Pantry Staple Recipes

This collection of Pantry Staple Recipes features treats, dinners, pastas, and sides that are all made from basic pantry ingredients—ideal for when the budget is tight, or in cases of emergency.

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Collage of various Pantry Staple Recipes.

make dinner with pantry staples

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.

Not sure about you, but I hate wasting food and it happens more than I like to admit.

Using pantry staples also gives you the chance to be creative with your meal planning!

Cans of diced tomatoes, whole kernel sweet corn, black beans, and diced green chiles.

What kinds of food to keep in the pantry?

“Pantry” refers to a food storage area in the home that is at room-temperature such as a kitchen pantry, a closet, or a cupboard. Any items that do not need to be refrigerated or frozen can be stored in the pantry.

This includes, but isn’t limited to items like:

  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Dried, dehydrated, and freeze-dried food
  • Unopened canned goods like fruits, vegetables, soups, beans, or meats.
  • Oils, shortening, vinegar
  • Unopened condiments, sauces, and jams
  • Nuts, nut butters, and peanut butter
  • Unopened bottles of water, juice, and even some milks
  • Cereal, oats, crackers, cookies, pasta 
  • Dried beans, lentils, rice, grains

THIS POST has a more comprehensive printable list of pantry staples! Be sure to check it out!!

Cheesy rice bake made with pantry staples.

pantry staple recipe tips

You might associate “pantry staples” with boxed and canned items, which initially 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:

  • Grains. Start storing whole-grain pasta, brown rice, quinoa, or whole-wheat flour to increase the vitamins and minerals you get from those ingredients.
  • Frozen veggies. Use lots of frozen 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.
  • Everyday dishes. For example, use canned beans or corn on the side of your main dish, or incorporate them in a casserole or pasta dish. 

Buy pantry essentials at any grocery store or even bulk stores like Costco. Make sure to 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.

A package of dry macaroni noodles - a pantry staple.

A Good Process to Follow

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!
A box of Uncle Ben's Long Grain Rice - a pantry staple.

Which foods last the longest in the pantry?

To maximize shelf life, all pantry foods need to be stored properly sealed and away from moisture and airflow. Some items already come properly prepared like canned, jarred, and bottled food.

Even crackers and cereal come in a sealed plastic bag inside the box. Other items can be transported to packaging better suited for food preservation.

Food Storage containers aren’t just great for organization, but they help food last longer. I use them for any pantry food that I have opened and particularly for foods that come in a container that isn’t sealed, like boxed pasta or bagged flour.  

LONG Term Storage

For LONG term storage, I recommend using Food Grade Plastic Buckets , Mylar Food Bags, PETE bottles, or even #10 cans, but you would need access to a can sealer.

In any case, fill the container with the dry food item, add oxygen absorbers (use 300-500cc oxygen absorbers for every gallon in the container), then quickly seal it closed. Label the contents and note the seal date.

Do NOT just add an oxygen absorber to any airtight container, it needs to be a food-grade long-term storage container and the food must be completely dry.

Indefinitely. Some items, when properly stored, can last indefinitely: raw honey, unopened syrup, granulated sugar, popcorn kernels, non-iodized salt, vinegar, corn starch, pure vanilla extract, and corn syrup.

Three boxes of Pillsbury cake mix sitting on a countertop.

Shelf Life Cheat Sheet

Here’s a list of common pantry items and how long they last in the pantry!

  • Unopened canned goods can last for quite some time. If you find a can that is past its “Best By” date don’t toss it. Inspect the can for dents or swelling. If you don’t find any, open it up. Does it still look and smell good? Most canned goods are safe to eat 6 months or longer after the best-by date. 
  • Flour can last for about 6 months in its original paper bag and about 10 months if placed in an airtight container. Sealed, LONG term all-purpose white flour can last for 4-5 years.
  • Dried beans, in airtight containers, can last for up to 3 years without losing nutritional value, but not more than 5 years. Sealed LONG term the following beans can last for up to 30 years: kidney, pinto, split pea, navy, lima, pink, garbanzo, and black beans. 
  • Dried pasta can last for 3 years in an airtight container and sealed LONG term for 30 years.
  • Oats can last up to 2 years when kept in an airtight container. Stored LONG term rolled oats can last for up to 30 years.
  • White rice can last for up to 8 years. Whole grain/brown rice will only last for 6-12 months. Quinoa can last for 2-3 years. Stored LONG term white rice can last for up to 30 years. Quinoa can last for 8+ years. 
  • Jam and Jelly can last for about 2 years in the pantry. Once opened, store in the fridge for up to 6 months.
  • Unopened or tightly wrapped dark chocolate can last for at least two years.
  • Nuts store best in glass jars and can easily last on the shelf for 3-6 months. Whole nuts last even longer.
  • Dried herbs and spices are at their best for 2-3 years.  Whole spices can last for 4 years. However, they can still safely be used for many more years.
Looking inside a pantry at the food stored on the pantry shelves.

