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22 Pantry Recipes for Surviving Sick Days and Emergencies

Every cook needs a well-stocked kitchen, and with these essential pantry recipes on hand, you’ll always be able to create a delicious meal quickly and effortlessly.

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Lately, I’ve been getting a ton of emails with requests for pantry-items recipes, and I couldn’t be happier to help. I get it. We’re all in this together. Let’s just stay home and cook up a storm. M’kay?

We might crawl out of this with 15-pounds extra and a double chin to show for it, but we’ll worry about that later. 🙌

Thus, when you’re stuck at home because of a certain something going around, one of the first things you should do is stock up on proper groceries and pantry items (and 1000 rolls of toilet paper? 🤔) that will get you through your long stay at home.

The only trouble is, when most of us are faced with shelves full of canned tomatoes and tuna, plus dried pasta and beans, we can’t quite imagine turning all of that into something delicious. OR can we?! muahahaha 😁

Stock Up on Pantry Staples to Make Easy and Quick Pantry Recipes

First, I advise to take a look at our list of must-have pantry items below for ideas on what to stock in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Then, browse the pantry recipes that follow to get started with easy and delicious weeknight dinners you can whip up with just a few basics.

Also, please remember that at the end of all my recipes, right there within the recipe box there is an option to “Shop Ingredients”. Click on that and it will give you the list of all that you need to make that recipe plus a delivery option for all the items. It’s so, so helpful. Utilize it if you can. I always do.

Pantry Staples for the Pantry

  • Rice, lentils, whole grains, and assorted pasta shapes
  • Jarred pasta sauce and salsa
  • Canned beans and legumes
  • Canned broths and condensed soups
  • Olive oil and vegetable oil
  • Vinegars
  • Canned tomato products, including diced tomatoes and tomato paste
  • Dried Italian breadcrumbs and panko crumbs
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Sauces (unopened), including Soy Sauce, Tabasco, Worcestershire
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Baking ingredients including; flour, yeast, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and cake mixes.

Pantry Staples for the Fridge

  • Potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, lemons, limes
  • Milk, heavy cream, sour cream, plain yogurt
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese; also grated parmesan cheese. 
  • Sandwich/deli meat and bacon (maybe not a staple for many, but if you have sandwich-lovers, it’s a great idea to stock up on those)

Pantry Staples for the Freezer

  • Frozen vegetables, including corn, peas, broccoli
  • Frozen berries and other favorite frozen fruits
  • Frozen chicken breasts, frozen whole chicken
  • Ground beef, ground turkey
  • Salmon and other fish that you or your family enjoys
  • Shrimp
  • Bagels and Bread, Dinner Rolls

22 Pantry Recipes

Now, please check out the recipes below, and remember to be flexible and get creative. If you don’t have a couple ingredients that the recipe calls for, you can likely do just fine without them or find a similar substitute. Or, if you’re not sure what to do about a certain ingredient or recipe, just leave a comment with your question and I’ll be more than happy to answer.

Health and Love to you all. ❤️ Stay safe, stay home.

Beef Chili in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Comforting, DELICIOUS, and warm beef chili packed with beans, vegetables, and spices, and cooked in the crock pot.

Slice of meatloaf stuffed with mozzarella cheese.

Mozzarella Stuffed Crockpot Meatloaf

Easy, juicy, and delicious Crockpot Meatloaf stuffed with melty cheese and prepared in the slow cooker!

cooked ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and tortilla chips in a skillet

Skillet Burritos

One-Skillet dinner ready in 30-minutes, combining all your favorite Mexican flavors.

Spaghetti with Sausage sauce in a dutch oven

One Pot Spaghetti with Sausage Sauce

Flavorful and incredibly delicious, this easy, one pot pasta dinner recipe is on the table in just 30 minutes!

Scooping out Chicken and Rice from skillet.

Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice

Bursting with buttery garlic flavor, this easy chicken thighs recipe is a one pot dinner guaranteed to impress even the pickiest eaters!

Whole Roast Chicken on a cooling rack.

