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5-Ingredient Meals That Don't Require a Grocery Run

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Whether you buy all your basics at the farmers' market or need a last-minute gallon of milk from the convenience store, we all know this is not the week to meander down aisles or chat at the checkout. Between preparing your own Thanksgiving dishes and navigating the mobs of fellow shoppers, it's time for streamlined grocery lists and focused efficiency. In fact, if I can help it, I prefer to avoid grocery shopping until we're safely on the other side of Black Friday.

This is the time when my pantry—stocked with beans and pasta and bread—saves the day. Rather than waste precious time and energy buying dinner ingredients (or money buying take-out), I turn to the quick, easy meals I already have in my kitchen. With just five ingredients, I can feast on creamy fettuccine alfredo, hearty lentil stew, or whip up soft, silky scrambled eggs for tacos or tomato sauce. It's really that easy. So go ahead and focus on the Thanksgiving meal—pick one of these 27 pantry dinners to fill you up for the next couple of days.

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Pasta, what can't you do?

Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Spaghetti Frittata
Spaghetti Frittata
Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs

Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy

Instant Potato Gnocchi

Instant Potato Gnocchi by Barbara Lynch

Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine Alfredo
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta

Soup's Here

Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew)
Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew)
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci by Genius Recipes

Pasta Piselli

Pasta Piselli by sdebrango

Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew

Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew by Ali Slagle

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley by Genius Recipes

Incredible, Edible Eggs

Soft Scrambled Eggs
Soft Scrambled Eggs
Julia Turshen's Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt & Lemon

Julia Turshen's Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt & Lemon by Genius Recipes

Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado

Scrambled Egg Tacos with Avocado by Kenzi Wilbur

Poached Egg Soup (Changua con Huevo)
Poached Egg Soup (Changua con Huevo)

Get a Grip with Toasts & Sandwiches

Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce
Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce
Buttery Minty Pea Toast

Buttery Minty Pea Toast by Food52

Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole

Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Pantry Pissaladière
Pantry Pissaladière
Pan con Tomate with Burrata
Pan con Tomate with Burrata
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Brie and Prosciutto Melt

Brie and Prosciutto Melt by Londonfoodieny

My Best Tomato Sandwich

My Best Tomato Sandwich by Merrill Stubbs

Eat All Your Vegetables

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Cor... by Renee Kemps

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Spaghetti Squash by checker

Roasted Mushroom Salad
Roasted Mushroom Salad
Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes
Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes

Tell us your go-to pantry meals, as well as what you like to eat during the busy holidays in the comments.

Tags: pantry meals, easy dinner