10 Kitchen Pantry Essentials
Keep these ten pantry items in good stock and no matter how empty the fridge gets, you’ll be able to throw a meal together at a moment’s notice.
1. Dried Pasta
Most packaged varieties take 10 minutes or less to cook, so a pasta dish topped with homemade tomato sauce can be ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes! Stock up on a variety of pasta types including tubular shapes like rigatoni, short-cut varieties such as fusilli and elbow macaroni, and long noodles such as linguine and angel hair pasta.
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This “healthy fat” is wonderful for everyday cooking. Extra virgin olive oil is a great substitute for butter or margarine. Use it also for sautéing onions and garlic, drizzling over salads, add it to a bruschetta mixture, and more.
4. Chicken Broth
Stock up on stock! The base of any quick and easy soup, sauce or gravy is ready-made broth. Non-meat eaters can opt for the vegetarian version for an equivalent alternative.
5. Canned Tomatoes
Whole, crushed or diced-stock up on all different types of tomatoes to use in everything from stews and soups to a homemade salsa. With a can of tomatoes, you can also make a quick and easy homemade pasta sauce by heating it on the stove and adding salt, fresh garlic, spices, onions and your favourite vegetables.
7. Red Kidney Beans
Whether you prefer the dried or the canned variety, these beans are an excellent source of fibre and protein. Use them to make your favourite chillis and stews.
8. Canned Tuna
From sandwiches to casseroles, canned tuna is the ingredient to reach for to make a variety of healthy and dazzling meals. Best of all, tuna is high in protein and low in fat.