it’s just not what I turn to on a regular basis!
Whereas many people might keep diced tomatoes, tomato sauces, and a variety of items like dry white beans or canned black beans, I only buy those items when I specifically need them for chili or soup in the fall, etc.
Another pantry item that we always skip? Salad dressings! Once I realized how easy they are to make from scratch, we usually just whip one up whenever we need it.
A little good quality olive oil, cider vinegar, and dried herbs will take you a long way. This white balsamic vinaigrette, for example, is made from pantry ingredients.
The Fastest and Easiest of all Pantry Meals: Cooking Pasta
Above all, in my opinion, there’s no better pantry dinner than my ultimate favorite. PASTA. Forever and ever, this dinner has my heart for a multitude of reasons.
While I love to make homemade pasta, including these incredibly easy egg noodles, there are a variety of ways to make a fast pasta dinner with your pantry stash of grocery store boxed pasta. In fact, you can find a delicious round-up of many of my favorite pasta dinners right here.
Pasta is filling, inexpensive, and comforting. It’s the ultimate easy-dinner pantry staple!
Dinners and Desserts made with Pantry Staples
Get all the links for some of my favorite dinners and treats made with ingredients you're likely to have on hand! These are the fastest, simplest recipes in my arsenal. Enjoy!
Light and flavorful three ingredient Aglio e Olio, a traditional Italian dish! The perfect weeknight dinner made with pantry ingredients in just ten minutes.
Easy Cacio e Pepe recipe, a simple Roman dish meaning cheese and pepper, which is pretty much all I need in life! This easy Italian pasta dish comes together in just 20 minutes making it perfect for a family weeknight meal. Made with just 5 ingredients, the simplicity of this dish is pure perfection!
Have olive oil and frozen chicken? Then you've got dinner! The juiciest baked chicken breast in just a few minutes! Perfect for tacos, salads, as an entree or served on a bed of pasta. Learn how to bake chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.
A jar of pesto and fresh or frozen chicken breasts, and you've got an incredible dinner that is FULL of flavor.
I love to keep the ingredients for this quick and easy pasta salad on hand. Skip the onion, and most every ingredient in this recipe can be kept in the pantry: pasta, olive oil, vinegar, artichoke hearts and pimentos. It's a perfect lunch or side dish and keeps so well in the fridge!
Yes, this one requires beer. But some of us consider that an essential in trying times, as well! The best Beer Bread is incredibly simple, made from staple ingredients. This beer bread recipe has a buttery crust and the perfect crumb. It’s a one dish, no fuss bread recipe that takes just 5 minutes hands on time!
Sweet Bread is so incredibly easy to make and only takes 5 minutes hands on time. This easy Sweet Bread recipe requires only staple ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and vegetable oil!
This edible cookie dough recipe is the perfect sweet treat! So easy to make, this no bake recipe is a family favorite and is great to serve as a dessert or as a mid afternoon snack. This eggless cookie dough comes together quickly and is made with pantry staple ingredients.
These soft and chewy Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are naturally gluten-free and so easy to make! With just a few simple ingredients, no one will ever know this is a cookie recipe without flour. Simple and sweet, you won’t be able to resist that classic peanut butter and chocolate combination!
This brown sugar bread recipe is full of flavor and incredibly easy to make. A no yeast bread made with staple ingredients and just 5 minutes hands-on time!
More Ideas for Last Minute Dinners
You might not have all these items in your pantry, but they are our very favorite quick and easy dinners that come together with very few ingredients in a flash.
- Have Breakfast for Dinner! Have you ever made my easy French toast or apple pie oatmeal? They are both filling, fun ideas for a quick dinner or breakfast that take very little time or effort.
- Have butter? Have cheese? Don’t miss this incredible creamy fontina pasta! It’s three ingredients and melty, gooey delicious flavor.
- Have white or brown rice on hand? Maybe a little sesame oil? Try my friend Ali’s delicious fried rice. It comes together so quickly and is so much better than any takeout option.
- Nachos! Have you ever made my chicken nachos? You’d be surprised at how flexible and easy it is to throw together a nacho dinner, and your family will go crazy for it!
If you’ve got butter and eggs, you’ve probably got chocolate chips and the other baking essentials to make these incredible chocolate chip cookie muffins. So much fun for the kids and perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert!
I’d love to hear from you! What are your must-have pantry essentials? Are there things you always keep on hand, regardless of the season or situation?
I’d love to know about your favorite dinner ideas for those times when you don’t have much on hand.
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