5 Easy Pantry Recipes You Can Cook at Home

May 6, 2020
by Katherine Sousa Eat

     Whether it’s a dinner recipe for two or the whole family, skip a trip to the grocery store and cook a great meal without ever leaving your kitchen thanks to our 5 easy pantry recipes.

    When you want to cook a quick meal (or you’re waiting for your next HelloFresh box to arrive), discover easy dinner ideas with what you have in your kitchen pantry or fridge. On nights when you’re feeling tired and just want to throw something together for an easy, healthy meal, your pantry is the answer! Take a look at what you already have — easy dinner recipes are just a few pantry staples away. Try these five common pantry recipes for some inspiration the next time you’re facing a dinnertime dilemma. It’s always good practice to use up all of your ingredients and leftovers at home, to avoid any unnecessary food waste.


    Typical pantry items like capers, anchovies, canned tomatoes, and olives are staple ingredients in this traditional Italian pasta dish. Puttanesca recipes can take on many variations, using different spices and vegetables, which makes it the perfect meal to adapt to the ingredients you have at home. Though flexible and varied, puttanesca recipes tend to have a couple of things in common; a fragrant element (usually garlic) and a salty bite (from anchovies or capers).


    Cooking a creamy risotto is easier than you think. Besides the key element – arborio rice – you can pick which other ingredients you want to add from among your fridge and pantry. Mushrooms, sweet potato, frozen peas, ham or asparagus are all great options for risotto! There are countless options that you’re already likely to have hanging around your kitchen. Here are a few Top-Rated HelloFresh risotto recipes for inspiration; Chorizo Risotto, Roasted Tomato and Kale Risotto, Bacon, Chili Flakes and Butternut Squash Risotto and Porcini Mushroom Risotto.

    easy pantry risotto recipe with chorizo


    Omelettes, quiches, and frittatas – oh my! These simple meal ideas can be made from pantry ingredients in no time at all. Acceptable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, all you need for a deliciously simple frittata is eggs, a few vegetables, and some milk or cheese. There’s no right way to make one, so have fun experimenting with whatever ingredients, canned vegetables, frozen items, or leftovers that you have. You can never go wrong with a Truffled Mushroom Frittata. 


    If you have beans, broth, onion and garlic, then you have everything you need for a delicious soup. Soup can always be a quick and healthy recipe, put together with just a few essential ingredients. Cannellini, red kidney, chickpeas, or black beans are easy to keep stocked in the kitchen. They’re very convenient for last-minute supper ideas, like soups or even hearty stews and vegetarian curries. You’ll be glad you had chickpeas in the pantry when you make our super easy chicken recipe, Tuscan Chicken and Chickpea Soup.

    tuscan chicken and chickpea pantry soup recipe

    Fried Rice

    Fried rice is an adaptable dinnertime favourite you can cook with pantry treasures or leftovers, with help from some condiments that will always add flavour. Sesame oil and soy sauce can turn basic rice and vegetables into an aromatic dinner. One of our easy shrimp recipes is this Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice with sweetcorn and sesame seeds.

    Feeling inspired? Save a trip to the grocery store and take another look in your pantry for some easy dinner ideas. Better yet, bring restaurant-worthy dinners to your table with these 6 elevated pasta recipes you can make at home.


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