PART OF Quick & Easy

Top 100 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.

Homemade Pasta

“That was too easy! After I mixed it in the food processor, I ran it through the pasta machine and let it dry out for a few hours. Turned out beautifully!”

-mums the word

Slow-Cooker Ham & Beans

“This was great. I omitted the carrots. It was flavorful and easy. My husband said he could eat it often, he even had it the next day!”


Chinese Fried Rice

“This is absolutely delightful! It’s so good. I've never made fried rice before, and this is a definite keeper!”

-Naomi K.

Lemon Herb Quinoa

“We’ll be making quinoa much more often now that we have this recipe, because it’s truly delicious! The lemon isn’t overpowering. It’s just perfect! I have a b it leftover and I think I’ll try making a salad with it in the morning!”


Homemade Gnocchi

“I love making pasta and gnocchi, it’s definitely a comforting favorite. These were simple to prep, and once shaped I kept them in the fridge on a baking tray for a few hours before cooking them for dinner. They held up really well and didn't get sticky or gummy!”

-Izy Hossack

Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

“Served with shrimp on linguine. Outstanding!”


Gallo Pinto

“I’d been looking for more ways to eat beans since they’re so good for you. This recipe is really tasty, and popular with the kiddos! The blend of flavors is really different. This recipe will go into regular rotation right away!”


World Famous Spaghetti

“This was excellent! A permanent keeper in our house.”

-Teresa M

Crispy Cornflake Potatoes

“Wow, what an easy and delicious meal! I loved these crunchy potatoes. I think they would be great with a Mexican seasoning and some guacamole, or Italian herbs and a cream cheese dip! So many possibilities.”


Orange Juice Cake

"You really do taste that orange flavor! It was a delicious cake. I like that it spruces up a boxed cake mix, because sometimes you don't have all the time to make a homemade cake batter. This is perfect!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Real Southern Cornbread

"Great cornbread. The proportions in the recipe are perfect!”


Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Chickpea & Apricot Tagine

“This was awesome! My honey and I thoroughly loved it and will be making it again.”


Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Start your day off right with these overnight oats loaded with peanut butter and chocolate.

Cranberry Couscous Salad

“This is fabulous! I’ve been making it all summer long. Everyone absolutely raves about it.”



“What absolutely beautiful biscuits. I’m having these babies with beef stew tonight.”


Shredded Chicken Quesadillas

“Simple to make and full of flavor! Butter was the perfect trick to getting that great crispy tortilla.”


Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

“A fall treat for breakfast! You can use honey instead of maple syrup to sweeten the oats too.”

-Izy Hossack

Five Ingredient Garlic Quinoa

“I love quinoa, as it’s nutritional, healthy and goes perfect with almost all veggies! I’ve also added some kale. Yum!”


Marinated Chickpea & Artichoke Salad with Feta

“Five stars for this dish! Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe. One woman said she could live off this salad.”


Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

"This recipe is so garlicky, so creamy and so easy. I got home from work, was incredibly tired and just wanted a filling meal. This one worked perfectly!”


Dried Cranberries & Squash

“Delicious! My squash were really big so I doubled the cranberry filling with cinnamon butter. I love the way the cranberries get a caramel flavor to them with the broiling.”


Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

“Fantabulous! This dish is restaurant-quality and is earning a spot in the front of the pasta section in my cookbook!”


Rice Pudding

"I made this recipe this morning because I had a sweet tooth and needed a little comfort food. It was wonderful and so simple to make.”


Baja Black Beans, Corn & Rice

“I’m going to be making this all summer! I had it with grilled chicken, and the next morning with scrambled eggs and aged cheddar. It would also be great over a salad!”


Freezer-Ready Cornflake Chicken Fingers

"These are the best chicken fingers I’ve ever had. They have lots of flavor and are crunchy on the outside.”


Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

“This recipe is simply the best alfredo sauce ever! Make it just as written - it’s superb!”

-kAREN p.

Rice Krispie Treat Squares

“This worked perfectly! Everyone loved them. I sprayed the baking sheet with cooking spray, which helped them easily come out.”


Thai Coconut Rice

“Coconut milk and rice are just a natural match. A great side dish!”


Chicken Rice Casserole

“I love this recipe! I was hesitant at first, but it’s delicious! A very tasty and healthy dish.”


Mexican Red Rice

“This is a great recipe! The rice came out delicious and fluffy. Toasting it beforehand added a great richness to it!”


