A handful of my favorite Quick and Easy Pantry Meals. Made with on-hand ingredients and pantry essentials, these budget-friendly family favorites are perfect for busy weeknights, lazy weekends, or pandemic preparation.
I have always kept a well-stocked refrigerator and pantry – even before the days of the Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19). Keeping my pantry filled with a variety of different grains, rice, canned goods, and pasta, plus long-lasting (or freezer-friendly) perishables (like root vegetables and ground meat), helps me stay prepared, avoid the temptation to eat out, and ultimately, save money.
To help you guys out (especially given these uncertain times), I thought I would put together a checklist of popular pantry and refrigerator essentials.
Now, I am not suggesting you go out and purchase everything on the lists below. Instead, use it as a guide when stocking up and always choose ingredients you’re familiar with and enjoy.
Pantry Dinner Recipes
Whether you’re looking for quick and easy pantry dinner recipes to help with busy school nights, you’re just learning to cook, or you’ve stockpiled your pantry with so many canned goods that you’ve lost track of what to do with it all, let me tell you – I’ve been there.
So, next time you need a fast and delicious dinner to put on the table without having to run to the market, try one of the options below!
Sensitive to spicy food? Swap arrabbiata sauce with store-bought or homemade marinara sauce.
More white bean recipes:
Easy recipes with leftover chicken:
- Easy Chicken Salad Recipe (this can also be made with canned chicken)
- Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
- Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Eggs are one of my top five pantry must-haves. They’re delicious, versatile, and filled with protein. Learn how to make hard-boiled eggs and keep a bowl in the refrigerator for an easy snack.
If you love eating sandwiches for dinner, check out this smashed avocado and chickpea sandwich.
Everyone’s favorite comfort food, make a huge batch of this chili and freeze the rest for later. Made with ground beef, bacon, and red kidney beans simmered in a simple, spice-filled tomato broth, chili is an awesome way to use up perishables about to go bad and stores well in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 days.
No more ground meat? Replace the ground beef with cooked lentils.
Simple, easy, no-fuss lentil soup made with a combination of pantry essentials including lentils, canned tomatoes, and chicken broth. Add chopped vegetables and fresh herbs, or keep it simple and season with a splash of hot sauce or sour cream. Get the recipe.
Check out these other lentil soups :
- Curry Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk
- Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Chipotle and Butternut Squash
- Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas via Girl Heart Food
Easy, one-pot, and made with ground beef (or chicken), canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken or beef broth, and macaroni noodles. This recipe is SO easy and loved by all ages. Get the recipe.
Filled with four different kinds of beans, crunchy vegetables, sweet canned corn, ripe tomatoes, and drizzled with a zesty red wine vinaigrette. Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free. Get the recipe.
More delicious bean salads,
Fruits and Vegetables that Last a Long Time
Fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive. Stock up on the ones that last the longest.