50 Cheap Recipes Made With Pantry Staples
It doesn’t sound very appetizing, does it?
But I’m here to tell you that you can make some very delicious meals and snacks with common items you have stocked in your cupboards, pantry, fridge or freezer.
You just need the right recipes.
What Are Pantry Staples?
First, let’s define pantry staples.
Pantry staples are foods that store well, and can be used in a variety of ways. They typically have a long shelf life, so there’s no rush to use them – hence, they keep well in your pantry.
Here are some examples:
- Canned beans
- Canned tuna
- Canned tomatoes
- Peanut butter
- Vegetable, beef, or chicken stock (or bouillon cubes)
- Meat (ground meats and sausage freeze well and are very versatile)
- Baking essentials: Flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder
If you stock your kitchen with a variety of pantry staples, there are so many things you can make: Soups, stews, pasta dishes, egg dishes, casseroles, etc.
Here are a variety of recipes that make delicious use out of pantry staples.
Breakfasts Made With Pantry Staples
Start your day off with a breakfast made from simple ingredients like eggs and oatmeal.
- Applesauce overnight oatmeal
- Healthy breakfast porridge
- Apple oatcakes
- Banana-egg pancakes (2 ingredients!)
- Extra crispy breakfast potatoes
- Make-ahead breakfast egg cups
- An extra-fluffy omelette
- Perfect scrambled eggs
Soups Made With Pantry Staples
A large pot of soup can feed a crowd – or feed a solo eater for many meals.
- Hearty black bean soup
- Lentil and chicken sausage stew
- Tomato and lentil soup
- Lentil-sausage soup
- Spicy tomato soup
- Roasted corn chowder
- Basic chili
Side Dishes Made With Pantry Staples
These recipes go great with meat as a main course:
- Buttery baked carrots
- Creole sweet potatoes
- Mashed carrot potatoes with bacon
- How to fancy up a can of baked beans
Main Courses Made With Pantry Staples
If you have a well-stocked pantry, you may have the right ingredients to make one or several of these recipes:
- Mexican ground beef skillet
- Cheesy corn hotdish
- Three bean hotdish
- Ring bologna and sweet corn fried rice
- Salmon patties
- Swedish meatballs
- Simple meatloaf
- Bacon-jalapeno twice-baked potatoes
- Tuna melts in a bowl (can be made with bread too!)
- Tuna-corn cakes
- Black bean sloppy joes
- Black bean burgers
- Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches
- Fried egg sandwiches
- Polenta with Italian tomato sauce
- Red wine pasta sauce
- Leftover rice fritters
Snacks Made With Pantry Staples
Here are a variety of cheap snacks keep you satiated between meals:
- Paleo sardine dip
- Churro chips
- Paleo energy bites
- Carrot fries
- Honey-roasted garbanzo beans
- No-bake energy bites
- Chocolate-oat bites
- Homemade crackers (made with flour, olive oil, and seasonings)
- Crispy polenta fries
Tips For Cooking With Pantry Staples
- Make substitutions when necessary: It’s okay to substitute certain ingredient sin a recipe. It’s even okay to omit non-essential ingredients in a recipe. For example, in my basic chili recipe above, you can omit the fresh bell peppers. The recipe still works.
- This is a little more difficult/risky with baking. I don’t recommend substitutions or omissions in baking – unless you’re swapping chocolate chips for white chocolate chips in a cookie recipe, for example.
- Get creative: Check your spice drawer or pantry for forgotten ingredients/spices. For example, add some smoked paprika to homemade tomato sauce for a interesting kick.
Tips And Tricks For Saving Money On Food
- 3 cheap ways to make your food taste better
- Save money on food by using what you already have on hand
- How to make perfect lentils
- Tips for freezing food
What are your favorite pantry staple recipes? Pasta? Chili? Something else?
Please share your ideas in the comments section, below.