Roast Chicken Recipe

Simple Roast Chicken flavored with garlic, butter and herbs, then oven roasted to a golden, crispy, and juicy perfection! EASY, simple to make and flavorful, this is the BEST roast chicken, and it’s perfect for weekend or weeknight dinners.

Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts in baking dish.

Oven Baked Chicken Breasts

These juicy oven baked chicken breasts come out perfect each and every time!

Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese cooked in a pan.

Chicken Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets.

serving slow cooker white chili topped with jalapenos and avocado

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Packed with all the Southwestern flavors that we love, this easy-to-make chili is beyond delicious!

Chicken Thighs served with cauliflower rice

Stove Top Chicken Thighs

Perfectly golden, tender, and juicy skinless, boneless chicken thighs prepared on the stove top.

pasta and spinach in a serving bowl.

Garlic Butter Spinach Pasta

This Garlic Butter Pasta with Spinach recipe is made with fresh spinach and bow tie pasta tossed in a creamy garlic-butter sauce.

Creamy Tortellini Soup in soup pot with ladle

Creamy Tortellini Soup

This Creamy Tortellini Soup is a quick, easy, and deliciously creamy soup packed with cheesy tortellini and fresh spinach.

Vegetable Soup in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Loaded with fresh vegetables and cozy rich flavors, this Vegetable Soup is naturally low fat, yet it’s packed with textures, taste, and comfort. 

Scooping out Chicken Piccata Pasta

Chicken Piccata Pasta

Light and delicious pasta prepared in one pot with bites of chicken and a fantastic lemon-capers sauce.

White Bean Soup with Bread

White Bean Soup

This easy White Bean Soup is loaded with fresh veggies and will keep you cozy all winter. It’s freezer friendly too, so don’t forget to freeze some for later!

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

Fiesta Rice

Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies.

scooping out Rice and Mushrooms with a wooden spoon

Mushroom Rice

Garlicky, buttery rice combined with tender caramelized cremini mushrooms. A hearty side dish prepared in just one pot & in under 30 minutes.

Olive Bread in a cast iron skillet

No Knead Skillet Olive Bread

Very to make, no-knead, crusty and delicious bread packed with marinated olives and garlic.

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

No Rise Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread

This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it’s probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make!

Banana Bread Waffles topped with banana slices and whipped cream

Banana Bread Waffles

The sweet and delicious taste of Banana Bread in a Waffle!

Cake Batter Funfetti Cookies stacked on a plate.

Cake Batter Funfetti Cookies

Soft, perfectly fluffy cookies made with a cake mix and sprinkles!

Pouring coffee smoothie into a to-go cup.

Coffee Protein Smoothie

This easy Coffee Protein Smoothie recipe combines peanut butter and banana with iced coffee!

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21 comments on “22 Pantry Recipes for Surviving Sick Days and Emergencies”

  1. Found your website when looking up moussaka (curiosity got the best of me as my boyfriend is making it tonight). Can’t wait to try some of your recipes and to make some of the Macedonian recipes especially for him. Managed to buy Macedonian Tavce beans for him at Christmas—talk about a search as they were terribly difficult to find but so worth the pleasure on his face. What kind of dried chilis do you use and where is best place to find them in the northwest suburbs?

  2. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us all. You have given us all a sign that we can make amazing meals with simple ingredients.

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    Jacque Hastert

    Thank you for creating these recipes for all of during these crazy times. I can’t wait to make some of these.

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    Dorothy Reinhold

    This seems like the perfect opportunity to use our pantries and deeo freeze. This is such a great resource! Can’t wait to try some of these.

  5. Wow, I can spend the day only looking at your gorgeous photos and forget that I actually have to make one of these 🙂

    Can I use black bean for the white bean soup? I don’t really have white beans right now, but have a ton of black beans stacked in my kitchen though.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks so much for the kind words! ❤️❤️❤️
      Yes, you can definitely use other canned beans; it won’t be a “white” chili, but it will still be a chili. 😁
      Thank you!

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    Carrie Robinson

    This is such a great resource with what has been going on in our country lately. Definitely keeping this handy! 🙂

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    Krissy Allori

    This is such a great list! I have made some of these but not all. I’m going to hang on to this for sure! Thank you!

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