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List of Pantry Staples and 33 Meals to Make with Them

We’ve all looked at hungry faces at dinnertime and wondered, what in the heck are we going to have for dinner? Meal plans are great, but even the best planners get caught once in awhile unprepared. It’s no problem to get dinner on the table fast when you’ve got a well-stocked pantry. I’ve organized a list of pantry staples that can be turned into 22 family dinners and 11 breakfasts fast! That’s 33 meals total!

Pantry meals aren’t gourmet, but they’ll keep you out of the drive-through and takeout lines. Pantry meals also make a more nutritious meal than takeout and save a ton of money! Every time I make these meals, I’m grateful for a well-stocked pantry.

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So what’s on the List of Pantry Staples? Let’s get to it.

List of Pantry Staples

Canned Goods

  1. Beans (black, pinto, chili beans)
  2. Corn
  3. Green beans
  4. Tomatoes (crushed, diced, sauce, or whole tomatoes)
  5. Tuna
  6. Pumpkin
  7. Broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef)
Canned corn is a great addition to the  pantry staple list,
Canned corn is a great pantry staple, and can be thrown in tacos, burrito bowls, soups, and nachos.

Baking Ingredients

  1. Flour
  2. Oats
  3. Sugar
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Baking powder
  6. Baking soda
  7. Yeast

Shelf Stable Basics

  1. Pasta
  2. Marinara sauce
  3. Rice
  4. Pickles
  5. Tortillas
  6. Tortilla Chips
  7. Maple Syrup
Dried pasta is a critical ingredient on the pantry staple list
Dried pasta, no matter the shape, is a fantastic base for pantry meals.

Long-lasting produce

  1. Onions
  2. Potatoes


  1. Olive oil
  2. Teriyaki Sauce
  3. Salsa
  4. Ketchup*
  5. Mustard*
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Vinegar*

*Ketchup, mustard and vinegar are nice to have around, in my opinion, but they are not totally necessary for the dinners I recommend below. They can be used for BBQ sauces and dressings, and vinegar mixed with milk makes a quick buttermilk for baking. For the sake of saving you money, if you don’t use them regularly, feel free to leave them out.

Olive oil and spices give pantry meals great flavor.

Freezer Items

  1. Frozen berries
  2. Meat (chicken, ground beef)
  3. Frozen broccoli
  4. Frozen mixed veggies
  5. Bread
Frozen broccoli is on the list of pantry staple.
Frozen vegetables last a long time in the freezer, cook in minutes, and can be used in soups, pastas, and stir fry dishes.

Refrigerator Items

  1. Butter
  2. Eggs
  3. Milk
  4. Cheddar cheese
  5. Parmesan cheese
  6. Mozzarella cheese
  7. Lemons
  8. Limes


  1. Salt
  2. Pepper
  3. Garlic
  4. Chili powder
  5. Cumin
  6. Basil
  7. Parsley
  8. Ginger
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Ginger
  11. Cloves
  12. Nutmeg
Limes make great additions to burrito bowls, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas.

Family Dinners from the List of Pantry Staples

Pasta Dinners

  1. Pasta + Marinara + Parmesan = Pasta marinara
  2. Pasta + Olive Oil + Butter + Garlic + Lemon + Parmesan = Lemon Garlic Pasta
  3. Pasta + Cheese sauce = Macaroni and Cheese ; This recipe from Somewhat Simple is great.
Pasta with marinara and parmesan cheese is a simple, delicious meal. It can even be dressed up with broccoli or other veggies.

Soups (Can serve with grilled cheese)

  1. Vegetables + Sauteed Onion + Broth + Spices = Vegetable Soup
  2. Beans + Sauteed Onion + Broth + Spices = Bean Soup
  3. Broccoli + Sauteed Onion + Cheese + Broth + Spices = Broccoli Soup
  4. Tomato + Sauteed Onion + Broth + Spices = Tomato Soup
  5. Potato + Broth + Cheese + Spices = Potato Soup
  6. Pumpkin + Broth + Spices = Pumpkin Soup

Tuna Dinners

  1. Tuna + Onion + Pickles + Mayo + Spices = Tuna Salad
  2. Tuna + Peas + Cheese + Pasta + Cream sauce = Tuna Noodle Casserole

Dinners with Beans

  1. Beans + Tomato + Chili Powder + (optional) Beef = Chili
  2. Beans + Salsa + Cheese + Tortilla Chips + Lime = Nachos
  3. Beans + Spices + Salsa + Cheese + Tortilla + Chicken or Beef (optional) + Lime = Tacos
  4. Beans + Spices + Salsa + Cheese + Rice + Lime = Burrito Bowls

Egg Dinners

  1. Eggs + Vegetable + Cheese = Omelet
  2. Eggs + Vegetable + Cheese = Fritata ; This recipe from Cookie and Kate looks delicious!
  3. Eggs + Cheese + Potato + Tortilla = Breakfast Burrito
  4. Eggs + Flour + Milk + Sugar + Baking Powder = Pancakes
pancakes are an easy pantry meal from the list of pantry staples
Pancakes come together in minutes and make a fun breakfast for dinner meal.

Miscellaneous Dinners

  1. Tortilla + Cheese + Salsa + (optional) Meat = Quesadilla
  2. Rice + Vegetable + Teriyaki + optional (Meat) = Stir Fry
  3. Dough or Tortilla + Marinara + Mozzarella cheese = Pizza

Breakfasts from the List of Pantry Staples

We’re not done yet! Not only can the List of Pantry Staples be used to make 22 dinners, these ingredients can be used to make these breakfast meals too.

  1. Pancakes
  2. Muffins (Berry, pumpkin, lemon, or cinnamon)
  3. Scones (Berry, pumpkin, lemon, or cinnamon)
  4. Pancakes
  5. Omelet
  6. Scrambled eggs + Toast
  7. Breakfast burrito
  8. Oatmeal
  9. Bagels
  10. Waffles
  11. Biscuits
Whip up blueberry, cinnamon, or pumpkin muffins from the list pantry staples.

Start Stocking your Pantry Today

A well-stocked pantry is so powerful. You can cook a meal on a dime, with no plan ahead of time. A pantry meal might not be the best meal you’ve ever had, but not every meal needs to be! Sometimes we just need to get food on the table.

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Did you find this list of pantry staples helpful?

I’d love to hear your feedback on this list! Do you keep a well-stocked pantry? What are your favorite pantry meals? Comment below.

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33 replies on “List of Pantry Staples and 33 Meals to Make with Them”

Great list of simple pantry items for meal prep! Having those pantry staples on hand is so helpful when you can’t do your normal grocery shopping.

I can’t tell you how helpful this is right now, I feel like my recipe list has completely been exhausted lately so this is perfect to resort to!

Great list of simple pantry items for meal prep! Having those pantry staples on hand is so helpful when you can’t do your normal grocery shopping. Especially pasta since you can always whip up something great with it.

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