11+ Easy Pantry Meals that are Delicious and Comforting! Made with simple ingredients that you likely already have in your home and pantry. Great recipes to keep in your recipe box for last minute meal ideas.
I have a list of recipes that I fall back on time and time again when I don’t know what to make for dinner, or for when I don’t have many groceries around. Everyone needs recipes like that! So I’ve gathered all of my favourite simple meals that you can make for your own family. Many are big batch recipes with leftovers you can freeze, they’re all made with simple, easy-to-access ingredients, and almost all of the recipes can be ready in less than 1 hour!
Easy Pantry Meals
Easy Perogy Casserole
This Perogy Casserole is made with frozen perogies, cooked ham (or chicken) all in a creamy and flavourful sauce. Then it’s topped with melted cheese and green onion. It’s so easy to make.
Cabbage Roll Soup
This Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty, healthy and delicious dinner. Makes a big batch and is ready in 1 hour! Made with simple ingredients like ground beef, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice and cabbage.
You can make this vegetable soup with ingredients you have in your own pantry and fridge. And don’t be afraid to make substitutions based on what you have in stock, this recipe is very versatile. Makes a big batch and is ready in less than 1 hour.
Baked Potato Soup
This Baked Potato Soup is a great dinner recipe if you’ve got loads of potatoes in your pantry. Makes a big batch too. Serve it with all your favourite baked potato toppings like cheese, green onion and bacon bits.
Creamy Smothered Pork Chops
These Creamy Smothered Pork Chops are tender and so delicious after lightly simmering in a creamy and flavourful sauce. Serve over egg noodles. Ready in less than 1 hour.
Oven Roasted Whole Chicken with Vegetables
Oven Roasted Whole Chicken with Vegetables is a delicious and easy weeknight (or weekend) dinner that can be prepared in just minutes. Everything is roasted on one tray, so clean up is easy.
This Hamburger Soup is a big batch soup recipe that’s loaded with hearty vegetables and ground beef. Delicious and comforting.
Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
This Tomato Macaroni and Cheese is made with simple pantry ingredients. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, make this with drained canned tomatoes. Simple and delicious.
Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole
This Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole is delicious and comforting! A simple and quick dinner that can be on your table in 45 minutes. Make this recipe from scratch, or you can use a simple recipe shortcut.
One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner
This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour! Made with simple ingredients, like yam and canned chickpeas. Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro.
Easy Corn Chowder
Have this hearty Corn Chowder on your table in less than 45 minutes! Serve with fresh bread and a salad for a full meal.
Sweet Chili Chicken
Sweet Chili Chicken can be on your dinner table in under 1 hour! Tender pieces of chicken and crispy peppers in a sweet chili sauce. Easy and delicious.
Easy and delicious Sloppy Joes made with simple ingredients you likely already have at home! You can make these in the slow cooker or on the stove.
Pizza Pasta Bake
This Pizza Pasta Bake is made with a rich layer of ground beef, pepperoni, mushrooms, tomato sauce and noodles, all topped off with melted cheese and more pepperoni. Ready in 40 minutes.
Homemade Chicken Fingers
These Homemade Chicken Fingers are crispy and tender! Made with simple ingredients from your pantry, you can have these on the table in no time.
Classic Beef Chili
This Classic Beef Chili recipe is made with simple ingredients like canned tomatoes and beans, and ground beef. Simple to make and you end up with a big batch! Serve with fresh buns or over baked potatoes.
Meatballs and Gravy
This Meatballs and Gravy Dinner is a quick and delicious meal that the whole family will love. Hearty meatballs and rich gravy are perfect with mashed potatoes! Ready in less than 1 hour.
Simple Spaghetti Sauce
Made with canned tomatoes, this simple tomato spaghetti sauce is SO simple. Ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve over your favourite pasta.
30 Minute Korean Beef
This 30 Minute Korean Beef is made with ground beef and simple spices, and is ready in 30 minutes. Serve over steamed rice.
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe for homemade stovetop mac & cheese is very versatile. You can substitute any cheese you prefer in this recipe. If you have cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack, or cream cheese, feel free to use them instead. Ready in 30 minutes.
Crustless Quiche (Fritatta)
Crustless Quiche is a great way to use up leftovers. This recipe is so versatile, and you can add ingredients you have around: use leftover ham, or cubed cooked potato, spinach, tomatoes…the possibilities are endless. Ready in under 1 hour.
Easy Ravioli Lasagna
This Easy Ravioli Lasagna is just what it says…easy. Taking a few simple shortcuts with the ingredients, you can have this hearty and healthy dinner on your table in just over an hour.
Pasta Salads are a great way to create a meal that everyone will love. And most pasta salads can be made with ingredients you have already in your home. Add cooked chicken to many of these to make a complete meal.
Parmesan Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
One Dish Parmesan Garlic Roasted Chicken Thighs and Potatoes dinner is a simple and quick dinner. This dish costs less than $10 for a family of 5 to make!
25 Minute Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Make this 25 Minute Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner in less than 1 hour with simple and inexpensive ingredients. And one dish means dinner prep and clean up is quick and easy.
If you’ve got ground beef in your fridge or freezer, this meatloaf is a simple and delicious dinner recipe. Serve with mashed potatoes for an easy meal.
I hope these Easy Pantry Meals will help you with your meal planning! Remember, that many of these (if not all) recipes are very versatile. Substitute ingredients that you have in your own home. Enjoy!
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