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15 Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make with Pantry Staples

These easy dinner recipes can be made with pantry staples you already have on hand, using few ingredients and easy cooking techniques to make them a cinch for weeknight dinners or big family meals.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Slow Cooker Tacos

As much as I love to cook, I never stop needing easy dinner ideas, especially during the work week. Today I’m sharing 15 recipes you can easily make with pantry staples you already have on hand! From tacos to soups to chilis, there is something here for just about every palate. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Tacos

These slow cooker tacos (above) are made with simple ingredients and can be served in taco shells or in a bowl with a big fistful of tortilla chips on the side. These vegetarian tacos are nutrient dense and cook up easily in the Crock Pot!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Lemon Artichoke Pasta

Lemon Spaghetti with Artichokes

This delicious lemon spaghetti with artichokes recipe from Julie Blanner comes together in just 20 minutes and uses very few ingredients. It’s a perfect vegetarian dinner recipe for Meatless Mondays, too!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Four Bean Veggie Chili

Four Bean Veggie Chili

This four bean veggie chili recipe can easily be adapted to whatever beans you might have lying around in your pantry. Chili is one of the reason I make sure to always have a couple kinds of beans around the house!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Mexican Street Corn Nachos

Mexican Street Corn Nachos

This is the kind of dish I would eat all day every day – Mexican street corn nachos from Familystyle Food! If you don’t have fresh corn on the cob, sub corn from the freezer or even corn from a can to make the most of the ingredients you have on hand.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta

Weeknight Tomato Cream Sauce

This simple yet delicious tomato cream sauce is easy to make and instantly elevates the pasta you have stashed away in the pantry. Fresh basil optional, but totally encouraged.

Easy Dinner Recipes: One Pot Ground Beef Mushroom Stroganoff

One Pot Ground Beef Mushroom Stroganoff

I am crazy about a good stroganoff and I love that this one pot ground beef mushroom stroganoff from Nutmeg Nanny can easily be made without meat if you (like me) are more interested in vegetarian dinner recipes. Yum!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Roasted Tomato Soup with Homemade Croutons

Roasted Tomato Soup

This is one of my favorite soup recipes of all time – my roasted tomato soup recipe which can also be adapted to use canned tomatoes and is best served up with homemade croutons made from leftover bread.
Easy Dinner Recipes: One Pan Basil and Tomato Pasta

One Pan Basil and Tomato Pasta

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best recipes and this one pan basil and tomato pasta from Sugar & Charm is the definition of the perfect, easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Quinoa Veggie Taco Tarts

Quinoa Veggie Taco Tarts

Whenever I make these quinoa veggie taco tarts, the pan gets devoured immediately. The best thing is, they’re made with store bought dough (or you can make your own) and things you likely already have at home.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

I love a side or a salad that is filling and tasty enough to act a main dish, and this southwest pasta salad from Inspired By Charm perfectly fits that bill!

Easy Dinner Recipes: Homemade Veggie Soup with Vegan Dumplings

Homemade Veggie Soup with Vegan Dumplings

When I was a broke college student, I learned that using what I had around the house to make soup was one of the easiest ways to make a great dinner. Add in easy homemade dumplings and you have a feast! My homemade veggie soup with vegan dumplings is a must try recipe.
Easy Dinner Recipes: Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Dinner on the table in 20 minutes?! This stovetop mac and cheese recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is the ideal weeknight dinner and can be made easily with whatever cheese you happen to have on hand.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Veggie Stuffed Peppers

I love love love stuffed peppers and so I am crazy about this vegetarian version of veggie stuffed peppers from The Modern Proper. Use different beans or swap rice for quinoa or farro depending on what pantry staples you have on hand.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Chickpea Tomato Curry

Chickpea Tomato Curry

This dish is flavorful and loaded with ingredients you very likely already have at home – chickpea tomato curry by My Goodness Kitchen! Add or subtract based on the things you have handy – a good reason to always keep veggie stock and coconut milk around the house.

Easy Dinner Recipes: Soup with the Best Soup Toppings

Jazz Up Canned Soup with Soup Toppings

When in doubt, church up canned soup or packaged ramen with these 9 tasty soup toppings! You can easily turn any soup (homemade or otherwise) into an easy weeknight dinner by rummaging the pantry for yummy ways to amp up the flavor and texture.

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Monday 16th of March 2020

These all look amazing. Call me crazy, but I'm looking forward to weeks of cooking!

Cyd Converse

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Me too! I am sitting down with a cup of coffee right now to plot out all my culinary adventures.

Kristie Wilson

Monday 16th of March 2020

Thanks for sharing these! The roasted tomato soup looks amazing.

Cyd Converse

Monday 16th of March 2020

Hi Kristie! I'm so glad this is helpful. The tomato soup recipe is one of our favorites!

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