100+ Easy Pantry Friendly Recipes

  • 03.23.20

For all of you working on meal planning right now with pantry staples, I am here to help you.

I have compiled a list of all my favorite recipes with simple pantry staples. The best part of all besides being totally delicious, they easy and fast to prepare.
Shopping can be a challenge right now, stores still have supplies of meats and fish on hand which is a blessing. Or if you have a meat delivery company such a Personal Gourmet, you can still get home deliveries of all sorts of meats, fish, and poultry.

I have subdivided the recipes into sections for easy search.

Pantry Friendly Soups Recipes
Pantry Friendly Salad Recipes
Pantry Friendly Pasta Recipes
Pantry Friendly Fish Recipes
Pantry Friendly Chicken Recipes
Pantry Friendly Pork Recipes
Pantry Friendly Beef Recipes
Pantry Friendly Vegetables Recipes
Pantry Friendly Desserts Recipes

Each recipe is created with everyday pantry and refrigerator staples.
I am also including some substitutions for some ingredients and some tips for freezer storage too.

I hope this will relieve some of the cooking stress and would be helpful to you. Let me know by commenting below if you have any questions or request a specific recipe.

More pantry friendly recipes are coming your way in the weeks ahead.

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Soups are my favorite go-to meals because of their easiness and how quickly they can be prepared. Using fresh vegetables, frozen or even canned vegetables, the possibilities are endless. Sometimes I make the broth base with leftover chickens, beef or vegetables. To make your soups heartier add a can of garbanzo beans, or any beans (cannellini beans are my favorite). You will be surprised what a can of tomato, chicken broth, chickpeas or beans, rice can make: a healthy soup with lots of flavors.

Kale and Potatoes Soup
Vegetables Chicken Soup with Pasta
Pad Thai Soup with Shrimps and Vegetables
Potage Parmentier
Roasted Bell Peppers and Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Not Your Nonna Tortellini
Avocado Soup
Cream of Mushrooms Soup


Love salad as to the versatility of it. You can add any fish, poultry meat and you have a very copious dinner. An excellent way to finish leftover too by turning them into your own creation. Or leave it light with just vegetables. Either way, always fun to put together in no time.

Roasted Beet and Onion Salad
Lentils, Black Beans, Goat Cheese & Baby Green Salad
Insalata Russa
Panzanella Caprese Salad
Mixed Green Salad with Avocado Dressing
Vegetarian Cobb Salad
Salade Nicoise


Pasta is a fantastic staple to keep in your pantry, but do not forget to get an assortment of shapes and kind of noodles. Different shapes, different sauces. From pasta dishes to soups to salads, one of the most enjoyed ingredients in your pantry with so many possibilities of dishes. Of course, you can always add frozen vegetables to any pasta dish if you do not have fresh ones on hand.
Feeling creative? How about trying your hand at homemade pasta? You will love it and it is a great family project. You can even take some left-over chicken or beef with ricotta, spinach (frozen perfectly too) and eggs and make ravioli.

Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Zaatar
Pappardelle with Spanish Shrimps
Fettuccine with Lemon Mascarpone Sauce
Orecchiette with Sausage and Tomatoes
Bucatini Cacio e Pepe
Macaroni and Cheese Stove Top
Penne Alla Vodka
Shrimp and Pasta Surprise
Home Made Pasta
Fettuccine with Zucchini and Onions
Linguine Alla Carbonara with Mushrooms
Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella
Timballo Di Pasta

Pantry Friendly Fish Recipes


Fish is one of my favorite ingredients and if I could I would have it every day. Always a couple of different type of seafood is in my freezer. Salads, pasta, soups so much fun to work with and it takes very little time to cook, which to me is a must. Of course, the prawns can be substitute with large shrimps. Any white fish can be interchanged. And any vegetables can be frozen or canned if fresh is not available,

Prawns with Carrot-Ginger Coconut Sauce
Grilled Salmon with Olives and Pine Nuts
Corn Puree with Prawns
Halibut in Soy, Honey Ginger Marinate
Prawns Saltimbocca
Seared Salmon with Peas, Potatoes, and Mint
Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olive Compote
Shrimp Scampi
Scallops with Garlic and Swiss Chard
Coconut Curry Shrimps and Couscous
Salmon Fillets with Baby Greens and Arugula Salad
Fillets of Cod Piccata with Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes, and Green Olives
Orange Roughy Packets with Vegetables
Swordfish with Orange Caramel Sauce
Seared Salmon with Sesame Bok Choy and Spinach
Gingered Stir Fry Shrimps with Snow Peas
Potatoes Crusted Sea Bass with Saffron Sauce
Lemon Soup with Pea Puree and Sea Bass

