20 Cheap(ish) Recipes to make with Pantry Staples

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I've always been one to keep a stocked pantry. I love having things on hand where I can whip up a meal in a moments notice. And honestly with everything happening in today's world, it feels like the right time to round up 20 cheap recipes to make with pantry staples! If you've stocked up your pantry and are cooking a ton at home these days, the below recipes will keep you well fed for weeks on end!

First up: Pantry Pasta Recipes

Calabrian Chili Pasta this slightly spicy pasta dish is ready in under 20 minutes and incredibly delish.

Calabrian Chili Pasta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


Garlic Crack Sauce Pasta fav sauce on the planet. All you need is ALL THE GARLIC.

Garlic Crack Sauce Pasta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Pasta Puttanesca it's everything in your cabinet and it's quick!

Pasta Pomodoro one of the classics!

Pasta Pomodoro from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta - you can omit the mushrooms and basil if you're going full pantry status! The red pepper sauce from this recipe is also great on risotto, rice, grains etc.

Red Pepper Pasta with Mushrooms from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Lemon Spaghetti with Tuna and Bread Crumbs 100% from the pantry and super delish.

Lemon Spaghetti with Tuna and Breadcrumbs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Sesame Ginger Noodles

Sesame Ginger Noodles from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Cheesy Kale Pasta kale isn't technically in the pantry, but it is one of the veggies that lasts longest in the fridge!

Cheesy Kale Pasta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta - hands down my favorite pasta ever

Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta (with a white wine sauce!) from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Pasta alla Vodka - FYI Vodka sauce also freezes great if you want to double it and keep it on hand for future use!

Moving onto soups:

Roasted Tomato Soup - just omit the fresh tomatoes and used canned! Easy

Curry Lentil Soup - coconut milk - KEY for pantry staples!

Curry Lentil Soup from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

All Things Beans:

The OG Hummus Recipe

Everything Hummus

Everything Hummus from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Mexican Pinto Beans

Mexican Pinto Beans from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Stovetop Beans


Kimchi Fried Rice - kimchi technically needs to be stored in the fridge but it also lasts forever so feel free to stock up and use as needed.

Caramelized Onion Risotto


Parmesan Pretzel Dogs

Parmesan Pretzel Dogs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Everything Home Fries

Everything Home Fries from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


  1. Every one of those recipes look delicious, but I am an insulin dependent diabetic and pasta is only an occasional treat. Do you have anything that is vegetable based?

  2. I just have to say your incredible!! Your recipes are the Best! I love your videos. Hubbys taking me tomorrow to buy another one of your cookbooks. I love to cook, last couple years been hard. I’m in remission of cancer, but I love to cook. The seasonings at William Sonoma are the Best!!!
    Thank you for sharing your incredible recipes...
    Oh if I lived close I’d take you to dinner. I’m in Roseville Ca. Santa Monica is my favorite place.
    It’s on my bucket list to go their one more time...
    Hugs Kimberly

  3. Thank you for putting this together and your pantry run-down in IG yesterday - very helpful and inspiring, I'm not a planner and this is helping motivate me to get it together! Looking forward for your freezer meal ideas (maybe I'll manage to stock up before baby #2 in August)!

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