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Easy Pantry Recipes to Fill Your Freezer


Feed the whole family with this collection of easy recipes that can be made using common pantry and fridge items and frozen foods. They are budget friendly, suitable for all ages and able to be stored ahead of time in the freezer.

Currently, some food items are hard to come by. If you are struggling to get to the shops or can’t find your regular weekly ingredients, this recipe collection will help you stock up with delicious meals with what you have already got. These easy recipes use ingredients that you will most likely have available in your fridge, freezer or pantry at home. And most can be adapted with simple swaps to suit what you have on hand.

Try these easy ‘home cooks’ pantry recipes to stock your freezer. Here’s what you’ll find below;

  • 15 complete dinner and snack recipes that will mostly feed a large family (or provide leftovers!)

  • Recipes using common, basic pantry staples. With easy substitution ideas.

  • Freezer friendly recipes. Easy pantry recipes which can be made ahead and used to stock up your freezer. Simply allow the recipes to cool completely and store them in labelled and dated airtight containers.

  • Long shelf life ingredients. Transform canned foods like tomatoes, creamed corn, beans and pantry staples like flour, rice and pasta into delicious meals that the whole family will love!

Try these easy pantry recipes and get your freezer stocked in no time!

Vegetarian Chilli Recipe (Easy, Homemade)
This bright and flavourful vegetarian chilli recipe is packed full of nutritious vegetables, beans and spices for a meat-free take on a classic favourite. This healthy, hearty,irresistible chilli is made with easy pantry staples and is seriously the BEST!
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Pantry items used: Canned tomatoes, black beans, chickpeas, passata, garlic and onions and pantry spices.
Substitutions: Any canned beans can be used, depending on what is in your pantry. Try using a can or pack of lentils instead for a meatier texture. The vegetables in this recipe can be adapted to suit what you have available. And garlic powder or a jar of garlic can be used instead of fresh.

Mexican Soup with Chicken (Healthy Comfort Food!)
Try this comforting Mexican Soup with Chicken for your next meal! Loaded with chicken, black beans, vegetables and your favourite Mexican flavours, this healthy, bright and zingy soup is completely and utterly delicious and makes an easy meal that the whole family will love!
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Pantry items used: Chicken stock, frozen or canned corn kernels, black beans, canned tomato, tomato paste and pantry spices.
Substitutions: Swap chicken breast for a cooked bbq chicken. (Just add it at the end instead of cooking with the soup). Or, leave it out entirely for a vegetarian option. Use any canned beans you have and if you don’t have canned tomatoes, use extra tomato paste or passata.

Homemade Fried Rice with Prawns
Better than takeaway, this restaurant style fried rice recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make and it is adaptable to suit your favourite add ins! Chinese style fried rice with prawns and egg is the perfect throw together recipe using common, basic pantry items. Try it for an easy dinner or as part of an Asian inspired feast!

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Pantry and freezer items used: Rice, pantry spices, garlic, ginger, onions, frozen prawns, frozen peas and corn, bacon, basic pantry sauces (soy sauce, fish sauce), chicken stock.
Substitutions: Add whichever vegetables you have available. Easily swap protein for what you have in your freezer. Try adding chicken thigh, bbq pork, tofu or shredded ham.

Corn Fritters with Feta
Soft in the middle with slightly crispy, buttery edges, these corn fritters with creamed corn are fast, easy to make and use simple pantry staples! Bursts of sweet corn and salty feta balance perfectly to make these fritters ideal for dinners, a light vegetarian lunch or lunchbox filler that the whole family will love. But be sure to make a double batch, because they will disappear quickly!
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Pantry items used: Creamed corn, frozen or canned corn, flour.
Substitutions: Shredded tasty cheese can be used instead of feta cheese. If you don’t have self raising flour, use plain flour and add 2 tsp of baking powder.

Cheese and Vegemite scrolls
Try my easy to follow cheese and Vegemite scrolls recipe for a delicious lunch or after school snack! Made using a simple pizza dough recipe, cheese and Vegemite scrolls are affordable, easy to make and super delicious. They will also make your house smell incredible!
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Pantry items used: Flour, yeast, Vegemite.
Substitutions: Wholemeal flour or gluten free flour can be used in place of plain flour. Tomato paste can be used instead of Vegemite. If you don’t have Vegemite, try adding toppings like ham, salami, pineapple or whatever you have available.

Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe
Fast, simple family dinner – on the table in a snap! You are just 15 minutes away from this delicious, tomato pasta – made using fresh cherry tomatoes and familiar pantry staples. A creamy tomato pasta sauce recipe that makes the perfect midweek meal – one that your whole family will love!
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Pantry items used: canned tomatoes, tomato paste, pantry spices, garlic, dried pasta.
Substitutions: The cream cheese can be swapped for cream or evaporated milk. Fresh parmesan cheese is best, but the packaged version can work too. This sauce can be used over baked chicken or vegetables too, if no pasta is available.

Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetables
Why go out for chicken tikka masala with vegetables when you can make your own, easy version at home? This simple tikka masala recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes, in just one pan! With tender, golden pieces of chicken and a colourful, flavour packed curry sauce, simple pantry ingredients create an easy weeknight dinner that your whole family will love.
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Pantry items used: Pantry spices, canned tomatoes, rice.
Substitutions: The chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices, but a bbq chicken or plain chicken can be used instead. If canned tomatoes are not available, try passata or tomato paste with a little water.

Homemade Pizza and Topping Ideas
1000 times better (and faster!) than takeout. Make perfect pizzas at home in no time using a simple homemade dough and sauce recipe and these tasty pizza topping ideas that everyone will love!
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Pantry items used: Flour, yeast, tomato paste.
Substitutions: Try bread flour or wholemeal flour in the homemade pizza dough. Or if flour is low, try using pita bread, muffins, Turkish bread or even flour tortillas instead!

Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Forget takeaway! This recipe for chicken with cashew nuts is fast, simple and affordable- and it tastes just as good (if not better!) than your favourite takeaway. It makes a speedy and tasty weeknight dinner that the whole family will love.
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Pantry items used: basic pantry sauces (oyster sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce), chicken stock, cornflour, cashews, rice.
Substitutions: If you don’t have rice available, try serving with quinoa or any type of noodles (ramen, egg, rice).

Healthy Homemade Sausage Rolls
Try making your own healthy sausage rolls at home with this super easy recipe! These flaky, juicy and healthy homemade sausage rolls are an indisputable family favourite. Delicious and kid-friendly, they are perfect for everyday baking, party finger food, family dinners or as a special lunch box treat.
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Pantry and freezer items used: frozen pastry (freezer), pantry spices.
Substitutions: pork mince is generally easy to come by, but sausage mince, beef mince and chicken mince can also be used. Swap the veggies for what you have available.

Creamy Chicken Pie with Puff Pastry
Irresistible single serve pies topped with flaky, golden puff pastry and filled with tender chicken, bacon and mustard – this creamy chicken pie with puff pastry is pure comfort food! On the table in less than 15 minutes and super easy to make- with an irresistible filling that makes a twist on classic chicken pie that everyone will love!
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These pies are perfect to make ahead and fill your freezer with! They make a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea. Just pop the defrosted pies into the oven to re-heat.
Pantry and freezer items used: Puff pastry and frozen chicken, pantry spices, mustard, cornflour.
Substitutions: Add a bbq or shredded chicken to the cooked sauce instead of chicken breast, if required. Swap the ham for bacon, or leave it out entirely.

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
This baked spinach and ricotta cannelloni in tomato sauce makes a delicious family recipe. A classic pasta dish and a family favourite. Perfect for freezing in portions and eating for an easy lunch or dinner!
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Pantry and freezer items used: Cannelloni tubes, frozen spinach, pantry spices, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic.
Substitutions: If you can’t find cannelloni tubes, try stuffing large pasta shells instead, or place the filling inside puff or filo pastry and fold into parcels and bake!

Roast Pumpkin Soup
This roast pumpkin soup is a tasty and comforting meal idea, perfect for the whole family! A classic pumpkin soup recipe made with caramelised roasted vegetables and chicken stock, this delicious and healthy soup will keep you toasty warm in the cooler months. Top it with a swirl of cream or sour cream for the ultimate winter indulgence.
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Pantry items used: Chicken stock (or vegetable stock for a vegetarian option), pepitas and garlic.
Substitutions: With pumpkin as a base, add other favourite vegetables too. Powdered vegetable or chicken stock mixed with water can be used in place of liquid. Instead of cream, try sour cream, coconut milk, almond milk or powdered milk (mixed with water).

Oven Baked Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
For an incredible family dinner that everyone will love, try these herb-infused oven baked meatballs in a rich, garlicky red tomato sauce! Unbelievably tender and juicy, these meatballs are a total crowd pleaser. Covered with cheese and served with pearl cous cous, they make the perfect winter comfort meal.
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Pantry items used: Pearl couscous, garlic, passata, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, bread, chicken stock, pantry spices.
Substitutions: Beef mince can be swapped for lamb, chicken or pork (the flavours will change slightly). Couscous can be swapped for pasta, rice, quinoa or other grains. Add any veggies in to suit. Swap passata or canned tomatoes for a can of tomato soup if necessary.

Easy Homemade Salsa
This bright and flavour packed salsa is made using simple, healthy pantry ingredients and is perfect for snacking or to add to your favourite Mexican dinners.
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Pantry items used: Canned tomatoes, jalapenos (jarred or fresh), cumin, garlic, chilli, onions.
Substitutions: Use fresh tomatoes if canned are not available. Add your favourite spices and use dried chillies if fresh are not available.

Need some freezer friendly snack ideas too? Try these amazing freezer friendly lunchbox snacks!

If you try any of these easy pantry and freezer friendly recipes, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or review below, or send me a message. For more food inspiration, tips and to share your own recipes and creations, head over to my Facebook Recipe Group. 

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