How to store meats in the pantry

Having some meat stored in the pantry is a good idea. They are really useful because they are already cooked and can last without electricity. 

  • Dried/dehydrated: A prime example of this is beef jerky.
  • Freeze-dried: having freeze-dried meat is really useful. Add a little water to revive it and use it in any recipe requiring cooked meat. 
  • Canned: Tuna and chicken are often on my grocery list, but you can also buy canned beef, SPAM, crab meat, chunk ham, sardines, salmon, or Vienna sausage. Canned meat can last for 2-5 years before losing nutritional value. It is often safe to eat for longer but use caution.
  • Bottled: I like bottled chicken and beef best. They are easy to use in stews, casseroles, and even for pulled BBQ sandwiches. I once tried to bottle ground beef but didn’t care for the texture. Home-bottled meat can safely last for 1-2 years. Use caution when consuming after.
Pantry shelves filled with canned goods on can rotators, dried pasta in storage containers, and candy stored in glass jars.

Tips for Rotating food in the pantry

There are a lot of great methods to rotate your food. It’s important to implement something so that you know what you have, what you need, and so items don’t get forgotten in the back corners and then go bad.

Here are a few ideas that may help:

  • DON’T STORE FOOD YOU ARE NOT GOING TO EAT! If you don’t ever eat it, then it will never be rotated.
  • How much of each item? Make a list of pantry staples that you use in a 2-week period, then multiply it depending on how much you want to have stored. I try to have a 3 month supply on hand of daily pantry staples.  
  • Build up your supply slowly. Not only is this easier on the pocketbook, but it helps naturally rotate the food. For example: If you buy 100 cans of corn chances are all 100 cans will need to be used by the same date. If you spread out purchases, the use-by dates will also be spread out. 
  • Have a master list of what you have and where it is kept. When you use or open an item add it to your next grocery trip so it can quickly be replaced and your list is kept up to date.
  • Label. Use a permanent marker and write the expiration/”best by” date in a visible place. This will make it easier to identify which items need to be used first.
  • Implement a rotation tool like a Can Tracker or even by hand by placing recently purchased food items behind similar older items. 
  • Store LONG Term food buckets in the back of the pantry and place food items you will be rotating through regularly in the front. LONG term food storage can also be stored in other areas of the house while day-to-day food storage can be kept in the kitchen area. 

bread recipes with Few Ingredients

Can’t forget all the easy bread recipes with few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples!

Some are a little more extensive or require more time, but all use pantry staples most have on hand for baking. Check them out!

1. White Bread

This simple White Bread is perfect for both the bread novice and pro baker. It’s tender, delicious, and SO easy!

1 White Bread Recipe

Bread White Bread Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
4.97 from 30 votes
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2. Yeast Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They’re soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!

2 Yeast Rolls Recipe

Bread Yeast Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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3. Indian Fry Bread

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 savor

3 Fry Bread Recipe

Main Course Fry Bread Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
4.98 from 368 votes
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4. Homemade Dinner Rolls

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!

4 Dinner Rolls Recipe

Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
5 from 239 votes
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5. Homemade Bread Recipe

This BEST Homemade Bread Recipe makes the most deliciously fluffy loaf of white bread. It tastes so much better than store-bought!

5 Homemade Bread Recipe

Bread Homemade Bread Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
4.98 from 654 votes
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6. Easy Yeast Rolls

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.

6 Easy Yeast Roll Recipe

Bread Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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7. French Bread

The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe – so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!

7 French Bread Recipe

Bread French Bread Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.99 from 182 votes
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8. No Knead Bread

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.

8 No Knead Bread Recipe

Bread No Knead Bread Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 14 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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9. 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.

9 Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Bread Cinnamon Bread Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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10. Sourdough Bread

Easy rustic sourdough bread with a mild tang, crisp crust, and soft interior.

10 Sourdough Bread Recipe

Bread Sourdough Bread Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
4.96 from 22 votes
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11. Bisquick Banana Bread

Have extra ripe bananas lying around? Bake a loaf of this Bisquick banana bread! Moist, sweet, and delicious.

11 Bisquick Banana Bread Recipe

Bread Bisquick Banana Bread Recipe
Total Time: 53 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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12. Focaccia Bread

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!

12 Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bread Focaccia Bread Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
4.96 from 145 votes
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side recipes with few ingredients

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.

