It’s 4:00 p.m. and you don’t have a dinner plan, so you swing by the grocery store on the way home, load up what’s fresh, what looks good and what’s easy—even when you have a mini grocery store stocked in your pantry at home. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.
The trouble is that without a plan, a lot of those in-the-moment purchases end up half-used or forgotten and then in the trash, contributing to America’s food waste situation. So before you hit the grocery store for ideas and ingredients, consider what’s in your pantry. If you have one of these eight staple ingredients, we’re betting you can skip that trip and make dinner with what’s on hand.
Pasta is the ultimate throw-together dinner. There are endless possibilities when combining shape, sauce and add-ins like proteins, vegetables and cheese. Riff based on what’s in your fridge, or try one of our 16 Irresistible Pasta Dinners. If you’re looking for a rotation-worthy dinner, we recommend the One-Pot Sausage Meatballs with Creamy Tomato Penne for a spiffed-up but simple spin on a classic.
Canned tuna is a lot more versatile than it gets credit for being. And comforting! From this 25-minute Tuna Noodle Casserole to classic tuna melts, it can feel like a warm hug at the end of a long day. Don’t miss our Top 10 Canned Tuna Dinners that come together in a snap.