200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

A couple weeks ago I polled my Instagram followers to see what pantry staples they bought to sustain them through this period of social distancing. I wrote down the most popular answers and every day since I’ve picked one of those ingredients and posted recipe ideas for that ingredient in my Instagram stories. But, I didn’t want anyone else to miss out on this ultimate compilation of recipe ideas for pantry staples, so I’m also posting them all here in one spot. Now you can bookmark the list and refer back whenever you want!

The Ultimate List of Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staples

Below you’ll see the list of pantry ingredient staples that were requested most often in the Instagram poll. Tap on any ingredient below to be taken to that ingredient in the list of recipe ideas. This is similar to our website’s ingredient index, where our recipes are organized by ingredient, but this is a much shorter, curated list focused on pantry staple ingredients. 

If you’re looking for a list of recipes that only use pantry staples, check out my 15 Pantry Staples Recipes blog post (includes a grocery list!).

Pantry Staple Ingredients:

Beans & Grains

  • Black Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • White Beans
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Quinoa

Canned Goods

  • Salsa
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, etc.)
  • Tuna

Vegetables

  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots

Bread & Pasta

  • Noodles
  • Tortillas
  • Bread
  • Or see our full Pasta archives

Meat

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Turkey
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Breast
  • Sausage
  • Eggs

Pantry Staple Recipe Ideas by Ingredient

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200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Black Beans:

  • Turkey Taco Skillet
  • Smoky Black Bean Soup
  • BBQ Beef and Beans
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls
  • Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls
  • Weeknight Black Bean Chili
  • BBQ Bean Sliders
  • Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas
  • Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Chickpeas:

  • Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala
  • Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad
  • Homemade Hummus (four flavors)
  • Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew
  • Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
  • Falafel Salad
  • Curried Chickpeas with Spinach
  • Chana Saag

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for White Beans:

  • Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup
  • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  • Smoky White Bean Shakshuka
  • Tuna and White Bean Salad
  • Tuscan White Bean Pasta
  • Creamy White Bean and Spinach Quesadillas
  • Italian Sausage and White Bean Skillet
  • Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Lentils:

  • Creamy Coconut Curry Lentils with Spinach
  • Vegan Winter Lentil Stew
  • Sloppy Joes “Plus”
  • Golden Coconut Lentil Soup
  • Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili
  • Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils
  • Marinated Lentil Salad
  • Lentil and Sausage Stew
  • Mexican Red Lentil Stew

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Oats:

  • No Sugar Added Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
  • Oatmeal Cookie Baked Oatmeal
  • Triple Berry Oat Muffins
  • No Sugar Added Banana Nut Granola
  • Soft Oat and Nut Bars
  • Banana Bread Oatmeal
  • Brown Butter Soda Bread
  • Oatmeal Molasses Bread
  • Golden Milk Overnight Oats
  • Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Rice:

  • Creamy Chicken and Rice Skillet
  • One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
  • Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Rice
  • Easy Taco Rice
  • Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet
  • Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
  • Yellow Jasmine Rice
  • Cilantro Lime Rice

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Quinoa:

  • Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad
  • Smoky Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
  • Apple Nut Breakfast Quinoa
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Salsa:

  • Creamy Salsa Chicken Skillet
  • Easiest Burrito Bowls
  • Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls
  • Southwest Chicken Skillet
  • Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls
  • Country Breakfast Bowls
  • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipes for BBQ Sauce:

  • Monterey Chicken Skillet
  • Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls
  • Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner
  • Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken
  • Ultimate BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
  • BBQ Bean Sliders
  • BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Pasta Sauce:

  • Garden Vegetable Lasagna Roll Ups
  • Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini
  • Pesto Stuffed Shells
  • Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs
  • White Beans with Mushrooms and Marinara

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, etc.):

  • Swamp Soup
  • Turkey Taco Skillet
  • Easy Oven Baked Fish with Tomatoes
  • Smoky Tomato Soup
  • Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup
  • Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce
  • 5-Ingredient Butter Tomato Sauce

