10 Easy Meals From Your Pantry

10 Easy Meals From Your Pantry

Here are super easy and frugal meals to make from groceries that are already in your pantry! Stay in your grocery budget with these simple dinners made from non perishable items in your kitchen.

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Along with more items in your pantry, you need easy pantry meals to make!

     

  

      

What you really need to do is come up with easy meals you can make from pantry items.

If you’re looking for the best ways to plan financially for any potential emergencies, this post here will help.

10 Easy Meals From Your Pantry
Easy Pantry Meals

Ingredients for Easy Pantry Meals

. Each of these has multiple uses in our easy pantry meals.

  • spaghetti noodles
  • bite-size pasta noodles (shells, elbow macaroni, etc.)
  • top ramen
  • canned corn, green beans, and other vegetables
  • chili beans or canned chili
  • canned seasoned beans
  • canned stew
  • jars of pasta sauce
  • canned clam chowder (or similar soup in a white sauce)
  • cream of mushroom/chicken soup
  • rice
  • boxed mashed potatoes
  • canned chicken
  • canned tuna
  • saltines or other crackers

In order to know how much you should get to make up a year’s supply of food for your family, find 7 meals (one for each night of the week) that your family might eat for dinner.  Count out how much of each ingredient you would need for your family for each meal, then multiply that amount by 52 weeks.  Bingo – a year’s supply of dinners! These are easy pantry meals you can put together quickly.

Then add in some cereal and oatmeal for breakfasts, and you’re good to go.  In a true emergency situation, you would mostly likely either skip lunches or use leftovers from the day before.

10 Easy Meals From Your Pantry
Easy Pantry Meals

Recipes for Easy Pantry Meals

Here are some of our favorite ways to mix and match the above items to make delicious easy pantry meals!  The amounts we state are estimates based on what would feed our family of four, as well as our style of cooking (lighter on the sauce, etc.).  We purposely kept them generic so you can experiment a bit to find out what works best for your family.  Bon apetite!

*Note: as part of our stockpile, we regularly purchase discounted meat and cheese, and we then freeze it in a deep freezer.  If you have a generator or your electricity has come back on, you can incorporate it into these meals!

1) Silly Chili Macaroni

Check out our post on one of the most delicious pantry meals we’ve ever had – silly chili macaroni!

2) Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Cook up a few packs of ramen noodles.  Add in canned chicken, as well as some canned vegetables (like peas, carrots, and corn) for an easy chicken noodle soup.  Sometimes we do canned tuna instead of chicken to have a bit of variety.

3-4) Stew & Rice/Potatoes

Make boxed mashed potatoes or a pot of rice.  Top with heated canned stew. This is a really easy pantry meal!

5) Rice & Beans

Make a pot of rice and stir in flavored beans.  (We like to use seasoned black beans.)  If you have any frozen ham or steak, it makes a great mix-in!

10 Easy Meals From Your Pantry
Easy Pantry Meals

6) Simple Spaghetti

Cook spaghetti noodles and add in a jar of pasta sauce.  If you have frozen hamburger or hot dogs, then add those in as well! 

One fun idea for hot dogs (especially if you have kids) is to thread the uncooked spaghetti noodles through hot dog slices and cook them together!  We also try to get a large variety of flavored pasta sauces (meat, four cheese, etc.) when we stock up so that we feel like there is some variety.

Want to make spaghetti even easier?  Learn how to make it in an Instant Pot!

7) Tuna Casserole

This recipe for tuna casserole was handed down from Tiffany’s grandma (the same one who taught her how to make canned apple pie filling) and has even been fed to a general authority when Tiffany was a missionary.

Even better, tuna casserole can be a make-ahead freezer meal!

8) Tuna & Crackers

This is an easy one!  Just open canned tuna, mix it with canned peas, and place it on saltines or other crackers (we prefer Triscuits).  If you have mayonnaise, we mix it into the tuna as well to make a small tuna salad.

9) Chowder & Crackers

Warm up clam chowder (or whichever soup you stocked up on).  Crumble saltines into the soup, or use the crackers as a spoon to scoop up the soup.

10) Shepherd’s Pie

Cook up boxed mashed potatoes.  Mix in warmed cans of vegetables like corn and green beans, as well as a can of cream of mushroom soup.  If you can, add in hamburger and top with grated cheese.  Cook in the oven in a casserole dish (if possible).

Other Easy Pantry Meal Ideas

Do you have any other easy pantry meal ideas from non-perishable items that your family just loves?  Please leave them in the comments below!

An earlier version this post was written by Tiffany on The Crazy Shopping Cart

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7 Comments

  1. These are some good ideas, when you are in a pinch for time. I wish they were healthier choices though. Pastas from white flour and many canned foods are missing key nutrients that we get from fresh wholesome ingredients. Canned goods can contain a lot of salt, fats and sugars, depending on the types you buy. And unfortunately, the cheaper the canned good, the more likely it is to be unhealthy. Watch those labels when shopping. Pick up healthier options for these products…like whole grain pasta and reduced sodium canned veggies. And try not to have an entire week of these quick and easy meals. We need to eat fresh ingredients too. Thanks for this post though….time is valuable!

    1. While yes, fresh is always better, this is meant to be if you have to live out of your pantry and fresh isn’t available.

  2. Great ideas that also help people use those pantry supplies before they go out of date! (And very helpful in the current era of stay at home lockdowns)

  3. these are fantastic suggestions!
    I love almost everything in this list.
    especially, 1. 3. and 5. are my absolute favs.
    thanks for sharing this awesome list!

  4. These are great ideas! I wish I had space in our current home for a full stockpile but I do love having things ready to go when I’m in a pinch! Thanks for these new suggestions!

  5. I would also suggest that you do a 4 week rotation. Harder to figure out 4 weeks of meals, but essential to have variety in our eating.
    There’s something called “food fatigue”, Children and elderly are especially vulnerable to it. It’s basically they get so tired of something that even though they’re hungry, they just can’t eat it any more and stop eating. Many people will get tired of eating something and start skipping meals if the meals are too repetitious.
    Start out with a one week menu and stock up some meals or the fixings for those meals. Then go to week two, figure out a menu that isn’t a repeat of week one and stock up on that for some meals. Continue on until you have a month of different things (and you can repeat some of the meals if there’s a break between them – scattered over the month.
    I was a Welfare Services Missionary and Family Preparedness was one of the things we were sent out to teach, and where I learned these suggestions.

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