17 Easy Pantry Meals

Use up your canned foods, frozen vegetables, and dried pastas in these delicious and simple pantry meals!

17 easy pantry meals

Hey friends!

Today, I wanted to help you out in the best way I know how. And that’s to gather some delicious recipes that can hopefully be of help in this crazy time! Grocery stores are insane and what we have in our pantry may look like very random ingredients.

Whether you have potatoes, frozen vegetables, or lots of canned goods – fear not. You can make a lot of EASY magic happen with those kind of ingredients.

I’m also featuring delicious recipes by Rachel from Feast and Farm and Sapana from Real and Vibrant!

Let’s do this. <3


1. 30-Minute Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

A SIMPLE and delicious go-to if you have very few ingredients on hand. We make this chili sometimes once a week and never tire of it’s flavor and satisfying taste!

A grey bowl with sweet potato black bean chili in it with a hand holding a spoon in it.

Ingredient total: 8
Freezer-friendly: Yes
Main pantry items needed: sweet potatoes, canned beans, canned tomatoes

2. Homemade Tomato Sauce

If you do not have pasta sauce available at your local grocery store, this simple tomato sauce is EASY to make, full of flavor, and can be used in so many recipes.

a pot of san marzano tomato sauce with fresh herbs

Ingredient total: 7
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: canned tomatoes, tomato paste, oil, dried herbs

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

A hearty way to make dinner easy and hands off. This slow cooker soup not only soothes the body but the soul too and is a fantastic freezer-friendly meal!

bowls with chicken soup and vegetables on a wood board.

Recipe by Feast and Farm

Ingredient total: 9
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: dried tortellini, chicken bouillon, dried herbs

4. Roasted Eggplant Pasta

A perfect meal if you have dried pasta and tomato sauce in your pantry. You’ll need few ingredients to create this easy and delicious dinner!

A ceramic bowl with eggplant pasta and a fork in it with a pot of sauce and basil in the background.

Ingredient total: 6
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: tomato sauce, dried pasta, garlic powder, oil

5. Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

A white bowl with sweet potato chili on a grey counter.

Recipe by Real and Vibrant

Ingredient total: 7
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: broth, sweet potato, oil, and canned coconut milk

6. 15-Minute Vegan Burrito Bowl

This vegan burrito bowl is made with lots of pantry items such as canned beans, frozen vegetables, and dried grains. It takes just 15 minutes to throw together and is so delicious!

Hands holding a fork and a white vegan burrito bowl on a white background on a gray napkin.

Ingredient total: 9
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: canned beans, rice/quinoa, frozen peppers, frozen corn

7. 10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli

This is one of our top recipes – for good reason! You can adjust this EASY dinner by using just 3 ingredients: store-bought teriyaki sauce, chicken (any cut), and frozen broccoli! A QUICK and delicious meal.

A close up of teriyaki chicken in broccoli in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

Ingredient: 4 or 9
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: chicken, frozen broccoli, teriyaki sauce, oil, rice

This creamy vegan sweet potato soup takes just a few pantry items to make and is full of sweet and savory flavor! Serve with a warm baguette for the perfect meal.


8. Easy Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos

A meatless taco that is very pantry-friendly! You’ll find this meal to be full of flavor and so satisfying.

A close up of sweet potato black bean tacos on a grey plate with lime slices next to it.

Ingredient total: 9
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: sweet potatoes, black beans, spices, oil

9. Spicy White Bean Chicken Chili

This zesty chili is filled with sweet corn kernels, tender chicken, creamy white beans and the spice of green chiles will warm you from head to toe, feed a crowd, and not break the bank!

A grey bowl with white chicken chili and a napkin underneath.

Recipe by Feast and Farm

Ingredient total: 12
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: broth, canned tomatoes, jarred salsa, frozen corn

10. Easy Baked Ziti

If you have pasta in your pantry, this makes for an easy dinner that will feed the whole family with little effort. It’s so simple and deliciously cheesy!

A spoon in a white dish of cheesy baked ziti.

Ingredient total: 7
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: dried pasta noodles, pasta sauce, dried herbs

11. Overnight Oats with Superfoods

The perfect make-ahead breakfast. Made with rolled oats, almond milk, and maple syrup, it’s a tasty, portable, and a convenient breakfast!

a glass jar with overnight oats with a jar in the background.

Recipe by Real and Vibrant

Total ingredients: 7
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: rolled oats, maple syrup, chia & hemp seeds

12. Feel-Good Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This chicken chili is full of simple pantry ingredients that make it so easy to put together. It is great for feeding a crowd and has a wonderful zesty flavor that will not disappoint!

Hands holding a ceramic bowl with slow cooker chicken chili in it with tortilla chips and avocado slices over top.

Ingredient total: 9
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: Canned tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, spices

13. Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal

A delicious and pantry-friendly breakfast – oatmeal bowls are always the way to go. Use up anything you have from granola, seeds, and dried fruit for a quick and nutritious breakfast!

A white bowl of banana oatmeal on a grey napkin with granola and walnuts sprinkled on top.

Ingredient total: 8
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: oats, spices, maple syrup, seeds, granola, almond butter

14. 6 Ingredient Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

A sweet treat that is made with 100% pantry-friendly ingredients. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free friendly, and simply delicious! Enjoy these bars as a sweet breakfast bar or healthier dessert.

a hand picking up a raspberry oatmeal bar on white parchment paper.

Ingredient total: 6
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: oats, almond flour, honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, raspberry jam

15. Chana Masala

An Indian staple that is made with a mixture of chickpeas, Indian spices, tomatoes, and fresh herbs, it’s tasty and so easy to make. Serve with rice or quinoa for perfection!

A white bowl with chana masala and cilantro leaves on top.

Recipe by Real and Vibrant

Ingredient total: 9
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: canned garbanzo beans, canned tomatoes, spices,

16. The BEST Vegetarian Fajitas

Use up your canned black beans in these delicious veggie fajitas. They are meat-eater approved and are beyond easy to make! Use a pre-made taco seasoning and frozen peppers to make it even simpler.

Roasted peppers and beans in a tortilla on white parchment paper.

Ingredient total: 10
Freezer-friendly: no
Pantry items needed: black beans, frozen peppers, taco spices/seasoning, tortillas

17. Creamy Cauliflower Soup (Vegan)

A delicious soup that requires few ingredients, is dairy-free, and so creamy. Make this with fresh or frozen cauliflower and make sure you have plenty of bread for dipping!

A grey bowl with cauliflower soup with a blue napkin and slices and bread next to it.

Ingredient total: 7
Freezer-friendly: yes
Pantry items needed: broth, canned beans, frozen cauliflower

I hope these recipes provide the inspiration you need in this time! These meals are not only delicious but are good for the body and soul.

If you are in need of fun baking recipes – I’ve got you covered!

Stay healthy and safe, friends! We’re in this together.

xoxo,

Bethany

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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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