Pantry Friendly Chicken Recipes


Chicken is to a cook what a canvas is to a painter. Endless possibilities and adaptable to all cuisines. Buy extra and freeze it until you are ready to use it. My favorite is to make a whole roasted chicken and have fun with all the leftovers. Soups, salad, pasta, tacos, rice let your imagination guide you. Cut up on little cubes or shredded pieces, will store well in the freezer for up to 3 months and can be used for any dish that you want to add proteins to it. Most of my recipes use the dark part of the chicken, by all means, use the breast if that is your favorite cut. Just remember to check the cooking as it cooks a bit different but not much. Small family? Cornish Game Hen is just the right amount for cooking for two.

Brandy Chicken Piccata
Chicken with Peas, Sage and Bacon
Tarragon Chicken
Chicken and Potatoes Tortilla
Honey Roasted Chicken with Honey and Lemon
Chicken with Leeks and Lemon
Chicken Parmigiana
Cornish Game Hen with Whiskey and Cream Sauce
Lemon Chicken with Satay Sauce
Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Leeks
Chicken with Braised Peas and Onions
Cutlets of Chicken Breaded
Chicken Spatchcocked



Still able to find pork at the stores. Pork to me, is like chicken, so versatile with so many cuts and so many ways that it can be prepared. My preference is tenderloin; however, a good pork chop is always welcome. I use Port with some of my recipes, but any Madeira, brandy or even whiskey can be used instead.

Pork Marbella
Pork Chops with Sweet Sour Sauce
Pork Shoulder Stew
Roast Pork Chops with Artichokes and Potatoes
Pork Tenderloin with Cream and Mustard
Pork Tenderloin Scaloppine with Balsamic Citrus Sauce
Lentil Salad with Pork Tenderloin
Pork Chops with Garlic Cream
Pork Steaks with Mustard and Rosemary Sauce
Cheese Pork Chops
Breaded Pork Chops
Pork Chops with Cranberry, Port and Rosemary Sauce

Pantry Friendly Beef Recipes


If you still are able to get beef or have a service like Personal Gourmet that can still deliver your meat, make sure you get extra ground beef. Amazing all you can prepare with some ground beef and or pork sausage: Mini meatloaf, meatballs that you can enjoy with tomato sauce and pasta, or by themselves with vegetables. Add also some mini meatballs that can be added to any broth and vegetables, small pasta or rice and voila you have a fantastic soup.

Individual Meatloaf
Ragu alla Bolognese
New York Steaks with Mustard and Mushrooms
Pot Roast with vegetables
London Broil with Balsamic-Honey Sauce
Flank Steak with Herbed Salsa
Ricotta Meatballs

Pantry Friendly Vegetables Recipes


Fresh vegetables are still readable accessible, which is a gift. However, longevity is not optimum, thus replacing the fresh with frozen and canned is a good alternative under the circumstances. Potatoes make every dish stand out and they can be prepared in so many ways that you will never be bored with them. Squash is also a delicious vegetable that can be easily prepared and is very tasty. Beets once roasted will last up to a couple of weeks in the refrigerator and can be enjoyed in so many different ways

Roasted Tomatoes
Green Acorn Squash with Honey Vinaigrette
Eggplant Chinese Style
Cauliflower Polonaise
Roasted Beets with Horseradish Crème Fraiche
Warm Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime
Broccolini and Carrots
Tian of Vegetables
Eggplant Parmigiana
Garlic Potatoes
Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower and Chickpeas
Cauliflower and Goat Gratin
Vegetarian Quiche 
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Dressing
Mint peas
Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pantry Friendly Desserts Recipes


We are finally to the dessert part. It is said that baking brings comfort to the soul and that it embraces the family nucleus by bringing a smile while waiting for the sweet delights to come out of the oven. I could not agree with that more. All the recipes below require easy to make pantry staples. If you have fruits that are way too ripe always remember you can always make a pie. Canned fruits can be used if fresh not available or use your favorite.

Banana Upside-Down Cake
Rice Pudding with Date
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pecan Pie
Brown Sugar Cookies
Strawberry Apple Pie
Cardamom Snickerdoodle
Oatmeal Forest Berries Thumbprints Cookies
Blackberry Cobbler
Deep Chocolate Pound Cake
Mini Marble Cakes
French Toast
Butter Cookies
Dried Cranberry Chocolate Cookies

Be safe and take care.


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