This collection of Pantry Staple Recipes features treats, dinners, pastas, and sides that are all made from basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand! These recipes are ideal for when the budget is tight, or in cases of emergency.
Pantry staple recipes really come in handy during weeks where the budget is tight, or in cases of emergency where you can’t get to a grocery store (or there isn’t much at the store).
Also, it’s is the best way to make sure you are going through all of your groceries rather than just acquiring more than you need and letting stuff expire. And not sure about you, but I hate wasting food and it happens more than I like to admit.
It also gives you the chance to be creative with your meal planning!
Tips for Pantry Staple Recipes:
You might associate “pantry staples” with boxed and canned items, which at first sounds “unhealthy”. But that doesn’t have to be the case! You can still make meals that are full of nutrition using packaged and canned items. Here are some tips:
You can start storing whole grain pasta, brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat flour to increase the vitamins and minerals you get from those ingredients.
You can use lots of frozen veggies or canned veggies if you don’t have money or access to fresh veggies. Frozen veggies have the same nutritional content as fresh veggies since most are frozen at the peak of freshness.
Incorporate fresh veggies or fruit wherever possible. For example, use canned beans or corn on the side of your main dish, or incorporate them in a casserole or pasta dish.
You can buy pantry essentials at any grocery store or even bulk stores like Costco. Make sure you buy appropriately for your family size. This means that it might be helpful to buy bulk pasta, beans, or rice.
Now if you are interested in long term food storage, I would look to brands like: Thrive Life, Augason Farms, Wise Company, and Legacy Food Storage.
making pantry staple Recipes:
Always use stuff on hand
Include leftovers (cut up veggies etc).
Use items that will expire or go bad first (raw meat, eggs).
Look at the fridge first
Take note of perishable items like meat, cheese, fresh fruit and veggies.
Then the pantry
Think of dry goods you can pair with the perishables like pasta, rice, bread, or other grains.
Then the freezer
Frozen meat or veggies
Make it simple, but use your spices to make it fun and flavorful!
Jalapeños or chili powder are great for spice
Chopped garlic or dried onion can create classic flavors
Don’t underestimate the power of delicious sauces like enchilada sauce or marinara!
There’s a handful of baking ingredients that I always like to have on hand in the pantry. Most of them have a pretty long shelf life—we usually use them up before they go bad. Here’s a list of what I typically have on hand:
Flour (1 year at room temp)
Yeast (2-4 months past expiration date if unopened, 4-6 months in fridge once opened)
Baking soda (2 years unopened, 6 months opened)
Baking powder (9-12 months)
Vanilla extract (5 years)
Cream of tartar (6 months)
Sugar (2 years but technically forever)
Powdered sugar (2 years but technically forever)
Brown sugar (2 years)
Cocoa powder (2-3 years)
Chocolate chips (2 years)
Pancake mix(opened for 1 year)
Honey (2 years)
Maple or agave syrup (2 years
Olive oil (2 years)
Vegetable oil (6 months)
Each of these recipes use almost exclusively baking ingredients from this list, with the exception of some eggs, milk, and butter.
Rice Pudding Recipe
Creamy and sweet rice pudding is an easy dessert that can be served hot or cold. Topped with a dash of cinnamon, it's the ultimate comfort food that brings back nostalgic memories!
Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies combine two cookie classics - No Bake Cookies + Peanut Butter Cookies. The combo of the two make a delicious, simple cookie recipe that is perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter treats.
Grab a Spoon! This Eggless Cookie Dough recipe is for all the cookie dough lovers out there! With NO eggs included in this recipe, you can use this edible cookie dough in shakes, fudge, brownies, or eat it all by itself!!
These Easy Oatmeal Cookies are a family favorite because they are chewy, soft and always gone in minutes. Filled with brown sugar and oats, these cookies are irresistible and will soon become a go-to cookie recipe.
These Mini Applesauce Muffins are the perfect snack for the whole family! Deliciously moist muffins filled with applesauce, and dipped in an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping. Although this recipe makes a big batch, you can count on it disappearing quick!!
Can’t forget all the delicious bread recipes that can be made with pantry staples. Most of these require just a few ingredients. Some of them are a little more extensive or require a little more time, but all use pantry staples most have on hand for baking. 😉
Check them out!
Easy Bread Recipe
This extremely easy bread recipe only requires FIVE ingredients to make two delicious loaves of homemade bread. Whether you're a bread beginner or a pro baker, you'll love this simple recipe!
Delicious Homemade Fry Bread - aka "Navajo Tacos" or "Indian Bread" - one of the best recipes you'll ever try! Pillows of dough fried until it's a little crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Make it sweet or savory!
This no-knead bread has only four ingredients, and could not be simpler to make! It's the perfect bread recipe for beginning bread makers, and so delicious that even experienced bread makers will love it.
Dry goods like rice and other grains make for great side dishes, and can easily be dressed up with some seasonings or citrus juices. Same with canned vegetables—pair them with a few other ingredients for an easy side.
Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Homemade Flour Tortillas made from 5 Ingredients - butter, warm water, flour, baking powder, and salt! They're so soft, easy to make, and can be used for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, however you like!!
This recipe tastes just like Cafe Rio and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! If you've ever been to either of these restaurants, you know how delicious cilantro rice is inside a salad, burrito, or taco. Now you can make this delicious lime rice from home!
Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish, especially at holiday meals! This savory casserole is simple, delicious and requires only 4 ingredients, which makes it the perfect addition to your holiday menu!
You would never know that these meals are pantry staple recipes! Unite canned meats and vegetables, dry goods, freezer items, and a few common perishable things for filling and flavorful dishes the family will love.
Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it's hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
If you're looking for a simple, delicious dinner idea that pleases the whole family, look no further! This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is filled with chicken, broccoli, rice, cream cheese and a TON of flavor!
Total Time: 35minutes
Cheesy Rice Recipe
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake - a DELICIOUS combination of chicken, rice, corn, black beans, green chiles, and cheese! This is a dinner recipe is full of flavor and is so easy to make.
One of the BEST broccoli casserole recipes! This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a simple, quick and delicious dinner filled with chicken, broccoli and cheese and topped with buttered bread crumbs! The whole family loves this easy chicken broccoli and cheese casserole.
Pasta dishes are so common for our family, especially when I need to make a quick meal, so I ALWAYS have several boxes of pasta in the pantry. Plus, there are so many ways to prepare pasta. These recipes specifically don’t use a lot of other ingredients, and they’re all very common.
Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti - a simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese and more! Everyone will love this dinner recipe!
Soup is probably one of the easiest pantry staple recipes to make from canned goods! All you really need is a liquid base (chicken or vegetable broth are pretty common for this), canned vegetables or beans, and possibly some meat. Most of these recipes are made with basic ingredients, with a few exceptions that use fresh veggies (which can always be subbed for frozen or canned).
Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
This recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle soup is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes full of chicken breast chunks, celery, carrots, and home-style egg noodles.
One of the EASIEST dinner recipes of all time! This super easy Taco Soup is made from canned chili, beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles, plus ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. All you have to do is dump everything in a pan and simmer. It's ready in under 20 minutes!
If you're looking for a hearty soup recipe, look no further than this delicious White Chicken Chili Recipe! Loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and lots of spices, this white chili has become a new favorite!! Best of all, it's ready in 30 minutes or less!
A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this Slow Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!
A warm tasty soup full of chicken, beans, corn, spices, and of course - tortilla strips on top! You're going to love this hearty, delicious soup that can be enjoyed all year long - especially in the fall!
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