Cooking From Your Pantry ~ Recipes and Ideas

I have a friend who, every February, cooks dinner from her pantry and freezer in order to clean them out and use up the foods she has in stock. Saves some money, empties the larder and makes for some very interesting meal planning.

Right about now seems like a good time for us to try this out. We should ALL limit our trips to the grocery as much as we can, certainly not more than once a week, and choosing local delivery options vs in person shopping whenever possible. Europe knows only too well how the “european-style” of daily grocery shopping turns out with coronavirus.

We reached out to two of our favorite local food writers for their ideas on recipes that use items we all probably have in our pantry. Take a complete inventory of what you have on hand, scroll thru these recipes, make your grocery list, and stay put and stay safe in your home.

EASY CROCKPOT RECIPES: TOMATO BASIL SOUP
Recipe Here on SliceofJess.com

No Fresh Basil or Oregano? No Problem.
Use 1/3 the amount of dried herbs when the recipe calls for fresh herbs (1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons)

30 Minute Easy Black Bean Soup
Recipe here from EasyRealFood.com

Your choice of toppings = shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese | diced tomatoes |
salsa | sour cream | diced avocado | guacamole | diced onion |
crushed tortilla chips | black olives | jalepenos

HEARTY QUINOA MINESTRONE SOUP RECIPE
Recipe here from SliceofJess.com

Fresh or frozen vegetables can be used in this recipe, so good for these times
If you prefer swap pasta or rice for the quinoa ~ whatever’s in the pantry.
Add a block of cream cheese to the pot while it simmers for a creamier version

Better Than the Box Mac & Cheese
Recipe here from SliceofJess.com

Jess has 5 other versions of this recipe – with chicken, spinach, ham, chili and ground sausage – at the link

Baked Taco Mac & Cheese
Recipe here from EasyRealFood.com

20 Grams of Protein in each serving

SUPREME SPAGHETTI PIZZA CASSEROLE
Recipe from SliceofJess.com

 Add ricotta or cream cheese to make the jar of pasta sauce taste homemade.

One Pot Italian Gluten Free & Vegan Pasta
Recipe from EasyRealFood.com

The pasta cooks right in the pot with the other ingredients, making clean up a breeze

One Pot Taco Pasta (Meatless)
Recipe from EasyRealFood.com

Other than the toppings, this one is almost entirely pantry based!

HOW TO MAKE PIZZA WITH PUFF PASTRY SHEETS Recipe from SliceofJess.com

Fun to Make with the Kids

What’s in Your Pantry? or Freezer? Comment below and we’ll try to find a recipe to share!