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35 Recipes to Make Using (Mostly) What's Already in Your Pantry

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Our refrigerators aren't always teaming with bunches of kale, bushels of beets, and more than 2 carrots. (Are yours? If they are, you deserve something. Perhaps a medal—or cake.)

When the crisper's looking sparse and you need to get something, anything on the table, the solution's simple: Head to the pantry. Here you'll find cans of beans and tomatoes, potatoes, and pasta ready to be used as the base of chili, hash browns, and, um, pasta.

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Here are 35 pantry-ready recipes:

beans & legumes

Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast
Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)
Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas
Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas
White Bean Soup
White Bean Soup
Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk

Grains

Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
Crispy Quinoa and Mustard Green Cakes
Crispy Quinoa and Mustard Green Cakes
Brown Rice Patties with Pesto

Brown Rice Patties with Pesto by Erin (Naturally Ella)

Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pickled Fennel

Quinoa and Farro Salad with Pickled Fennel by Merrill Stubbs

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter
Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter

potatoes

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes
Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes
Sweet Potato Maple Hash Browns
Sweet Potato Maple Hash Browns
Curly Fries
Curly Fries
Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake
Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake
A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper
A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper

pasta

Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce
Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara by Brette Warshaw

Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana

Edward Giobbi's Spaghetti alla Foriana by Genius Recipes

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Pasta Aglio Olio
Pasta Aglio Olio

Olives & anchovies (aka the salty things)

Pantry Pissaladière
Pantry Pissaladière
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Grilled Fennel Flatbread with Olives and Sultanas
Grilled Fennel Flatbread with Olives and Sultanas
Anchovy Onion Butter
Anchovy Onion Butter

canned tomatoes

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Scrambled Eggs Patia (Slow-Cooked, Indian-Inspired Scrambled Eggs)
Scrambled Eggs Patia (Slow-Cooked, Indian-Inspired Scrambled Eggs)
Spaghetti Squash with White Bean Ragoût
Spaghetti Squash with White Bean Ragoût
Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup
Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

Tell us: What's your favorite pantry-friendly meal?