13. Crock Pot Creamed Corn

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!

13 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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14. Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

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.

14 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 85 votes
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15. Cilantro Lime Rice

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! 

15 Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

Side Dish Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.96 from 46 votes
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16. Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas made from 5 Ingredients. They’re so soft, easy to make, and can be used for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, however you like!!

16 Flour Tortilla Recipe

Side Dish Flour Tortilla Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.96 from 43 votes
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17. Homemade Fried Rice

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.

17 Homemade Fried Rice Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Fried Rice Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.97 from 27 votes
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18. Lemon Rice

This bright Lemon Rice is the perfect addition to any meal. It’s quick and delicious and always a crowd pleaser.

18 Lemon Rice recipe

Side Dish Lemon Rice recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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19. Easy Green Bean Casserole

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!

19 Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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20. Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice), that is easy to make and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant, and is the best side dish to any Mexican entree.

20 Spanish Rice Recipe

Side Dish Spanish Rice Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.98 from 2628 votes
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21. Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Nutrient rich pinto beans cooked to perfection. These make a great meal or a tasty side dish to any of your Mexican dishes.

21 Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Pinto Beans Recipe
Total Time: 12 hours
5 from 9 votes
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22. Jiffy Corn Pudding

Real comfort food at it’s finest! Corn pudding is creamy, buttery, and sweet! It’s the perfect side dish to any dinner or holiday meal.

22 Jiffy Corn Pudding Recipe

Side Dish Jiffy Corn Pudding Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 58 votes
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Chicken Recipes with Few Ingredients

You would never know that these meals are pantry staple recipes! Unite canned meats and vegetables, dry goods, freezer items, and a few common perishables for filling and flavorful dishes the family will love.

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 is pretty common for this), canned vegetables or beans, and possibly some meat.

23. Chicken Rice Bake

EASY Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is a simple, deliciously homey dinner that is perfect for freezing and sharing!

23 Chicken Rice Bake

Main Course Chicken Rice Bake
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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24. Salsa Verde Chicken

Juicy salsa verde chicken is moist and delicious. It is simple with the perfect level of spice, for a quick and tasty dinner option!

24 Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe

Main Course Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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25. French Onion Chicken Casserole

Just 10 minutes of prep time and you have a delicious creamy concoction of chicken, celery, and cheese topped with crispy fried onions! 

25 French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe

Main Course French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.88 from 66 votes
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26. Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken is such a simple, flavorful crock pot recipe! It is a tasty crock pot meal made with pantry staples!

26 Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Creamy Fiesta Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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27. Salsa Chicken

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!

27 Salsa Chicken Recipe

Main Course Salsa Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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28. Mexican Casserole

This Mexican casserole is an easy weekday dinner idea that is full of Spanish rice, chicken, and melty cheese. It’s flavorful and everyone will love it!

28 Mexican Casserole Recipe

Main Course Mexican Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 21 votes
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29. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

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.

29 Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 51 votes
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30. Green Chili Smothered Burritos

Pull together canned items in your pantry to make super easy green chili smothered burritos. This flavorful meal comes together in a pinch!

30 Green Chili Smothered Burritos Recipe

green chili smothered burrito with olives, cilantro and avocado on plate
Main Course Green Chili Smothered Burritos Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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31. Crock Pot Chicken Stew

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!!

31 CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe

Soup CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
4.97 from 33 votes
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32. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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.

32 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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33. White Chicken Chili

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!

33 White Chicken Chili Recipe

Soup White Chicken Chili Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 114 votes
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34. Mexican Soup

Filling and Flavorful Mexican soup is packed with chicken, beans, and veggies with just a little bit of heat!!

34 Mexican Soup Recipe

Soup Mexican Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Similar to the chicken recipes, soups with beef are the most common dishes to make with pantry staples, but we have a few other go-to’s that are delicious!

35. Taco Soup

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!

35 Taco Soup Recipe

Soup Taco Soup Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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36. Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas are one of our favorite Mexican dishes. They are a crispy, airy taco made from dough, filled with shredded beef, red chile sauce, and olives.

36 Beef Empanada Recipe

Main Course Beef Empanada Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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37. Goulash

Old-fashioned Goulash is an easy cheesy family favorite! It’s the perfect go-to dinner recipe for any night of the week.

37 Goulash Recipe

Main Course Goulash Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
4.96 from 429 votes
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38. Beef Stroganoff

This Easy Beef Stroganoff recipe is simple and flavorful. Served with egg noodles, this creamy stroganoff made in the slow cooker is a classic Sunday dinner recipe and is perfect to enjoy any night of the week.

