Food & Drink

Pantry Staple Recipes for When Your Fridge Is Empty


We’ve all been there: the Sundays when you opt for 10 reruns of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills instead of hitting a jam-packed Trader Joe’s… and then when you go to cook a meal, your options are cereal, noodles, or two-week-old Thai food.

Stay away from the buttered noodles, and don’t even consider eating those leftovers — there are easy recipes you can make without grocery shopping, all with the ingredients you have sitting in your pantry.

Next time your fridge is empty, try one of these staple recipes:


1. Red Beans with Rice and Fried Egg

Source: My Recipes


2. Chili Con Queso Mac & Cheese

Source: Little Spice Jar


3. Five Ingredient Pasta

Source: Food 52


4. Pasta Carbonara

Source: The Pioneer Woman


5. Vegetarian Chili

Source: The Spruce Eats


6. Vegetable Soup

Source: My Recipes


7. Three Ingredient Pizzadillas

Source: Fountain Avenue Kitchen


8. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Source: My Baking Addiction


9. Creamy Tomato Soup

Source: Food Network


10. Minestrone

Source: Food Network