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14 Legitimately Easy Dinners Made With Pantry Staples

For those nights when you just can't deal.

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Sometimes all you want to do is make a quick, comforting dinner — but you literally have nothing to cook and zero motivation. This is where pantry staples save the day.

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They're the quick, cheap, and (often) non-perishable goods you can keep on hand: like pasta, grains, beans, anything canned. Stock up on them and mix and match to create simple meals without having to go shopping.

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For times like those, here are 14 ridiculously simple recipes made (almost) entirely with kitchen staples:

1. Five-Ingredient Pasta con Ceci (Pasta With Chickpeas)

This comforting pasta only takes five ingredients to make: pasta, garlic, chickpeas, tomato paste, and olive oil — that's it! Get the recipe here.

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2. Three-Ingredient Black Bean Soup

A can of black beans, a can of tomatoes, and some chicken or veggie broth is all you need to make this comforting soup. Get the recipe here.

3. Smashed White Bean and Avocado Sandwich

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If you've got an avocado, a can of beans, and some bread, you can probably make a variation of this sandwich. Get the recipe here.

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4. Sesame Noodles With Wilted Greens

Toasted sesame oil gives these noodles a strong savory flavor, but plain sesame oil would work just fine. Get the recipe here.

5. Black Bean Chili

You'll need an onion and some garlic to make this savory soup — the rest is all pantry staples. And with instructions for stove top, slow cooker, and Instant Pot variations, you can pick a recipe that works for your schedule. Get the recipe here.

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6. Cacio e Pepe

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The easiest four-ingredient dinner — made with only pasta, butter, pepper, and cheese. Get the recipe here.

7. Chickpea Tikka Masala

All the flavor you love from the classic — minus the meat. Get the recipe here.

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8. Pasta Pomodoro

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This beautiful sauce comes together with just six ingredients and is perfect over pasta — and feel free to substitute fresh basil for a few pinches of the dried stuff. Get the recipe here.

9. Pasta Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is the ultimate weeknight dinner. Just mix up some eggs, cheese, and cream, then mix with hot pasta so it cooks and gets nice and creamy. And if you're feeling fancy, garnish with fresh or frozen peas. Get the recipe here.

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10. Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

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This soups is not only deilcious, but super flexible. Don't have collard greens?

Use kale, spinach, or leave it out entirely. Don't have curry powder? Spice it up with whatever your heart desires. Get the recipe here.

11. Stewy White Beans

This recipe calls for soaking dried beans, but feel free to use canned to turn this decadent recipe into a simple weeknight staple. Get the recipe here.

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12. Golden Coconut Lentil Soup

You'll need some carrots, ginger, garlic, and onions to make this golden bowl of soup — but everything else you probably already have in your pantry (minus the optional toppings). Get the recipe here.

13. Brown Fried Rice

Feel free to add some meat to this simple fried rice — or keep it veg! Get the recipe here.

14. Bacon and Egg Ramen

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With just five ingredients you can transform instant ramen into a legit dinner. Get the recipe here.

Let's get cooking!

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These meals will make your weeknights way simpler. (And tastier!)

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