Shockingly Easy Dinners You Can Make With Pantry Staples

Beef & Noodle Toss
Raid your pantry to make these low-stress and budget-friendly dinners. These simple recipes start with pantry staples (and some fresh ingredients, too!) for a delicious weeknight dinner. Try our chicken skillets, whole grain bowls, and more!

Stove-Top Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese

All-Star Staples: Macaroni, Onion, Milk, Flour

Start a small shopping list: A package of chicken breasts, a bag of spinach, a pint of cherry tomatoes, and a couple of cheeses, then add the staples. A family-friendly dinner will be on your table in a flash. This tastes so much better than boxed mac and cheese—plus our recipe is loaded with 33 grams of protein and plenty of nutrients!

Barley and Edamame Salad with Red Pepper Drizzle

All-Star Staples: Barley, Almonds, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil

Toss together a flavorful mix of staples and fresh supermarket produce for a hearty whole grain salad that will keep you full for hours. Make a double batch so you'll have plenty of leftovers to pack for lunch the next day.

Skillet Taco Pie

All-Star Staples: Ground Beef (or Turkey), Black Beans, Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Taco Shells

Besides a handful of spices, shredded cheese, and some optional fresh green onions and salad fixings for a garnish, the staples are all that's required to stir together this speedy skillet supper.

Sloppy Turkey and Chili Joes

All-Star Staples: Ground Turkey (or Beef), Onion, Tomato Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Kaiser Rolls

Sloppy joes = a clutter-free grocery list. This kid-favorite sandwich sneaks in a serving of veggies in the sauce, but calls for oodles of ingredients with long shelf lives or fridge lives.

Ham and Sweet Potato Mini Flatbreads

All-Star Staples: Sweet Potatoes, Orange Juice, Whole Wheat Thin Sandwich Rolls

In a hurry? Grab a can of mashed sweet potatoes to make this sandwich even quicker. For a change of pace, try turkey deli meat instead of ham.

Best-Loved Fried Rice

All-Star Staples: Eggs, Soy Sauce, Garlic, White Rice, Frozen Peas

Make your own takeout with this easy one-pan recipe. Dig for celery, mushrooms, and carrots in the back of your produce drawer (bet these common vegetables are hiding in there!) and saute this fried rice recipe. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to make it a meal.

Coastal Linguine

All-Star Staples: Linguine, Onion, Garlic, Canned Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce

Pasta is one of our favorite pantry dinners because boxed noodles last forever. Hide some tilapia fillets in your freezer so you’re never far from this island-inspired dinner.

Cauliflower-Sauced Chicken Skillet

All-Star Staples: Chicken Broth, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, Milk

Cauliflower you'll crave? Yes, it's possible! You're going to want to sop up every last drop of this cauliflower- and chicken broth-based cheese sauce in this skillet. Green beans or even shaved Brussels sprouts would work wonderfully in place of the asparagus if you don't have any on hand.

Farro with Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto

All-Star Staples: Onion, Walnuts, Garlic, Farro

For a salad that doesn’t taste like rabbit food, start with hearty whole grains like farro. When combined with sauteed Brussels sprouts and prosciutto, this simple skillet dinner tastes gourmet.

Spaghetti with Seared Asparagus

All-Star Staples: Spaghetti, Olive Oil, Garlic, Hazelnuts, Panko Bread Crumbs, Lemon Juice

Pan-seared asparagus steals the show in this springy spaghetti recipe. (It's also the only ingredient, besides the parsley garnish, that you'll need to buy to mix with your go-to dinner ingredients.)

Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing

All-Star Staples: Bulgur, Olive Oil, Kalamata Olives, Garlic

To cook the bulgur, simply let it stand in a bowl of boiling water for 15 minutes as you prepare the cauliflower “rice” and the olive-and-lemon dressing. Fresh greens, including chicories and celery, brighten up the pantry meal.

Charred Sweet Pepper Potato Chowder

All-Star Staples: Onion, Potato, Vegetable Broth, Milk, Butter

Hunt through your MVP pantry vegetables (onions, potatoes) to prepare this one-pot vegetarian potato chowder for dinner tonight. For a restaurant-quality finish, stir in parsley and top with shredded cheese and Greek yogurt.

Tarragon Tuna Melts

All-Star Staples: Mayonnaise, Dijon-Style Mustard, Canned Tuna, Sourdough Bread, Butter

Canned fish for the win! These ooey-gooey sandwiches make the pantry staple taste fresh with the addition of herbs and citrus.

Egg Salad Sandwich with Basil-Honey-Lemon Dressing

All-Star Staples: Onion, Kalamata Olives, Crusty Bread, Eggs, Honey

Give boring egg salad a modern makeover by tossing sliced hard-cooked eggs with Kalamata olives and carrots.

Lemon-Basil Pasta

All-Star Staples: Linguine, Cannellini Beans

This five-ingredient dinner is easy and delicious. Lemon, basil, and olive oil make a flavorful sauce for linguine and cannellini beans.

Beef and Noodle Toss

All-Star Staples: Lasagna Noodles, Garlic, Beef Broth

Switch up your pasta routine and try lasagna noodles in this easy 30-minute dinner recipe that features mushrooms and tomatoes in a hearty beef broth sauce.

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