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The $1 Aldi Grocery I’ll Stock in My Pantry Forever

published Feb 23, 2024
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Aldi shoppers like me know that a smaller grocery budget does not mean settling for lower quality. If you’re taking control of your household budget, try making Aldi your first stop for groceries. Aldi is a quirky discount grocer that has earned a reputation for selling essential ingredients and fun-to-try foods — all at affordable prices. 

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I’m loyal to certain brands (many of which top our annual Kitchn Essentials Grocery list), but the more I shop at Aldi, the more I’ve come to love many of its private-label products. I’ve discovered this to be true all over the store, and especially in the aisle with loads of baking and cooking staples — that’s where I found my go-to garlic powder and olive oil, and the spicy red pepper flakes that I use (almost) every day.

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What’s So Great About Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper?

I’m not going to bury the lede: A jar of Stonemill crushed red pepper costs just 79 cents for a 1.5-ounce jar. The same size jar costs three to five times more at other grocery stores. 

Crushed red pepper (sometimes called

red pepper flakes

What’s the Best Way to Use Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper?

The first thing I always do with crushed red pepper is sprinkle it over pizza — whether I’m making it from scratch or picking up a take-and-bake pie at, yes, Aldi. 

You can also use the spice for much more than a finishing flourish. Infuse oil with red pepper flakes in this five-ingredient tomato paste pantry pasta or this one-pot lemon shrimp pasta. Crushed red pepper is also what gives the classic arrabbiata sauce and North Carolina BBQ sauce their spice, while turning up the heat on green vegetables like Swiss chard and simple sautéed broccoli

Find it in stores: Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper, $0.79 for 1.5 ounces

What Aldi groceries do you always have stocked in your pantry? Tell us about it in the comments below.