15 Essential Recipes You Can Make Using Pantry Staples
If you're staying home for the next few weeks, use these recipes to cook tasty meals with the ingredients you already have on hand.
As people all over the world stock up on pantry staples and other household items in anticipation of staying home, we've put together a list of our favorite recipes that make use of these essentials. Think canned beans and tomatoes, rolled oats, dried and frozen fruit, rice and grains, nuts, and canned fish.
For breakfast make two iterations of oatmeal, No-Cook Overnight Oats and Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd with Berries and Seeds. Both are topped with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and maple syrup, and they're sure to perk up your morning.
At dinnertime, enjoy our One-Pan Cuban Chicken with Rice and Beans, which uses spices including ground cumin, dried oregano, and garlic, plus fatty bacon and chicken thighs for plenty of flavor (we keep both in the freezer). Low-sodium chicken broth and black beans are the pantry staples we adore here.
Looking for a quick weeknight pasta option? Our Red Wine Pasta, pictured here, comes together in under 30 minutes and makes great use of both the dried pasta and the red wine you've brought home. There's also Spaghetti with Tuna and Caper Sauce, a briny, salty, savory, and absolutely delicious dish for your evening meal. Use good-quality canned tuna packed in olive oil for fantastic flavor and texture.
We have plenty of sweet options, too. Big-Batch Triple-Chocolate Brownie Bars are packed with pantry ingredients such as dried fruit, roasted nuts, and chocolate chunks for one incredible bite. Another crowd-pleasing dessert is Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie, which uses flaked coconut, rolled oats, and coconut chips—serve warm for an ooey-gooey treat that has plenty of texture and sweetness.
Whether you're working from home, getting much-needed rest and relaxation, or recuperating from a cold, these inspired recipes will save you a trip to the grocery store and make sure you enjoy meals with plenty of flavor.
One-Pan Cuban Chicken with Rice and Beans
No-Cook Overnight Oats
Big-Batch Triple-Chocolate Brownie Bars
Use your supply of roasted, unsalted nuts, dried fruit, and white chocolate in this chocolate dessert that is packed with delicious ingredients. The recipe yields a large number of bars, so you can enjoy these at home for days to come.
Spaghetti with Tuna and Caper Sauce
Peruvian Chicken Soup with Rice and Potatoes
This tasty soup starts with a whole chicken. Parsley, thyme, and frozen corn build flavor and white rice adds heft. If you don't have a serrano pepper, feel free to substitute another kind of chile or leave it out altogether.
Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie
During turbulent times, you need something sweet. That's why we love this one-pan, family-friendly cookie made with instant oats, sweetened shredded coconut, and semisweet chocolate chips. Serve warm with ice cream for a bite that's sure to bring a smile to your face.
Wondering what to do with the stash of dried cannellini beans in your pantry? Poach them in olive oil with fresh thyme and garlic cloves, which infuses them with plenty of flavor. From here, mix them with spinach for a side dish or spoon over crostini with sun-dried tomatoes.
Sweet Rice Porridge
Skillet Spinach Pie
Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew
Honey-Peanut Granola with Coconut and Dried Cherries
Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd with Berries and Seeds
Risotto is one of the simplest dishes you can make, yet somehow it always feels extra special—and comforting, too. All you need for this recipe is arborio rice, butter, one onion, white wine, and Parmesan cheese. Of course, if you want to amp it up, we also have inspired ideas to do just that, including our seafood-saffron risotto.
Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
Craving something sweet and simple? Make these four-ingredient cookies—whisk together egg whites, sugar, and coconut, form into individual mounds, and bake. Spread your favorite flavor jam on a cookie and top with another to create the most delightful dessert sandwich.