Simple Meals To Make With Pantry Staples

March 16, 2020

30 Minute Meals

By: Chris Petrellese 

We know it’s a scary time for everyone around the world. During these uncertain times, we know how important it is to have simple meals that not only taste great, but are also, simple to prepare. Today we are rounding up our favorite minimal-ingredient recipes, that can be made in minutes, with items you most-likely have in your fridge or pantry right now.

One-Pot Minestrone Soup (30-Minutes)

Learn how to make this hearty and delicious one-pot minestrone soup with ease in just 30 minutes!

one-pot minestrone soup in large pot styled and taken from overhead

4-Ingredient No Knead Bread

There’s nothing better than fresh baked bread, especially when it requires just 4-ingredients, no kneading and no starter. Learn how to make this easy artisan bread at home in no time!

fresh no knead bread in a dutch oven by sweet simple vegan

One Pot Taco Pasta (7-Ingredients)

Get ready for an easy one-pot weeknight dinner that requires just 7-ingredients and less than $5 to make! This taco pasta is the perfect meal for when you don’t have time to cook or don’t know what to make. It’s simple, satisfying, and won’t break the bank!

A bowl of taco pasta with a lime and tortilla strips

One Pot 5-Ingredient Hummus Pasta

This hummus pasta is the perfect lazy meal that is ready in about 15-minutes! It requires just one pot + 5 simple ingredients, and the result is pure magic! Who knew that throwing just a handful of ingredients together could create such an epically delicious flavor combination?

overhead image of big bowl of hummus past on styled gray background

One Pot Vegan Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger Pasta)

Hamburger Helper has never tasted so good! This homemade, vegan version is full-of-flavor, hearty, and down-right delicious. It’s simple to make and requires just one pot and about 30 minutes!

A close up shot of homemade hamburger helper in a cast iron skillet on a wooden backdrop with parsley on top by sweet simple vegan

Easy $5 Vegetable Ramen (Oil-free)

This vegetable ramen is not only healthy and easy to make, but it also can be put together for under $5 per recipe. It is the perfect budget-friendly lunch or dinner!

close up image of vegetable ramen

Easy Vegan Tortilla Soup (Gluten-free + 30 Minutes)

We are here to warm you up with this easy vegan tortilla soup recipe! It’s flavor-packed, budget-friendly, and ready in less than 30 minutes! You can feed your whole family for less than $5, talk about a bargain.

A bowl of vegan tortilla soup with garnishes

Vegan Street Corn Pasta Salad (Ready in 15-minutes)

Now that barbecue season is in full effect, I thought it would be appropriate to share this Mexican street corn inspired pasta salad recipe. It’s extremely simple to make and can be ready in less than 15 minutes. All of the ingredients are also very affordable so you can whip up a large batch of this to share with all of your friends and family at your next summer BBQ or picnic.

Overhead image of Vegan Street Corn Pasta Salad in large bowl

Hearty Rice Cooker Pasta w/ Lentils

Get ready for an easy, hearty, and vegan protein-packed meal that you can put together in just 30 minutes! This Rice Cooker Pasta w/ Lentils is definitely going to change the game– who knew that you could make pasta in the rice cooker?!

Vegan Spanish Rice and Beans

Today we are sharing with you an easy vegan rice cooker meal that you can have ready in just 35 minutes, including prep time! Our Vegan Spanish Rice and Beans is guaranteed to hit the spot

This vegan Spanish rice and beans make for an easy & healthy rice cooker meal! #ricecooker #easy #healthy #lazy #spanishrice #onepot #budgetfriendly #oilfree #vegan

5-Minute Creamy Lentil Hummus

Learn how to make the CREAMIEST lentil hummus with just 6 simple ingredients and 5 minutes of your time!

action shot 5 minute lentil hummus by sweet simple vegan

One-Pot Vegetable Noodle Soup

A hearty vegetable noodle soup that is loaded with veggies, full of flavor, and made in a one pot! It’s perfect for cold winter days and can be made in a large batch to enjoy throughout the week.

Close up over head image of one pot vegetable noodle soup with wooden spoon scooping

One-Pot Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese​ Sauce

This one-pot lentil and mushroom bolognese is a plant-based twist on a classic Italian recipe. It’s easy to make, requires just 30 minutes, and is absolutely delicious.

overhead image of lentil and mushroom bolognese in a pot with a wooden spoon

Easy Vegan Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Loaded with homemade tofu ricotta and spinach, and topped with vegan cheese and homemade marinara sauce, these Vegan Stuffed Shells are a holiday entree that everyone is going to love.

a close up photo of stuffed shells with spoon

Easy Avocado Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes (Oil-Free Option)

A rich and creamy vegan avocado pesto sauce poured over pasta and sun-dried tomatoes. This recipe is easy, requires 9 simple ingredients and will be ready in about 20 minutes. It’s perfect for dinner date nights at home or for a lunch on the go!

Avocado Pesto Pasta with Garlic Bread

Vegan Miso Soup (5-Ingredients + 15 Minutes)

Learn how to make vegan miso soup at home with just 5 simple ingredients and 15 minutes. It’s packed with flavor and the perfect addition to a cozy dinner at home.

Miso soup with tofu in white bowls, vegan, close up

Classic Vegan French Crepes (Easy + 5-Ingredients)

Classic French crepes, made vegan! Learn how to make this easy crepe recipe with just 5 simple ingredients, no special tools required. These are perfect for any meal of the day and can be served sweet or savory!

Vegan French Crepes topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fresh fruit and powdered sugar. Sweet Simple Vegan Blog

Creamy White Bean Pasta (Vegan + 5-Ingredients)

A simple and delicious Creamy White Bean Pasta made with just five ingredients. A velvety, garlicky, easy peasy entree ready in as little as 15 minutes.

5-ingredient creamy white bean pasta in a bowl close up with tomatoes on top by sweet simple vegan

Easy 5-Ingredient Veggie Burgers

Easy and delicious veggie burgers crafted with just 5 simple ingredients. They’re effortless to prepare and cook in only 30 minutes!

Close up shot of a 5 ingredient veggie burger by sweet simple vegan

Easy Lemongrass Tofu (8-Ingredients + 20 Minutes)

This easy lemongrass tofu requires 8 simple ingredients and will be ready in about 20 minutes. It is jam packed with flavor and is the perfect addition to weekly meal prep or Buddha bowls!

Lemongrass tofu in buddha bowls with steamed vegetables and fried rice

Vegan Filipino Garlic Fried Rice aka Sinangag (3-Ingredients)

This vegan filipino garlic fried rice is easy to make, requires just 3-ingredients and is the perfect way to bring your day-old rice back to life.

Vegan filipino garlic fried rice in a bowl with green onions and garlic on the side

Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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