Ever feel like you go to the store and buy stuff only to come home and still have no idea what to make? Here are my basic pantry items that allow me to cook on the fly.
This won’t cover special meals and it certainly doesn’t mean you’ll be able to cook or bake every dish you might want. Instead it provides a way to make your way through nearly every recipe and make adjustments or substitutions during cooking. Further, you can scramble together a meal with nothing else in the house.
Full disclosure, I was trying to make a list of 20 items, but I kept adding. In truth, there are probably 50 things and I’m just forgetting a few.
With this list you can make pastas, stir fry, sheet pan dishes, soups, stews, casseroles, pizza, breads, quick breads, and biscuits.
Here is the list of products I keep on hand at all times:
Onions or green onions
Broccoli or zucchini (any seasonal vegetable too)
Fresh fruit (whatever is in season)
Fresh herbs (I usually keep cilantro)
Parmesan cheese wedge
Juiced and zested lemon
Frozen herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil)
Ground beef or turkey
Plain tomato sauce