Put Down the Takeout Menu: 75+ Pantry Dinner Recipes for a Busy Week

updated May 2, 2019
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It’s easy to make appealing and satisfying dinners from a refrigerator full of fresh produce and proteins. It takes a real magician to turn out a good meal on a night when the fridge and cupboards are bare of everything but a few staples. Every cook should have a handful of emergency pantry meals in her arsenal — and here are over 75 more.

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Everyone has different staple ingredients — I can’t imagine my fridge without eggs and lemons or my pantry without onions, for example — so not all of these recipes will be a true no-shop pantry meal for every cook. But hopefully you’ll find a few more last-ditch dinners to add to your weeknight rotation.

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What are your favorite pantry dinners for busy nights?

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