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Canned Tuna:

  • Sesame Tuna Salad
  • Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Parmesan
  • Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls
  • Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad
  • Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

  • One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
  • Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with Vegetables
  • Creamy Chicken and Rice Skillet
  • Vegetable Pot Pie Skillet
  • Vegetable Fritters

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Cabbage:

  • Simple Creamy Coleslaw
  • Curried Cabbage
  • Fried Cabbage and Noodles
  • Savory Cabbage Pancakes
  • Cumin Lime Coleslaw
  • Vinaigrette Slaw with Feta
  • Beef and Cabbage Soup
  • Sweet Crunch Winter Salad
  • “All You Can Eat” Cabbage Soup
  • Cajun Cabbage and Noodles
  • BBQ Beef and Cabbage

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Potatoes:

  • Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
  • Zuppa Toscana
  • Cheesy Cottage Pie
  • Smoky Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
  • One Pan Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage (and Potatoes) Dinner
  • Colcannon
  • Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  • Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries
  • Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes (Dairy-Free)

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Sweet Potatoes:

  • Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Peanut Lime Sauce
  • Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad
  • Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Sweet Potato Cornbread
  • Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Carrots:

  • Roasted Carrot and Feta Salad
  • Thai Coconut Curry Carrot Soup
  • Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
  • Curry Roasted Carrots
  • Curried Lentils (with carrots)
  • Carrot and Orzo Salad
  • Spicy Pickled Carrots

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Noodles:

  • Cold Peanut Noodle Salad
  • Garlic Noodles
  • Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen
  • Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles
  • Fried Cabbage and Noodles
  • Simple Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles
  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Stir Fry Beef Noodles
  • Spicy Dragon Noodles
  • Cajun Cabbage and Noodles
  • Sesame Noodles with Greens

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Tortillas:

  • Creamy Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas
  • Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Pizza Roll Ups
  • Weeknight Enchiladas
  • Easy Oven Fajitas
  • Pizzadillas
  • Hummus Breakfast Tacos

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Bread:

  • Homemade Baked Croutons
  • Kale, Swiss, and Mushroom Strata
  • 5-Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug
  • 5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug
  • Homemade Garlic Bread
  • Garlic Toast with Balsamic White Beans and Tomatoes
  • Homemade Breadcrumbs

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Ground Beef:

  • Baked Beef and Black Bean Tacos
  • One Pot American Goulash
  • Beef Kofta Meatballs
  • Simple Homemade Chili
  • Cheddar Cheeseburger Meatloaf
  • Weeknight Pasta Sauce
  • Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner
  • Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
  • BBQ Beef and Beans
  • Cheesy Cottage Pie

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Ground Turkey:

  • Ground Turkey Stir Fry
  • Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage
  • Spinach and Feta Turkey Meatballs
  • Turkey Taco Skillet
  • Green Chile Turkey Burgers
  • Mini Garden Turkey Loaves
  • Hoisin Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Chicken Thighs:

  • Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • 20-Minute Honey Mustard Chicken
  • Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken 
  • Easy Sesame Chicken
  • Herb Butter Chicken Thighs
  • Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken
  • Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs
  • Sticky Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Chicken Breast:

  • Baked Pizza Chicken
  • Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets
  • Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken
  • Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables
  • Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Dinner
  • Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Black Bean Salsa
  • Chicken Piccata
  • One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Sausage:

  • Classic Baked Ziti
  • Zuppa Toscana
  • Italian Sausage and White Bean Skillet
  • One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Skillet
  • Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens
  • Lentil and Sausage Stew
  • Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables
  • Pastalaya
  • Spicy Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Kale

200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

Recipe Ideas for Eggs:

  • Homemade Lemon Curd
  • Hummus Breakfast Tacos
  • Almond Dutch Baby
  • Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Crustless Quiche
  • Easy Egg Drop Soup
  • Green Chile Migas
  • Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs
  • Smoky White Bean Shakshuka
  • Eggs Florentine Breakfast Pizza
 

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