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50 Pantry-Friendly Recipes & Substitutions That Work

50 vegetarian pantry recipes

There’s a lot going on right now, and we’ll get through it together. I asked on Instagram what kind of content you’d like to see as we stay home to flatten the curve. Many of you requested flexible pantry-friendly recipes. You’ll find a large selection below, and I’m working on more to share soon.

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find guidance on common substitutions. Now is a good time to flex our creative powers in the kitchen and make the most of what we have. It’s also a great time to take on new cooking techniques, like homemade pasta or ricotta!

I created a printable pantry ingredient checklist. You can access it any time at Use it to review your pantry setup for what may or may not be missing. You can then keep your list near your computer when you’re reviewing recipes to make. I hope it’s helpful.

This pantry resource is organized into sections:

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Try typing an ingredient into the search bar (it’s underneath the logo at the top of each page) or peruse my ingredient index.

Soups & Stews

best lentil soup recipe

All of these soups make great leftovers (up to five days) and freeze well for later. The only soups that might not freeze well are those that are full of cheese, milk or cream—none of these are. Sometimes, soups with pasta soak up more liquid as they rest or reheat, but I have not had significant issues with this when I use quality pasta (look for labels that indicate the pasta was processed on bronze dies).

If you’re out of fresh greens or the suggested garnishes, don’t worry. These soups will still be great without them.

View all soup recipes here.
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