11 Quick & Easy Pantry Recipes

Weeknight cooking: It's never quite effortless but it can be simple. With the help of a few basic pantry and freezer staples, you can whip up the following clever combos in mere minutes.

Part of: Quick & Easy Dinners

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Mac & Cheese Quesadillas

Six minutes and 3-ingredients are all you need for this ultimate mash-up dinner.

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Salmon Pilaf With Green Onions

Skinless salmon cooks up fast — and even faster when it's cut into bite-sized chunks. This sweet and tangy Asian preparation takes just eight minutes in the skillet to cook.

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Tomato & Spinach Tortellini Soup

Feed your family, feed your soul — this comforting Italian soup can be on the table in just 30 minutes and pairs perfectly with your favorite crusty bread.

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Easy Beef Pasta

Macaroni pasta, canned tomatoes and garlic cloves work wonders as a recipe base — and only get better when you add ground beef and Parmesan cheese to the mix.

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Pork Chops & Rice

When it comes to simplicity, it's hard to beat a three-ingredient dinner. Once you brown the pork chops, it's only a matter of combining everything together and popping it in the oven.

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One-Pot Chicken & Peppers

Basic doesn't have to mean bland. The secret to this dish's amazing flavor is a generous squeeze of bright lemon juice. For additional servings, just double up the recipe and tack on a few minutes to the cooking time.

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Simple Shrimp Stir Fry

Frozen shrimp is a busy mom's best friend: It keeps for months and cooks up in minutes. For this healthy dish, feel free to toss in whatever veggies you have in your fridge.

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Cheeseburger Quiche

If your family is craving something hearty, this easy (as in only four steps!) cheeseburger pie will do the trick: It's beefy, cheesy and oh-so comforting.

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

All you need is one pot and eight minutes to whip up this fun Mexican-inspired soup. Top it off with a little cilantro or don't — the beauty of this dish is that it doesn't need any extras to be delicious.

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The Ultimate Frittata

Breakfast makes for a great, affordable dinner. Try this frittata as-is with bacon and mushrooms or get creative with leftovers from the fridge.

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One-Pot Cheesy Chicken & Noodles

Ready, set, go: You can make this creamy pasta in 25 minutes or less! It's even easier to prepare if you have leftover chicken or pick up a rotisserie bird on the way home.

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