My 5 Pantry Must-Haves

Do you ever read a recipe that sounds amazing and then see that you literally need to buy EVERYTHING on the ingredient list from the store to make it? I am often deterred from some recipes that I’m sure are amazing because I just simply don’t want to put that much effort into going to the grocery store and hunting everything down. I guess you could say I’ve gotten a bit wiser over the last few months, as I’ve established a list of “must-have” items that recipes consistently call for. I keep these items stocked in my cabinet so I don’t have to go out and buy them every time they’re needed. I only chose 5 to get us started, but hopefully in the future I’ll post an extended list. So here we go!

  1. Olive Oil– your launching point for recipes requiring sautéing items like onion and garlic, as well as recipes needing a flavor enhancement. Can be used in lieu of a nonstick cooking spray, and has added health benefits such as increasing satiety and decreasing your risk of heart disease.
  2. Onions– I typically have a handful of white or yellow in our pantry. Of course, I buy them in bulk from Sam’s Club and use them in soups, stir-frys, casseroles, and pasta dishes, and other meals. I’m pretty sure we eat a few whole onions a week in this house. They have a pretty good shelf life, so buying in bulk isn’t a bad idea if you’re able to find them.
  3. Garlic– Keeping in queue with the onions, I can’t tell you how many recipes I have read that start with “sauté onion and garlic.” It’s just easier to keep on hand than to run to the store when seemingly every recipe calls for it!
  4. Chicken Broth– We use low sodium in our household (always trying to debloat it seems!), but this item is a staple for many slow-cooker meals, soups, casseroles, etc. It’s been easier to always have it and buy when I don’t need it than to google substitutions for it because I’m determined to follow through with what I planned to make.
  5. Diced Tomatoes– Not only can these be a great addition to a pot of hodgepodge soup, but many recipes actually do want you to have them on hand. Chilis, Italian dishes, and some of my favorite slow-cooker meals have garnered me an army of canned diced tomatoes in my pantry.

While this is in no way a complete list, they are the top 5 items my kitchen calls for. Hopefully these will help you avoid skipping out on that next recipe you want to try because of something you don’t have on hand.



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