38 Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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39. Best Chili

You’re going to fall hard for this spicy, hearty homemade beef chili. This Best Chili Recipe is not only simple, but delicious!!

39 Best Chili Recipe

Soup Best Chili Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 58 votes
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pasta recipes with few ingredients

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.

40. Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

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!

40 Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 183 votes
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41. Baked Spaghetti

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti – a simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese and more! Everyone will love this dinner recipe!

41 Baked Spaghetti Recipe

cheesy baked spaghetti in serving spoon
Main Course Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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42. Pasta Carbonara

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!

42 Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Main Course Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.80 from 15 votes
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43. Easy Spaghetti

This easy spaghetti recipe is kid-friendly and is made with a delicious homemade spaghetti sauce making it the perfect family dinner recipe!

43 Easy Spaghetti Recipe

Main Course Easy Spaghetti Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 168 votes
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44. Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

Super simple and delicious Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken too!

44 White Sauce Pasta Recipe

Main Course White Sauce Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.96 from 495 votes
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cookie recipes with few ingredients

Don’t forget the sweets! With a few baking staples kept on hand, you can easily whip up a sweet treat.

45. Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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.

45 Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe

Dessert Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 11 minutes
4.92 from 24 votes
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46. Fried Oreos

Deep Fried Oreos is our favorite recipe for ‘milk’s favorite cookie’. Learning how to fry Oreos is so easy and super yummy.

46 Fried Oreos Recipe

Dessert Fried Oreos Recipe
Total Time: 9 minutes
5 from 44 votes
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47. Eggless Cookie Dough

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!!

47 Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe

Dessert Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.52 from 43 votes
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48. No Bake Cookies

Super quick, simple and yummy NO-BAKE Cookies – one of our favorite recipes! Made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats!!

48 No Bake Cookies Recipe

Dessert No Bake Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.97 from 66 votes
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49. Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies are a deliciously tropical twist on the classic oatmeal cookie. They are so tasty, it’s impossible to only eat one!

49 Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Recipe

Dessert Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.96 from 126 votes
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50. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Two of everyone’s favorite cookies in one – these Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious!

50 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Dessert Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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51. Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies are uncomplicated, simple and elegant. This quick cookie is deliciously soft and thick!

51 Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe

Dessert Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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52. Oatmeal Cookies

Easy irresistible Oatmeal Cookies are a family favorite because they are chewy, soft and always gone in minutes!!

52 Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Dessert Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
4.95 from 38 votes
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53. Brownie Cookies

Fudgy brownie cookies combine the best of dessert worlds to make one delicious “brookie” filled with loads of chocolate chips AND flavor!

53 Brownie Cookie Recipe

Dessert Brownie Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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54. Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

The kids LOVE making these No Bake Butterscotch Cookies – they’re simple, quick and yummy! Cornflakes mixed with melted peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.

54 Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

Dessert Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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55. Cookie Bars

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.

55 Cookie Bars Recipe

Dessert Cookie Bars Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.94 from 61 votes
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dessert recipes with few ingredients

Each of these recipes uses almost exclusively baking ingredients from this list, with the exception of some eggs, milk, and butter.

56. Easy Rice Pudding

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!

56 Rice Pudding Recipe

Dessert Rice Pudding Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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57. Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies are delicious bar versions of the famous cookie! Soft and sweet and covered in cinnamon and sugar, they’re hard NOT to love!

57 Snickerdoodle Blondies Recipe

Dessert Snickerdoodle Blondies Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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58. Energy Bites

These delicious energy bites are filled with healthy ingredients that give you a little boost—including peanut butter, oats, coconut flakes, and flaxseed.

58 Energy Bites Recipe

Breakfast Energy Bites Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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59. Easy Coffee Cake

The BEST and EASIEST Coffee Cake Recipe! It’s moist, delicious and perfect for showers, breakfast and holiday celebrations!

59 Coffee Cake Recipe

Breakfast Coffee Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.98 from 1487 votes
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60. Arroz Con Leche

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. 

60 Arroz con Leche Recipe

Dessert Arroz con Leche Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 179 votes
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61. Cherry Dump Cake

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!

61 Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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62. Mini Applesauce Muffins

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.

62 Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Bread Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.90 from 19 votes
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63. Easy Lemon Bars

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!

63 Lemon Bar Recipe

Dessert Lemon Bar Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.99 from 86 votes
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64. Easy Peach Cobbler

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!

64 Peach Cobbler Recipe

Dessert Peach Cobbler Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.99 from 536 votes
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65. Flourless Chocolate Cake

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.

65 Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe

Dessert Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 58 votes
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Recipes you Have on Hand!

You will be amazed at the tasty, easy dishes you will be able to whip up with ingredients that you already have on hand. This is sure to be a list that you will come back to again and again!

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