Delicious, flavorful food doesn't have to be overly complicated. When life gets stressful, one thing you won't have to spare is comforting and fulfilling meals with a kitchen stocked with basic at-home staples. Control what you can control and let us help you prepare a wholesome meal for you and your family, with ingredients found right in your kitchen pantry.

Instant Pot Spaghetti

instant pot spaghetti

Pantry Staples

  • ground beef
  • seasoning
  • spaghetti noodles
  • spaghetti sauce
  • water
  • can of diced tomatoes

Spaghetti is often a family favorite, and relatively simple to prepare with the ingredients readily available in kitchen cupboards. If you don't have spaghetti noodles on hand, other noodles could be used in its place, such as elbow macaroni. Feel free to omit ground beef if you don't have it or replace it with another hearty protein. The use of an Instant Pot makes the preparation and cooking time of Instant Pot Spaghetti a snap.

Classic Meatloaf

meatloaf

Pantry Staples

  • yellow onion
  • ground beef
  • bread crumbs
  • eggs
  • milk
  • seasonings
  • ketchup
  • worcestershire sauce

Tender and savory, a traditional meatloaf is a family classic that has stood the test time and is still loved today for its comforting flavor, affordability, and basic ingredients. A meatloaf consists of humble components that can usually be found in every kitchen. Round out this delicious meal with a healthy side of your favorite vegetables and a slice of homemade bread.

Irish Soda Bread

irish soda bread

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • buttermilk

It doesn't have to be St. Patrick's Day to enjoy a delicious loaf of Irish soda bread. Unlike traditional loaves of bread, which require yeast and eggs, soda bread uses baking soda and buttermilk as leavening agents. The ingredients for soda bread are economical and easy to find, and most likely already on your kitchen shelves. If you're running low on bread, or can't make a trip to your local grocer, don't fret, a warm loaf of Irish bread is just around the corner.

Fresh out of buttermilk? Learn how to make buttermilk!

5-Minute Chicken Salad

chicken salad sandwich

Pantry Staples

  • can chicken chunks or leftover fresh cooked chicken
  • celery
  • mayonnaise
  • seasonings
  • pickles

5-minute chicken salad is a quick and easy meal that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes with everyday kitchen staples. Similar to a tuna sandwich, chicken salad is an old favorite dish that appeals to many that would prefer chicken over fish. A versatile classic, feel free to put your own spin on this simple dish. We recommend adding dried cranberries or fresh red onions if you have either on hand.

Simply Oven Baked Pork Chops And Rice

baked pork chops

Pantry Staples

  • can cream of mushroom soup
  • water
  • long-grain rice
  • onion
  • seasonings
  • pork chops

Simply oven-baked pork chops and rice is a foolproof recipe that will give you fork-tender, melt-in-your-mouth pork chops every time! The combination of warm creamy rice topped with hearty, savory pork chops creates a delicious, buttery texture and taste that everyone in your family will crave. Feel free to swap out the cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken, or any other cream of varieties.

Blackberry Cobbler

blackberry cobbler

Pantry Staples

  • fresh or frozen blackberries, blueberries, apples, or any variety of fruit
  • water
  • flour
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • cornstarch
  • lemon juice
  • vanilla

Blackberry cobbler is a timeless, uncomplicated American deep-dish fruity dessert that is easily customizable to suit your tastes. Simply switch out the blackberries for any fruit, fresh or frozen that you may currently have on hand. A fruit cobbler makes a wonderful treat for either breakfast or dessert.

Ham Salad

ham salad

Pantry Staples

  • canned ham or leftover fresh-cooked ham
  • mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • celery

With a food processor and some leftover or canned ham, you can prepare a stunningly delicious lunch or dinner! Spread ham salad on finger rolls, keep it low carb and serve it wrapped in lettuce wraps or over salad, or bulk it up and mix it in with pasta. For added sweetness, add some sweet relish to the blend.

Bacon Potato Corn Chowder

bacon potato corn chowder

Pantry Staples

  • bacon
  • onion
  • potatoes
  • cream-style corn
  • evaporated milk
  • salt and pepper

Are you craving a hearty soup? We have you covered! Bacon potato corn chowder is warm and nourishing, and it's easily prepared on your stove top with humble, everyday ingredients that can be found right at home. The rich, creamy, exquisite flavors of this soup are hard to resist. This modest chowder will undoubtedly become an old family standby.

Feel free to use regular milk or half and a half in place of evaporated milk.

Basic Pancakes

pancakes

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk
  • butter
  • egg
  • vegetable oil

Sundays mornings are for pancakes, no question. If you're fresh out of pancake mix, don't worry! Chances are, you have everything you need to make the most delicious stack of warm light and fluffy, homemade pancakes right at your fingertips.

Basic pancakes on your stove top or griddle is a piece of cake! Whip up the batter in a bowl using a whisk, and have some light-hearted family fun cooking and carefully flipping until they're ready to devour. Try adding in some fresh or frozen fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, or granola, for added flavor.

If you're out of vegetable oil, simply use melted butter in its place.

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

broccoli chicken casserole

Pantry Staples

  • chicken stuffing mix
  • cooked chicken
  • frozen broccoli florets
  • can of condensed broccoli cheese soup
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Broccoli chicken casserole is an easy spin on the classic popular dinner, chicken divan. With only five simple at-home staple ingredients, this satisfying cheesy creamy comfort dish can be prepared in a matter of minutes! Feel free to add a variety of fresh or frozen vegetables, such as carrots, peas, or sweet corn if you have them on hand. When adding frozen vegetables to a casserole, we recommend adding them near the end of the casserole's cooking time to avoid the vegetables from breaking down and becoming too mushy.

Feel free to swap out the broccoli cheese soup for cream of chicken, or any other cream of varieties.

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