25 Fabulous Pantry Recipes
These pantry recipes use ingredients that you probably have on hand all the time, either in your cupboard or freezer.
All of these recipes use mostly shelf-stable food, that is, food that is canned, dried or frozen and that can “keep” for a long time. I call them pantry basics.
In this crazy time we are going through now, it’s good to have recipes like this on hand, recipes that you don’t have to plan a grocery trip around.
I have counted some fresh ingredients as pantry items because they are things we all have on hand all the time – potatoes, onions and garlic for example.
Other than those ingredients, most of these recipes call for very few other fresh ingredients, which makes them perfect for times when you haven’t been able to get to the grocery store for fresh produce in a while.
Of course these dishes are delicious any time. They just seem more valuable when you know you can whip them up with very little menu planning or fresh grocery purchases.
I hope you enjoy them. Please use the comments area at the bottom of the page to add your own fantastic pantry recipes.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
I love this chicken enchilada casserole. It’s really delicious, easy to make and for the most part uses ingredients most of us will have on hand most of the time. If you are in the mood for Tex-Mex, give this recipe a try.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Easy Moroccan Chicken
I call this Moroccan chicken because it carries some of the flavors from that country, but it’s really just an easy, tasty chicken recipe that uses ingredients you probably have on hand like cinnamon, cumin, almonds and honey. Give Moroccan chicken a try if you want something just a bit different.
Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage
Pasta recipes are perfect for cooking with pantry ingredients because you can whip up something fabulous with just a few ingredients from the cupboard. This recipe makes a quick Italian tomato sauce and pairs it with Italian sausage, all in under 30 minutes. Get the full recipe here.
Thai Sesame Noodles
These Thai flavored noodles are delicious and made almost completely from shelf stable pantry items. You can even leave out the scallions (green onions) if you need. For the full sesame noodles recipe, look here.
Chicken Tagine with Dates and Honey
This recipe gives you the flavors of chicken cooked in a tagine without the need to have that special pot. Warm Middle Eastern spices plus a bit of sweetness, with the crunch of almonds. Click here to get the full recipe for this delicious chicken.
These salmon patties are so easy to make with that can of salmon most of us have in the cupboard all the time. Mix in a few other every day ingredients to make these tasty patties that you can eat like a burger or serve on their own. Go here for the salmon patty recipe.
These meatballs are just a bit different from the standard Italian style meatballs. They feature the flavors of cumin and paprika, a really tasty combination it turns out. Get the recipe for paprika meatballs here.
You’ll love this easy taco soup that is made mostly from ingredients you will have in your pantry. If you want tummy warming pantry recipes, start here with this wonderful taco soup recipe.
Swedish meatballs are a classic and this recipe is made easy with a sauce made from canned soup – the perfect pantry item. If you like meatballs, you will like this easy recipe. Look for the Swedish meatballs recipe here.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
A classic tuna noodle casserole. The recipe calls for frozen broccoli, but you can substitute traditional frozen peas if you would like. You will find the full recipe for tuna noodle casserole here.
One of the most popular recipes on our site and on our Pinterest, shepherd’s pie is a real classic. But this delicious recipe is surprisingly made mostly from ingredients you’ll have on hand in your pantry. Look here for the full shepherd’s pie recipe.
I call this vegetarian recipe “Italian” eggs. My cousin first made it for me and I loved it. It’s a variation of Middle Eastern shakshouka, but made with Italian flavors. Click here to get the complete recipe.
Now here is something you don’t see much any more, a recipe for light and lovely cheese souffle. It is surprisingly easy to make, takes very few ingredients and is ready in no time. You’ll find the cheese souffle recipe here.
Orange Porks Chops
These pork chops are so easy. The sauce is made from orange marmalade. The flavors take plain old pork chops to another level completely. Look here for the recipe.
Meat loaf is a classic comfort food recipe and this version is timeless for sure, using oats instead of bread crumbs for great flavor. The meat loaf recipe is here.
Yes, you can make lots of vegetarian recipes with mostly pantry items and this is a tasty one. Spicy, flavorful chickpea curry. Just add rice for a great vegetarian meal. Look here for the recipe for chickpea curry.
These meatballs are really easy to make (well, most meatballs are) and comes with it’s own quick and easy “gravy”. Make your own thrifty meatballs with the recipe here.
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Linguine with clam sauce always seems “classy” to me, but it’s so quick and easy to make any day of the week. Click here to get the recipe for linguine with clams.
Another great vegetarian recipe, falafel is one of my favorite things in the world. I love it with tahini, hummus and pickled turnips. If falafel is your thing too, or you want to give it a try, look here for the complete recipe.
This is a super easy, delicious chicken recipe made totally with shelf stable ingredients you probably have on hand. With just 4 ingredients I think you will love it. You can find the full recipe for apricot chicken, one of our delicious pantry recipes, right here.
Oven Baked BBQ Chicken
If you are a barbeque chicken lover, you’ll want to try this easy oven baked version. It’s so easy, and the sauce comes together quickly with just pantry ingredients. Get the full oven baked bbq chicken recipe.
Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs
Another great tasting chicken recipe that pretty much uses all pantry items. I love the great taste you get when you mix balsamic vinegar with honey, and of course a little garlic. Simple and delicious. Get the full recipe for these chicken thighs here.
Add some salsa and a few other flavors to hamburger meat and you’ve got yourself some tasty burgers. I love how just a few simple pantry items can take things to another level. You’ll find the complete recipe for salsa burgers here.
Oven Baked Brisket
This oven baked brisket recipe is another of our fabulous pantry recipes. It is made with just beef plus ingredients you can have in your pantry. Simple, but it packs a lot of flavor. Look for the brisket recipe here.
There are many other pantry recipes on the site that use predominantly long life pantry stable ingredients. Have a look at some of these too:
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