Easy Pantry Recipes

Make a quick, budget-friendly dinner with pantry-raid recipes using on-hand ingredients and surprisingly tasty staples.
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Curry Fried Rice

Fried rice is the ultimate pantry-raid dish: Just add whatever you have! This one is spiced up with curry powder.

Get the Recipe: Curry Fried Rice

Spinach Tortellini Soup

This satisfying main-dish soup is ready in just 15 minutes thanks to shortcut staples like packaged tortellini and frozen spinach.

Get the Recipe: Spinach Tortellini Soup

Penne a la Carbonara

Most of the ingredients for Giada's hearty pasta toss are probably already in your pantry and fridge. Just pick up some pancetta, or swap in bacon as a substitute.

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Tuna Salad

Make classic tuna salad for lunch or dinner in a pinch. Of course it makes for great sandwiches, or switch things up and serve with lettuce cups.

Get the Recipe: The Best Tuna Salad

Black Bean Hummus

No chickpeas on hand for traditional hummus? Use canned black beans to whip up Melissa's tasty last-minute snack.

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Rigatoni with Spicy Shrimp

Using fresh or frozen shrimp plus basic pantry ingredients, you'll have this tasty pasta on the table in under 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Rigatoni with Spicy Shrimp

Rockin' Rice Pudding

Tyler's creamy, comforting rice pudding is a great last-minute dessert. It's made with white rice and staple pantry ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Rockin' Rice Pudding

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Dried lentils are the key ingredient in this hearty take on a childhood favorite.

Get the Recipe: Lentil Sloppy Joes

Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

Polenta and roasted tomatoes, two staples no kitchen should be without, are paired with fresh Swiss chard and cheese for a hearty, meatless main dish.

Get the Recipe: Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

Pasta with Escarole and Chickpeas

Chickpeas add hearty flavor and protein to this easy weeknight pasta.

Get the Recipe: Pasta With Escarole and Chickpeas

Tomato-Ginger Couscous

Keep your pantry stocked with couscous, tomato paste and spices and you'll have everything on hand to make this flavorful side dish.

Get the Recipe: Tomato-Ginger Couscous

Root Beer Baked Beans

Canned beans are flavored with a spicy-sweet surprise ingredient — root beer — in this fun twist on baked beans.

Get the Recipe: Root Beer Baked Beans

Cold Curry-Peanut Noodles

Top whole-wheat spaghetti with a homemade peanut sauce made from peanut butter, curry paste and rice wine vinegar.

Get the Recipe: Cold Curry-Peanut Noodles

Ravioli Alfredo with Peas

Make this decadent pasta dish in no time with prepared ravioli, frozen peas, and basic staples like cream and butter.

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Skillet Hash and Eggs

With some sausage, eggs and potatoes, whip up a hash that's satisfying any time of day.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Hash and Eggs

Agnolotti with Artichoke Sauce

Make an easy, creamy sauce for packaged agnolotti with frozen artichoke hearts. If you can't find agnolotti, ravioli works just as well. 

Get the Recipe: Agnolotti With Artichoke Sauce

Senate Bean Soup

This hearty bean soup is inspired by the one that's still served in the Senate cafeteria.

Get the Recipe: Senate Bean Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup is pure comfort food, and it's almost as easy to make as the stuff from a can. 

Get the Recipe: Creamy Tomato Soup

Turkey Chipotle Chili

With 30 minutes and staples from the pantry, Rachael cooks up a hearty and flavorful turkey chili.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Chipotle Chili with Pepper Jack Cheese Corn Cake Toppers

Pantry Pasta

Ree whips up this pasta dish between shopping trips, using pantry staples she has on hand. Try it for a quick meal.

Get the Recipe: Pantry Pasta