Keeping a Well Stocked Pantry

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Keeping your pantry stocked with ingredients you will use on a regular basis makes cooking from scratch easy and convenient. After the initial cash outlay for items like a bottle of apple cider vinegar or olive oil, you will be ready, after shopping for main ingredients, to whip up your favorite creations.

Here are the suggested minimum staples we recommend for your home pantry. Depending on what you like, what your dietary restrictions are, and what your family traditions are, your pantry list may look very different from this, but this is a good place to start. (Scroll down for recipes.)


Balsamic, apple cider, red wine, white wine


Maple syrup, honey, cane sugar

Canned Goods

Diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, marinara sauce, beans, coconut milk, tuna/salmon

Nuts & Seeds

A variety such as almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pecans, etc.

Grains (whole)

A variety such as quinoa, rice, oats, barley, wild rice


A variety including macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, egg noodles, rice noodles, etc.


Sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, ginger, oregano, dill, cumin, curry powder, thyme, rosemary, basil


Thickeners such as arrowroot powder & cornstarch, breadcrumbs, vegetable and/or meat broth, nut & seed butters


Oils & Fats

Coconut oil, extra virgin olive, butter, cooking oil spray


Dijon mustard, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, salsa, miso, ketchup

Pantry Vegetables

Onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash (in season)


Eggs, variety of cheeses including Parmesan, cheddar, Swiss, etc, fresh lemons, fresh ginger root, celery, carrots, plain yogurt


Vegetables, fruits, meats, tortillas


A variety such as garbanzos, green and red lentils, red beans, black beans, pinto beans, etc.

Nuts & Seeds

A variety such as almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pecans, etc.

Baking Products

All-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla

Pantry Recipes

Pantry Bean Soup
Garden Vegetable Chili
Tomato Pasta with Chickpeas
Pasta Carbonara Frittata
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Fusilli with Bacon Tomato Sauce
Italian Chicken Soup
Potato Sauerkraut Soup
White Bean Italian Sausage Fennel Soup