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I need something fun to make with the basic/ common things in my cupboard & fridge, I'd rather not go shopping, thanks.

asked by @bart_7 about 5 years ago
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added about 5 years ago

I love making meals from what's in my house without going shopping.. it's like a challenge. :) What are some specific foods you have in your cupboard/fridge right now?


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added about 5 years ago

I'm a hard core pantry cook myself because I travel often and I hate throwing stuff away. One of my standard meals comes from Marcela Hazan (although I've tweaked it a bit). Spaghetti or linguini with canned tuna, tomatoes, capers, olives, anchovies or anchovie paste (optional). The sauce is reduced in olive oil and finished with a TBS of butter.
My pantry includes:
Boxes of stock
At least 10 types of dried pasta
At least four types of rice
8 bottles of olive oil
4 or 5 tins of really good Spanish tuna packed in olive oil (bonito del norte)
Both brined and oil cured olives
salt packed capers
multiple sea salts (I get them as gifts from guests)
a local hot sauce


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added about 5 years ago

That is a great list, pierino!

I would add:

good-quality canned tomatoes
unsalted butter
granulated sugar
brown sugar
all-purpose flour
baking powder
and a hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano

campagnes is right, tell us what's in your cupboard/fridge, @bart_7?

added about 5 years ago

pierino, that meal sounds awesome!

One of my favorite pantry meals is black beans heated with a can of roasted green chilies, peppers and onion, seasoned with garlic, cumin and oregano, over brown rice prepared with chicken stock. Not super-imaginitive, but it sure hits the spot. :) Sometimes I'll add a glug of homemade vinaigrette.