Pantry Staple Recipes

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.

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Collage of Pantry Staple Recipes

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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!

Cheesy rice made with pantry staples

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!

Treats

Treats

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!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Arroz Con Leche Recipe
Classic Arroz Con Leche - a variation of rice pudding that is sweet and cooked with milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and topped with cinnamon. 
4.85 from 13 votes
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Cookie Bars Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (aka Pan Chewies) - our family's go-to Sunday Night Dessert! It's your favorite cookie in bar-form served hot and perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.86 from 27 votes
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Coffee Cake Recipe
The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe! It's moist, delicious and perfect for showers, breakfast and holiday celebrations!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.7 from 196 votes
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Brownie Cookie Recipe
These chewy and fudgy brownie cookies combine the best of desserts worlds making one delicious "brookie" filled with loads of chocolate chips AND flavor!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe
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.
Total Time: 11 minutes
4.82 from 11 votes
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No Bake Cookie Recipe
Super quick, simple and yummy NO-BAKE Cookies - one of our favorite recipes! { lilluna.com } Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats!!
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.92 from 25 votes
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Deep Fried Oreos Recipe
Deep Fried Oreos is our favorite recipe for 'milk's favorite cookie'. Learning how to fry Oreos is so easy and super yummy.
Total Time: 9 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Edible Cookie Dough Recipe
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!!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.25 from 33 votes
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Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Recipe
A delicious twist on the classic oatmeal cookie! These Oatmeal Coconut Cookies are so soft, chewy, tasty - it's impossible to only eat one!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.83 from 34 votes
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Oatmeal Cookies recipe
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. 
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe
Our FAVORITE peach dessert! This homemade Peach Cobbler recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and is beyond easy! Add some ice cream and cool whip to this delicious cobbler and you're set!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.97 from 32 votes
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Mini Applesauce Muffins 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!!
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.6 from 5 votes
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Lemon Bar Recipe
These classic Lemon Bars are simple, delicious, and sweet, with just the right amount of tart! Add a bit of powdered sugar, and these easy lemon bars are irresistible!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Everyone loves a good Dump Cake recipe! This one is filled with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapples and is topped with cake mix, walnuts and butter!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Two of everyone's favorite cookies in one - these Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe
The BEST Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe. This Simple, Smooth And Fudgy Cake Is Sure To Get Rave Reviews And Is A Great Cake To Add To Your Favorite Go-To Desserts.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Energy Bites Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Snickerdoodle Blondies Recipe
Snickerdoodle Blondies recipe. If you love snickerdoodles, then you'll love this soft cake like version!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Breads

BREADS

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!
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Fry Bread 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!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.3 from 17 votes
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Homemade Bread Recipe
Basic Homemade Bread - the best, most fluffy loaf of homemade white bread! Tastes so much better than store bought!!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.94 from 195 votes
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Yeast Rolls Recipe
Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They're soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dinner Rolls Recipe
These Are Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Dinner Rolls! They Are Soft, Butter-Y And Always The Hit For Any Dinner Or Holiday Get Together. It’s So Hard To Eat Just One!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 83 votes
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Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
These easy yeast rolls can be made in under an hour with just 4 ingredients! With how quick and simple they are, they will become your new go-to dinner rolls.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Easy French Bread Recipe
The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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No Knead Bread Recipe
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.
Total Time: 3 hours 14 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Sourdough Bread Recipe
Easy rustic sourdough bread with a mild tang, crisp crust, and soft interior.
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Focaccia Bread Recipe
Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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Cinnamon Bread
The BEST Cinnamon Bread recipe ever! So soft! This will be gone in minutes and will become a family favorite in no time.
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 4 votes
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Bisquick Banana Bread Recipe
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Sides

Sides

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!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Homemade Fried Rice Recipe
Homemade Fried Rice recipe - tastes just like the restaurant! This rice is flavored with sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce mixed with peas, carrots, and eggs.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.56 from 18 votes
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Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
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.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
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!!
Total Time: 31 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
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! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Lemon Rice recipe
This easy Lemon Rice is the perfect addition to any meal. It can be served under any meat including chicken, steak, pork or fish or as a side with any dinner. It's quick and delicious!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Green Bean Casserole Recipe
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!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dinners

Dinner

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.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe
This juicy salsa verde chicken is super simple to make for dinner, and really delicious. Use salsa verde or homemade tomatillo sauce to flavor this chicken, then bake in the oven!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Salsa Chicken Recipe
Salsa chicken is your ticket to a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love! And it's all baked in one pan for easy clean up! Juicy salsa chicken with yummy ingredients and tons of flavor.
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Egg Salad Recipe
Egg salad is classic, simple, and only requires a handful of ingredients! Serve it as a side, or make it into an egg salad sandwich. Either way, it's perfect for feeding a crowd!
5 from 9 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Rice Bake
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: 35 minutes
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. 
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Broccoli Casserole Recipe
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.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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green chili smothered burrito with olives, cilantro and avocado on plate
Green Chili Smothered Burritos Recipe
Pull together the canned items in your pantry to make these super easy smothered burritos! Filled with chicken, black beans, corn, and green chilis, then smothered in enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe
One of the tastiest crock pot meals made with pantry staples! This Creamy Fiesta Chicken is perfect served over Mexican rice, pasta, or on the inside of a burrito. 
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pastas

Pastas

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.

cheesy baked spaghetti in serving spoon
Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti - a simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese and more! Everyone will love this dinner recipe!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Pasta Carbonara Recipe
A creamy, delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic and bacon. For only having a few ingredients, this Pasta Carbonara has big flavor!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
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Spaghetti Recipe
This easy spaghetti recipe is kid-friendly and is made with a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
Easy and Quick Fettuccine Alfredo that takes just 15 minutes to make! This family favorite recipe includes fettuccine, garlic, parmesan, and whipping cream and is sure to become a go-to dinner idea!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Soups

Soups

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.
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 4 votes
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Taco Soup Recipe
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!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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White Chicken Chili Recipe
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!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.98 from 40 votes
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Mexican Soup Recipe
This Mexican soup is packed with beans, shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes and a little bit of heat. It's the perfect soup to enjoy all year long.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Creamy Chicken Stew Recipe
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!!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
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!
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made in the crock pot. This soup is packed with flavorful ingredients including chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, green chilis, & lots of seasonings!
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 29 votes
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Hamburger Soup Recipe
Hearty and delicious Hamburger Soup filled with corn, carrots, potatoes, cheese and more! Best of all, it's made in the crockpot with minimal effort, making it the perfect soup recipe for a busy day!
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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