20+ Easy Pantry Recipes

These pantry recipes use simple ingredients, but still full of flavor and easy to make! Here is a list of some of our best, easy, and seriously delicious recipes that you can use fresh or frozen ingredients.

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There’s nothing better than opening up your pantry and seeing you have every ingredient you need. It’s something we always try to help you achieve! We love making simple, but delicious recipes that everyone can enjoy without having to run to the store and buy what they need.

Of course, this past week has been seriously stressful for us here in North Carolina. I’m sure it has been for you, too. And, if you’re anything like us, there’s nothing more comforting than getting in the kitchen and cooking. There are days where we can cook for hours! Sometimes, it’s just the need to learn something new.

It’s our way to meditate, our safe place. Food is something we love. It’s our way of showing love and finding happiness even in the darkest of times.

If you also find solace in the kitchen, this list is for you. It’s easy, pantry/fridge staple ingredients that anyone can make. If you have kids, there are quite a few recipes you can let them help with.

From breakfast to dinner to snacks. This list is full of delicious recipes for the whole family!

breakfast recipes

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Homemade Blueberry Pancakes

These blueberry pancakes are not only the best way to start your mornings, they are made from pantry staple ingredients and you can use frozen blueberries! They are light, fluffy, perfectly sweet, and seriously yummy.

banana nut bread sliced on a wood cutting board with a glass of milk

Easy Homemade Banana Nut Bread

If you’re like us, you always have bananas on hand! But, they they always somehow become overripe… Well, this recipe is the perfect way to use up those overripe bananas! Sweet, moist, the perfect amount of crunch from pecans. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to have for breakfast or even a snack!

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Better Than a Bakery Raspberry Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good muffin raspberry muffin? It’s light & fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness. Fresh raspberries can be substituted with frozen. It’s such an easy recipe that it’s definitely one of the best muffin recipes!

butter milk biscuits in a cast iron skillet.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

This is actually one of our most popular recipes and there is definitely a reason, trust me. Tender, flaky, buttery, and so so good! We have been making these biscuits for 20+ years and they are super easy to make. It’s a true southern classic.

blueberry muffins on a marble board with a cooling rack

Better Than a Bakery Blueberry Muffins

THESE. ARE.SO. GOOD. One of my favorite combos is lemon and blueberries. It’s fresh, vibrant, and the perfect breakfast! If you don’t have fresh blueberries, you can use frozen blueberries for this recipe.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

Not only is this recipe healthy and seriously yummy… It’s one of the best ways to enjoy breakfast! Vibrant frozen tropical fruits blended together to make a delicious breakfast. It’s seriously like eating ice cream for breakfast!

a bowl of granola with flowers, a pot of honey, a glass of milk, and a jar of granola on a concrete board

The Best Homemade Granola

Easy, adaptable, and seriously delicious! This granola is made with honey, oats, all your favorite nuts, and dried fruits. This recipe is so adaptable. Don’t like something? Change it! It’s a great breakfast or snack.

Main Course

spaghetti aglio e olio on a white plate with a copper spoon and fork and a grey napkin

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

I know the title might sound intimidating, but I promise you that there is not an easier recipe to make! Pasta, butter, garlic, chili flakes… SO. GOOD. It’s a great weeknight dinner.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew with Red Wine

Have an Instant Pot? Well, we have a recipe for you! There is nothing better than a classic, hearty beef stew. If you don’t have access to fresh veggies, you can easily substitute with frozen!

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Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

In times of need, there is nothing more comforting than chicken noodle soup. It’s easy to make, super healthy, and is definitely a magic cure all!

shoepeg corn casserole on a marble board with a napkin

Shoepeg Corn and Green Bean Casserole

What I love about this casserole is that it’s comforting and full of veggies! You can use canned/frozen vegetables if you don’t have access to fresh. It’ll always be seriously delicious!

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The Creamiest Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

Is there anything better than a big bowl of mac and cheese for dinner? I don’t think so. This recipe is so easy and is ready in less than 20 minutes! It’s a great thing to throw together when nothing else sounds good.

a bowl of vegetable beef soup with thyme, corn bread, a grey napkin, and a spoon on a marble board

Vegetable Beef Soup

For me, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of vegetable soup. This healthy soup can be made with frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, or whatever else you have on hand! It’s versatile and absolutely delicious.

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One Pot Cheesy Baked Rigatoni with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Pasta, baked with cheese, tomatoes, peppers, and sausage… Can it get any better?! It’s an easy, throw together bake that the whole family will love!

a bowl of beef and broccoli served over rice with chop sticks and a grey napkin

Better Than Take Out Beef and Broccoli

Sometimes, you just need some asian food to make everything better! This beef and broccoli can be made with fresh or frozen veggies. It’s seriously delicious either way. One of my absolute favorite recipes!

a bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce with parsley chopped on top with a white napkin on a marble table and two bowls in the background

Homemade Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Healthy, hearty, and seriously delicious! This is a great dinner for the whole family and it keeps in the freezer really well. It’s something we always have on hand!

paella in a cast iron skillet with forks, parsley, and lemon slices on a marble board

Spanish-Style Paella

Fresh, vibrant, and a great rice based dinner! Shrimp, sausage, and veggies galore. It’s a great throw together dinner that works with almost everything and changes up the normal rice dinners.

a bowl of chili with a copper spoon and a napkin and chopped avocado and cheese on top

The Best and Easiest Chili

Hearty, spicy, one pot, slow-simmered chili makes for the best and easiest meal! This recipe has pantry staple ingredients, ready in about two and a half hours, and absolutely delicious.

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Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

What I love about this recipe is you can make everything homemade or use store-bought! I love it with our simple and quick guacamole. It’s one of my favorite dinners that we make!

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Simple and Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

With this, every night can be pizza night! This is super easy to make and only has five ingredients. Seriously, you can even have breakfast pizza with this! It’s so versatile that we’ve even made pretzels with the leftovers.

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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

With all the tomato sauce outages, this is a great way to fix that! This homemade tomato sauce is seriously delish and keeps for so long. Perfect on pizza, pasta, or even in casseroles. It works for everything!

something a little sweet

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

A day isn’t complete without chocolate chip cookie! This recipe is so easy to make and one of my favorite cookies on the planet. It’s great to dunk in a glass of milk and enjoy after dinner (or even as a midnight snack!).

Berries and Cream Parfait

This is one of my favorite desserts from my childhood! It’s only made from whipped cream, berries, and brown sugar. It’s seriously delicious and fresh and vibrant. You can even use frozen berries!

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Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Cookies

if you have raisins, oatmeal, cinnamon, and pecans then you can make these delicious cookies! I know not everyone loves oatmeal raisin cookies but I can guarantee you that these cookies can change anyone’s mind.

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The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Cake

Lucious, decedent, and super chocolate-y! This is something everyone can make and enjoy. It’s one of my absolute favorite cakes! The frosting is a whipped ganache which isn’t as intimidating as it sounds, I promise!

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