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13 Handy Recipes That Rely Mostly On Cans

April 04, 2022

Put your pantry staples to good use with these delicious recipes.

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7-Can Soup

It’s time to make dinner but nothing in your refrigerator or freezer is inspiring you? Turn to your pantry. There are so many helpful ingredients there (including some seriously underrated canned goods) that are ready and waiting to be turned into something delicious. Whether you reach for beans or canned tomatoes, you’ll find that they can help you make lots of easy pantry recipes. Wondering what you can make with all those cans? We’ve rounded up some great ideas — like this one. Ree grabs 7 common canned items, some salt and pepper and a little bit of cheese and, in less than 30 minutes, she puts a hearty and delicious meal for 6 on the table.

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Slow Cooker Ragu

Cans are a great way to get vegetables onto your family table. This ragu uses canned tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms to make a pasta sauce as nutritious as it is delicious.

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Tex-Mex Bean Soup with Rice

You have probably heard that beans are good for your heart but we’d argue they’re just as good for your taste buds, especially when they’re used in this hearty and satisfying soup!

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Cannellini Beans with Herbs and Prosciutto

Giada’s colorful salad includes a handful of ingredients that come straight from the pantry: diced tomatoes, beans, spices and olive oil. By adding a little bit of fresh herbs and some tender baby greens, she makes a meal that’s undeniably better than the sum of its parts.

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