It’s amazing the amount of great dishes you can conjure up from your pantry, without needing access to fresh ingredients. Hopefully you’ll have a few essentials in your freezer too. You’ll be surprised at how simple it can be to create really great food from everyday items. These are our best recipes you can make from pantry essentials.




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Swap out fresh cream in a potato bake with a can of condensed mushroom soup thinned with the same quantity of milk (from powder then reconstituted if you need to). Chop up some canned ham or flake some tuna, then layer it with thinly sliced canned potatoes, pouring the soup over each layer. If you have any fresh herbs, add those too. Bake in a hot oven until browned and bubbling.




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This may be a traditional student standby but it’s perfect for a quick dinner. Sweat down onions – remember, you can find them frozen if needs be – then add canned tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, dried oregano or dried mixed herbs. Season well with salt and pepper. Simmer gently until the sauce has thickened. If you want more protein, add cooked lentils or re-hydrated ground soybeans. Serve it with any dried pasta you have in the cupboard.




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Even if you don’t have fresh potatoes, you can use peeled potatoes from a can and whip up a hash. Fry chopped potatoes with corned beef and onions until you have a crisp texture. Then add just enough tomato ketchup or passata to coat everything, a good slug of Worcestershire sauce and 1tbsp grain, Dijon or English mustard. Pop it under the grill until crisp. Serve with extra tomato ketchup on the side.




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It’s quite a challenge to make a tasty stir-fry without fresh meat, fish or fresh vegetables. But we’ve hit on a winner. Try combining tofu with canned beansprouts and cashew nuts. Add a few teaspoons of toasted sesame oil just before serving with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. You could incorporate some thawed, frozen peas or broad beans too.




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You’ll need just three ingredients for this comforting dinner: spaghetti, yeast extract spread (like Marmite) and butter or oil. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter or oil with yeast extract spread. Then add the cooked pasta with some pasta water to the buttery, tangy mixture, and coat. Serve immediately, with some Parmesan if you like.




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Make the most of the canned beans in your cupboard by making up a salad with the beans, tuna and a sharp, mustardy vinaigrette – a perfectly healthy and filling lunch. Whisk together 1tbsp Dijon mustard with 2tbsp red wine or white wine vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive or sunflower oil until you have a thick dressing, around 6tbsp oil. Season well. If you have any sliced onions to add, even better. You could mix in some pitted olives, chopped pickles and capers too.




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A can of sardines makes a great sauce for pasta. Once your onions are soft, add a drained can of sardines and cook them gently until they break up and melt, before adding a can of chopped tomatoes. You could also add a couple of anchovies to the sardines. Or try it with wedges of polenta. Cook the polenta with vegetable or chicken stock, spread onto a baking tray to cool, then slice and fry in oil.




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There’s a wide variety of combinations you can create for a burrito, even from the pantry. Mix drained tuna with sweetcorn, black beans and kidney beans. Add a flavorsome kick with some sriracha sauce or chili sauce. You could also mix in thawed sliced onions from the freezer. Before rolling, spread a little mayonnaise on the wraps.




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