Red Beans & Rice

"I'm from New Orleans and I can vouch that this dish is authentic and delicious, as well as easy! I highly recommend.”


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

"Wow, these are the best oatmeal raisin cookies. Soft, moist, chewy and the texture is perfect! These are as good as any bakery sells.”


Tuna Noodle Casserole

“I loved this recipe! My husband doesn’t like tuna noodle casserole, but he got up for seconds on this one!”

-Ceildgh P.


“I’m not really a pancake eater, so I don't serve them often. This easy recipe is a game changer. So tender and moist!”

-Cindy A.

Simple Tomato Sandwich

“This is just about the most delicious thing I've ever shoved in my face. Mayo, some salt and pepper and this is just heaven.”


New Orleans-Style Red Beans & Rice

“I’d always wanted to try this dish. The whole family loved it, it is a delightful winter warmer! A meal we will have again and again.”

-Cellina R.

Spinach, Tomato & Feta Quiche

"This was wonderful! I made it crustless, cooked it exactly 45 minutes and it was perfect.”


Frito Lay Bean Dip

“I tried this recipe because I was looking for a bean dip that didn’t contain cream cheese. Wow, so good! It really does taste like Frito lay bean dip.”


Chocolate Chip Muffins

"Yummy! I just made these and ate one right out of the oven. They’re superb! Very chocolatey.”


Baked Beans

“I served these last night with some slow cooker ribs and the combination was excellent together. They were super, my search is finally over!"

-Just Cher

Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes

“Absolutely delicious. We like spicy, so instead of the cheddar cheese we added shredded habenero and jalapeño cheese.”


Beef & Bean Burritos

“These were great, my hubby wants to know when we'll be making these again. I loved that they were super simple to do!”

-Brooke the Cook in

Flour Tortilla Recipe

“I love this recipe! This is the same recipe I made when I was just a little girl. I’ll save it to make it for my family from now on.”

-Liz L.

Quick Homemade Tomato Soup

“Super easy and delicious. It’s great for lunch with a sandwich or salad. This one is a keeper!”


Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

“These are delicious! The oats add a slight crunch, and the orange really comes through. I used frozen cranberries and they worked well.”

-Emma F.

Best Banana Bread

“I’ve tried many banana breads but this is one of the best. I added walnuts to mine! I’d recommend this to anyone. A winner for sure!”

-Rita Freesemann

Basic Batter Waffles

“These came out great! Golden, crisp and delicious waffles.”

-Stephen A.

Jiffy Corn Casserole

“This is a spectacular recipe! Great for Christmas paired with ham.”


Popcorn Balls

“The kids and I ate some popcorn for snack while I was cooking the sauce. At the end, I came out with about 22 balls. The taste is wonderful! This was just enough sauce and the popcorn is still crunchy.”


Crunchy Tuna Noodle Casserole

“This was easy and quick. My perfect kind of recipe. It was great and got a five star rating from my large family.”


Yam Casserole With Marshmallows

"This dish was great! It was easy and a success for my first hosted Thanksgiving dinner!"


Cream of Chicken Enchiladas

“Wow, these enchiladas are to die for. The filling is very rich, creamy and cheesy. Easy to make and very filling!”


Creamed Corn

“Amazing flavor! It was my first time making creamed corn and it was so good. It tastes great with a bit of curry powder, too!”

-Elleinn Park

Overnight French Toast Casserole

“This is a fabulous, make-ahead breakfast dish! So easy and so tasty. What an easy way to serve a group of people.”


Quinoa Tahini Cookies

“These are so delicious. I couldn’t stop eating the dough as it tasted like honey butter. I’ll definitely make these often!”


Bacon, Egg & Cheddar Scones

“These are just wonderful! A perfect texture, and a great all-in-one breakfast.”


Chicken, Rice & Spices Bake

“Easy and delicious! Next time, I think I’ll add some slivered almonds to the rice.”

-Marsha Mazz

Arabian Pita Bread

"Delicious, quick and easy. I've made these twice now and we love them!”

-Amy V2

Award-Winning Butter Tarts

“Yum! This is the second time I've made butter tarts. The result was a sweet, buttery and gooey tart that was so rich, I had stuff dribblin' off my chin as I ate one.”

-Terri F.

Oven-Baked Pork Chops & Rice

“This is a one-pan marvel! I love that it all comes together so easily and the oven does all the work for you. The rice was so flavorful and tender!”

-Jonathan Melendez

Caramel Puff Corn

“Super easy and extremely addictive! I’ll definitely be making this again.”


