23 Pantry Recipes for when you don’t want to (or can’t) Leave your House

This winter as the snow piles up and your heating bill skyrockets, it’s time to get a little bit creative in the kitchen.
We’ve found 23 recipes that can be made with things you probably already have on hand. From pot pies stuffed full of vegetables to an easy vegan quinoa salad, these recipes will keep you warm for weeks!

The “easy desserts with ingredients you already have” are perfect for when you don’t want to leave the house. They’re also a great way to use up leftover ingredients.

The finest pantry recipes to make the most of the ingredients you already have on hand! These simple pantry dinners will make the most of whatever you have on hand, including canned goods, pasta, rice, and frozen ingredients.

Recipes from the Pantry for When You Can’t Get Out of the House

Good morning, my sweethearts. We surveyed you guys to see what you needed from us at this difficult, unusual time, and one of your top requests was for the best pantry dishes, or foods prepared with little ingredients for when you can’t leave the home. You’ll adore these heartwarming, cozy recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, made using dry goods, frozen meats, non-perishables, and things you probably already have on hand!

Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients you should have on hand at all times:

These pantry recipes use products that will stay for a long time in your pantry. Not only will this reduce food waste, but it will also save you money if you aren’t planning on going to the shop anytime soon. We suggest storing up on the following pantry and fridge/freezer staples!

Staples in the Pantry:

  • rice
  • pasta
  • orzo
  • quinoa
  • oats
  • beans
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • nuts
  • butters made from nuts and seeds (peanut butter, almond butter, tahini)
  • seeds
  • sauce made with tomatoes
  • veggies in a can
  • spices and herbs that have been dried
  • paste made from tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • tinned meats (tuna, for example!)
  • alternatives to shelf-stable milk (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
  • potatoes

Staples for the Freezer and Fridge for Pantry Recipes!

  • fruits that have been frozen
  • vegetables that have been frozen
  • meats that have been frozen (chicken, beef, turkey, etc.)
  • eggs
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • bread that has been frozen

Feel free to use anything you have on hand to make any of the recipes below!

During the winter, we make this dish on a regular basis. You may simply omit the kale and bell pepper and the dish would still be delicious! If you don’t have fire roasted tomatoes, a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika may be used.

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Regardless of whether or not there is a quarantine, this is my absolute favorite enchilada dish. You may use a can of enchilada sauce instead of making your own if you already have some on hand. Aside from that, this one is DELICIOUS. These enchiladas are one of my favorite crowd-pleasing dishes, plus they’re extremely simple to carry if you want to bring a supper to a neighbor!

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I’m not sure where to begin with this recipe. I’d say it’s better than conventional mac and cheese, but I know you’re not going to believe me. You will, however, alter your view after you have tried it. That’s how fantastic it is. Plus, instead of cheese and dairy milk, it’s prepared with shelf-stable almond milk, cashews, and nutritional yeast, so everything comes right from your cupboard.


I adore a good minestrone, and this soup comes together quickly with almost all cupboard items. It’s also freezer friendly, so if you’re just cooking for one or two people, you can make a huge quantity and save it for later!

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Is there pasta, tomato sauce, cream, and vodka on hand? Then you must dash to your kitchen in order to make this RIGHT. NOW. I prepared it this week, served maybe 4 people, and had no regrets. If you don’t have any cream, you may use 34 cup milk and 13 cup melted butter. 

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Chili is the quintessential pantry dish, right? Cookie and Kate’s version is fantastic! Plus, it’s high in protein to keep you full so you don’t munch all day and night when you’re stuck at home.

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You can prepare shakshuka, or eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, if you have tomatoes, eggs, and a few spices on hand. What if you don’t have any Turkish seasoning? 12 teaspoon paprika, 12 teaspoon cumin, and 14 teaspoon cinnamon are used in this recipe. 


Lentils are highly shelf-stable, and this soup is a no-brainer when mixed with tomato and toasty spices like cumin and coriander.

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Almost all pantry supplies, a home that smells amazing for hours, and a method to use up all those beans? Please, yes! 

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Are you drooling as much as I am? Simply put frozen chicken in a slow cooker with coconut milk, ginger, and spices to make the finest Thai curry chicken you’ve ever had. Serve it over a bed of rice for a quick and easy supper.

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Consider substituting frozen ground beef in this excellent goulash if you have some on hand. I’ve cooked this dish three times already, and each time I fall more in love with it!

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Okay, I realize there are a lot of ingredients, but chances are you already have most of them in your pantry. You can also make it without the chicken and it will still be delicious!


Pasta Fagioli is a hearty Italian soup made with beans and pasta. It’s simple, fast, and tasty! 

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Looking for a way to use up all those chickpeas? Why don’t you try my all-time favorite hummus recipe? It’s creamy, savory, and ready in just 5 minutes. 


 You can make a healthy one-pot dinner by substituting frozen spinach for fresh spinach. When I lived alone, I’d prepare a big batch and freeze half of it for later (it lasts months!). 

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 I adore a good white bean soup, and this one is the best I’ve ever had. It’s also pantry-raidable since it utilizes dried rosemary and thyme. 

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This is a dish I’ve been wanting to try for a long, and this week could be the perfect opportunity. Tuna is a terrific lean protein to include in your pantry dishes, and it tastes bouncy and delicious when mixed with lemon and garlic.

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What could be better than a ginger and turmeric-infused chicken soup? Friends, not much. Substitute a quarter onion for the shallot, use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach, and forgo the fresh herbs to make it true pantry basics. 

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A big dish of baked ziti is sometimes all you need. This recipe calls for ground beef, but if you don’t have any, you can simply prepare it without it! 

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Sausage keeps for a long time in the fridge, so if you have some on hand, use it in this spaghetti recipe. You may substitute frozen spinach or chard for escarole if you don’t have any on hand. 

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20 minutes of cooking time, tremendous flavor, and a way to use up all those chickpeas in the pantry? Please include me in your plans.

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Veggie fried rice is a certain winner. This recipe asks for a variety of veggies, but you may use whatever you have on hand (for me, that often means frozen peas, carrots, and green beans!)

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 This risotto is fantastic if you have frozen shrimp on hand. Simply substitute canned diced tomatoes with the fresh tomatoes, and voilà! Dinner will be ready in no time! Even though it’s created using frozen meals and dry products, this is one of my favorite pantry dishes that tastes truly fresh and delicious!


We hope you love these pantry dishes as much as we will in the coming weeks. What else do you have planned for this week’s menu?


The “10 best orzo recipes” is a blog post that discusses the different ways to cook orzo. The author has created 23 pantry recipes for when you don’t want to leave your house.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you eat when you have nothing in your pantry?

A: If you dont have anything in your pantry, then there really isnt any food that can be eaten since it would just be water.

What to cook when you dont want anything?


What are things I should always have in my pantry?

A: All you need is salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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