Use classic pantry and freezer staples like canned tomatoes, pasta, chicken, and ground beef to whip up tasty dinners in a flash.
Pasta CarbonaraTotal Time: 45 Minutes
Pantry Stars: Spaghetti Noodles & Bacon
You can make this stovetop Italian restaurant favorite at home with just a few staple ingredients. Egg yolks lend the pasta creaminess and bacon and Parmesan add rich flavor. Believe us, it'll soon become a regular in your cooking repertoire.
Recipe: Pasta Carbonara
Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken StripsTotal Time: 45 Minutes
Pantry Stars: Chicken & Baking Mix
A family favorite, chicken strips are a standby recipe for busy weeknights. This 6-ingredient version is made even easier by using a baking mix (such as Bisquick). Serve with honey, mustard, or ketchup for dipping.
Quick Marinara SauceTotal Time: 25 Minutes
Pantry Stars: Canned Tomatoes & Pasta Noodles
You can whip up this homemade sauce in about 20 minutes with just five pantry stapes: olive oil, garlic, tomato paste, canned crushed tomatoes, and basil. Add any type of cooked pasta, and you've got a hearty meatless dinner.
Recipe: Quick Marinara Sauce
Diner Meat Loaf 'Muffins'Total Time: 30 Minutes
Pantry Stars: Ground Beef & Saltine Crackers
Sit down to a meat loaf in a half hour with this recipe. Grab saltine crackers, ketchup, and a few other ingredients from the cabinet and get started.
Recipe: Diner Meat Loaf 'Muffins'
Shrimp Fried RiceTotal Time: 45 Minutes or Less
Pantry Stars: Rice, Frozen Shrimp & Frozen Peas
Reach into the freezer for a speedy Asian supper. Keeping frozen shrimp and vegetables on hand ensures you'll always have a dinner plan. Microwaveable precooked rice is shelf stable and ready to serve in seconds.
Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice
Spicy Black BeansPantry Stars: Canned Black Beans, Canned Whole Tomatoes & Rice
Total Time: 30 Minutes
The core ingredients to this recipe are black beans, tomatoes, and rice. Sun-dried tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro (optional) add extra boosts of flavor. If you don't have the last three ingredients, cut down a bit on the whole tomatoes and stir in jarred salsa the last few minutes of cooking.
Recipe: Spicy Black Beans
Caramelized Onion ChickenTotal Time: 25 Minutes
Pantry Stars: Chicken Breasts, Fruit Jam & Soy Sauce
Raspberry jam, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, and a couple of seasonings create a rich sauce for the chicken. This recipe is low in fat, easy to whip together, and most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry. If you don't have raspberry jam, red current, apple, or seedless blackberry jam can stand in for great results.
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Chicken
Peanut Butter PancakesTotal Time: 30 Minutes
or Less Pantry Stars: Peanut Butter, Flour, Sugar & Eggs
Breakfast for dinner is a go-to meal when the refrigerator is bare. This recipe adds peanut butter to traditional pancake mix and transforms them from standard to extraordinary. For a well-rounded meal, serve with sausage or bacon.
Recipe: Peanut Butter Pancakes