Recipes You Can Prepare Using Kitchen Staples

Have these 32 ingredients on hand and you'll have the makings for a plethora of meals. 

Kitchen shelves with foodFrances Janisch

Pantry Staples

  • Red or white wine
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Onions and garlic
  • Canned beans
  • Canned broth
  • Jarred marinara sauce
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned tuna
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and spices

Refrigerator Staples

  • Fresh herbs of choice
  • Bagged mixed greens
  • Parmesan
  • Butter
  • Hummus
  • Pesto
  • Eggs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Carrots
  • Lemons (or limes)

Freezer Staples

  • Mixed berries
  • Peas
  • Tortillas
  • Bread
  • Bread crumbs
  • Piecrusts
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken breasts
  • Ground beef
  • Bacon

Here are the recipes you can make using these―and only these―ingredients.




Sandwiches, Burritos, and Quesadillas


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