5 Pantry-Raid Recipes

No time to run to the store? These flavor-packed dishes are made using only nonperishable pantry ingredients.

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Quick and Easy Minestrone

Soy sauce is great for more than just Asian-inspired dishes. In this hearty pantry-based soup it adds instant depth and the savory flavor called umami, which is associated with foods like Parmesan cheese and mushrooms.

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Pantry Pasta with Romesco Sauce

Romesco is a Spanish sauce made with bread (as a thickener), roasted peppers and nuts. This version twists those components into a kind of pesto that is wonderfully smoky and tangy. We've made it with roasted almonds and smoked paprika, but you can also try it with smoked almonds and regular Spanish paprika.

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Spicy 3-Bean Pantry Chili

This vegetarian chili gets its rich flavor from caramelizing tomato paste and warm spices, rather than long hours of cooking. You can amp up the heat by using a spicy salsa or some adobo paste from the chipotle (though the chile itself is pretty hot). Add corn for some sweetness or canned hominy for a chunkier and funkier chili.

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Applesauce Waffles

These Belgian-style waffles are crispy on the outside, but the applesauce keeps them moist and almost muffinlike on the inside. Even better, you can still make them when you are out of milk and eggs.

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S'mores Bark

We've combined all the elements of a s'more into this delicious bark. It's got crunch from the graham crackers, richness from the chocolate and fire-roasted flavor from the broiled marshmallows –– easier than toasting them over a campfire (though admittedly, not as much fun).

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