Heart-Shaped Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Scones

“Man, what a wonderful bedtime snack with a cold glass of milk. These came out perfect. I’ll definitely be making these many times over again.”

-marsha anne

Curried Quinoa Salad With Cranberries

“What a pleasing use of one of my favorite grains. The flavors on this dish really come together quite well. The curry flavor is very light, which worked well for my guests!”


Frito Corn Salad

“One of the ladies brought this to our potluck today and it was absolutely amazing. I will be making this during the fall. There was none left to bring back!”

-Marcia S.

Quinoa Pudding

“I loved the subtle nutty flavor that the quinoa added to the pudding. I topped mine with whipped cream!”


Cranberry Scones

“So good! My house still smells like cloves. I ate half of them before remembering I had promised some to my roommates.”


Buttery Bread Machine Rolls

“Oh my goodness, these are amazing. I will never buy rolls again! I had to force myself to stop eating them.”


Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Granola Bars

“These are so easy and oh so good! I made these for my boyfriend and we loved them.”


The Best Pasta Salad

“I made this as a pre-Labor day lunch. It was very good!”


Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie

“The best quick brownie I’ve ever made! So moist. The sugar to cocoa ratio was perfect!”

-Kenya C.

Toasted Ravioli

“This recipe produces restaurant-quality toasted ravioli. It saves a lot of money and they’re so easy to make. Amazing recipe!”

-Andrea F.

Red Velvet Mug Cake

“This hits the spot when you’re craving a yummy dessert but don't feel like putting in the effort. I haven't tried it with any other type of mix but I imagine it works just as well!”


Chicken Noodle Soup

"This was my very first time making chicken noodle soup. It was delicious ,we all had two bowls!”


Orzo with Parmesan & Basil

“This was delish! We loved the texture of this, and the parm makes it extra creamy! This is definitely a keeper for us.”

-Sky Hostess

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

“The reviews don’t do justice to how awesome these cookies are! So easy, my three and five year-old kids did it by them selves (with supervision).”


Honey Granola

"This is the best granola I’ve ever made! We won't be buying it anymore, not when this is so easy and inexpensive.”


Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Hummus

"Oh man! I’ll be making this one again and again. What a wonderful texture and taste. The cayenne and garlic give it a great bite, and the roasted bell pepper contrasts it with just a hint of sweetness.”

-Lisa Pizza

Trail Mix Granola Muffins

“These muffins are dense, moist, flavorful and filling. They’re also a great way to use granola sitting in your pantry.”


Green Olive Tapenade

“A great recipe, hot and garlicky! My previous tapanades are usually more mild than this, so this was a nice change.”


Easy Banana Muffins

“My 11 year-old son and two of his friends made these muffins for a cooking project. They were amazing!They added the optional chocolate chips which was a great choice! We will be making these at home.”


Mediterranean Chicken Breasts With Avocado Tapenade

“My husband and I made this for dinner last night, and our only complaint was that we ate too much because it was so good!”


Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

“A really good fried rice recipe! I served this with garlic chicken and soup.”


Grape Jelly Meatballs

“I took these to school and everybody was asking for the recipe. It was a huge hit!”


Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

“If I could give these more than five stars, I would! To a pregnant lady craving peanut butter, these taste like heaven!”


World's Best Butter Cookies

“I’ve never loved a cookie more. I’m grateful for this recipe. It’s simplicity at it’s finest. Each bite leaves me longing for another. Pure joy in every morsel.”

-GeMaya P.

Beer Bread

“Really easy to make! I sifted the flour like suggested and used a Sam Adams lager. Delicious - the family loved it.”

-Vanessa l.

Montreal Steak Spice Rub

“This is a wonderful blend of flavors for steak, potatoes or pork!”

-Kermit in Huntsville

Garlic Potatoes

“I made this with some Greek grilled chicken last night and wow, really delicious! The potatoes were crisp, tender and oh so garlicky!”


Cinnamon Swirl Blondie

"The browned butter really sets these blondies apart from the rest. Chewy, buttery, cinnamony and delicious! My only regret was not doubling the recipe.”

-Muffin Goddess


“Omg, this is fantastic bread. I’m a long time bread maker, but this was my first time trying brioche. I’ll be making this recipe again and again, as it’s so delicious.”

-Leigh-Ann S.

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken & Noodles

“The whole family liked this, even my picky three year-old. I made it with cream of chicken soup. Definitely going to make this again.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mac & Cheese Quesadillas

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

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.