Stock up on the essentials now; eat well for weeks.


Sunflower Seed & Red Pepper Rigatoni

Sunflower Seed & Red Pepper Rigatoni
Credit: Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

A jar of roasted red peppers plus any nuts you have on hand—like almonds, walnuts, or pecans—make an easy, tasty romesco that goes great with any type of noodle. If you don't have bread, try croutons or crackers. (And if you don't have the cheese or herbs on hand, just leave them out this time around.) 

Spinach-Pea Soup

Spinach-Pea Soup in bowl with spoon
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Always keep your freezer stocked with an assortment of veggies like peas, spinach, kale, and green beans. A variety of those green things blend up with chicken stock (another perfect pantry staple!) for this creamy, healthy, make-a-whole-batch soup.

Recipe: Try our Spinach-Pea Soup

Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl

Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl

Breakfast doesn't have to suffer, even in an emergency. Combine pantry-friendly steel-cut oats and quinoa for an extra hearty brekkie, no fresh ingredients required. 

Recipe: Try our Oatmeal-Quinoa Bowl

Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

shrimp noodle salad with peanut sauce

Pantry meals aren't just a mix of canned and frozen veggies. Stock a few bags of frozen shrimp next to your frozen veg, and you'll be eating good even if you can't make it to the supermarket. Psst: You can buy your edamame in the freezer aisle, too!

Baked Basmati with Artichokes & Almonds

Baked Basmati with Artichokes & Almonds
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Rice is a no-brainer grain to keep in the pantry at all times. It's good with literally everything—including this frozen artichoke-almond combination.

Tuna Puttanesca & Penne

tuna puttanesca and penne

Canned or jarred tuna packed in oil is a brilliant and easy way to get protein into a dish. We like it this way, with pasta, olives, canned tomatoes, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Recipe: Try our Tuna Puttanesca & Penne

Three-Bean Chili

Three Bean Chili

Throw a buncha cans of beans in a pot with tomatoes, tomato paste, and whatever spices you've got on hand for this cozy, filling meal.

Recipe: Try our Three-Bean Chili

Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Soup

Frozen spinach and black-eyed peas let you eat the fresh stuff without leaving home. Opt for frozen chicken and canned carrots to turn this into an emergency-friendly dish. 

Rachael Ray's Vegetarian Meatballs with Red Sauce

Spicy Meatless Meatballs with Fire-Roasted Red Sauce
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

If you've got nuts and frozen riced cauliflower or broccoli, you can make meatless meatballs. Always keep a hearty selection of dried herbs and spices—these will help pack in the flavor (and they're good for your health, too!).

Vegetarian Chickpea & Lentil Chili

vegetarian chickpea and lentil chili

You can do a whole lot with a simple can of chickpeas. Keep a couple cans on hand, plus white beans, lentils, and canned tomatoes, to whip up this veggie chili. Trade in canned carrots for fresh ones, and add them toward the end so they don't get mushy. 

Tuna Puttanesca

tuna puttanesca

Seriously, canned fish will do wonders for you in an emergency. Mix it with canned tomatoes, olives, and whatever pasta you have on hand for a fancy meal you'd never know came entirely from a shelf. 

Recipe: Try our Tuna Puttanesca

Tahini Peanut Noodles

Tahini-Peanut Noodles
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

The only fresh stuff in this noddle dish are the veggies on top. Use up the ones you're trying to get rid of, or swap them out with defrosted frozen veggies or even canned ones. 

Recipe: Try our Tahini Peanut Noodles

Chili Chicken & Vegetable Soup

chili chicken and vegetable soup

This recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, but you can definitely cook and shred frozen chicken instead. Mix it with frozen corn and frozen green beens, plus onion and potatoes (both of which last quite a while) for a hearty soup. 

Cauliflower Toss-Up

cauliflower toss-up

Cauliflower wins again, this time when it's thawed from frozen and topped with pine nuts for a quick, delicious side or main. 

Recipe: Try our Cauliflower Toss-Up

Ancho-Black Bean Chili

Ancho-Black Bean Chili

The ever-faithful black bean combines with dried chiles, tomato paste, raisins, and plenty of spices to make this filling dish. You'll have to skip the avocado cream if you can't leave home, but take heart in the fact that there's a cup of beer in the mix. 

Recipe: Try our Ancho-Black Bean Chili