Top Pantry Picks

Created December 8, 2016
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Pillsbury Classic & Artisan pizza crust packaging

Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is great for pizzas (and the topping options are endless), but the many other uses for this pantry staple are the reason we keep it stocked.

Stuffed Crust Pizza Snacks
Peanut Butter and Banana Bundles
Asiago, Cheese and Onion Braid
Easy Taco Bake
Breakfast Calzones

Muir Glen diced tomatoes and tomato sauce cans

Canned Tomatoes

Whether you say to-may-to or ta-mah-to, there’s one thing that can be agreed on: canned tomatoes are a pantry superstar. Buy them diced and save even more prep time.

Sausage with White Beans and Rosemary
Tomato-Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Smoky Mac ‘n Cheese
Chicken Asparagus Pizza Poppers
Spicy Unstuffed Peppers Casserole

varieties of penne pasta


Versatile, filling and oh-so-easy. It’s no wonder our cupboards are packed with pasta in many shapes, sizes and colors.

Beef and Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups
Creamy Asparagus-Chicken Bow-Ties
Tomato-Basil Turkey Casserole
Creamy Parmesan Chicken Penne
Tuna Twist Pasta Salad

Hamburger Helper packaging - Supreme Cheese Pizza

Hamburger Helper®

Who doesn’t like a handy shortcut? These recipes get a flavor jumpstart from Hamburger Helper to make meals that definitely aren’t your typical skillet dinner.

Lemon Chicken Stroganoff
Garden Patch Minestrone
Crunchy Taco Burritos
Three Cheese-Sausage Lasagna
Italian Sausage and Green Beans

grilled chicken, thick-sliced


With chicken in the fridge, you can offer your family a protein punch in short order. Make it indulgent with a cream sauce and pasta, or think healthy thoughts with veggies and couscous. Dinner’s delish no matter how you spin it.

Chicken Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream
Savory Crescent Chicken Squares
Quick 'n Crunchy Potato Chip Chicken
Roasted Garlic Chicken Penne
Salsa Couscous Chicken

Cans of Progresso soup - Vegetable Classics - Lentil and Hearty Black Bean


Beans are an easy go-to when the rest of the kitchen is bare. These recipes dress them up so that dinner tastes like anything but a clean-out-the-pantry meal.

Chicken and Black Bean Tostizzas
Italian Sausage-Kale Soup
Barbecue Black Bean Chili
Caribbean Black Bean Pizza
Slow Cooker Barbecued Beans

Old El Paso brand Taco Dinner Kit

Taco Shells

Tacos are the ultimate easy meal, which is why shells always make it onto our shopping list. These top taco picks include ones that use up those shells that inevitably crack and even a dessert version!

Sloppy Joe Confetti Tacos
Scoop Tacos
Turtle Brownie Dessert Tacos
Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos
Cheesy Egg Breakfast Tacos

Progresso Italian style bread crumbs packaging

Bread Crumbs

Tiny but impactful, this pantry hero comes in handy, adding a little crunch to chicken, side dishes and more.

Chicken Strips Italiano
Cheese-Stuffed Mini Meatloves
Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin
Crispy Chicken with Fresh Herbs
Cauliflower and Carrot Gratin

Cheerios cereal box


Cereal and milk is a classic combo. But this pantry powerhouse can do so much more! Try it with yogurt, baked into a bar or as a crunchy coating for frozen bananas.

Strawberry-Chocolate Cheerios Parfaits
Banana-Cinnamon Snack Mix
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Cheerios Frozen Bananas
Banana Nut Cheerios Energy Bars

Progresso beef and chicken broth packaging


Broth’s an instant way to add mega flavor to nearly any recipe. Go ahead and splurge on the resealable container, which makes it easier to splash on leftovers before reheating to keep them moist.

Chicken Fettuccine Casserole
Vegetarian Black and White Bean Chili
Chicken and Blue Cheese Bundles
Baked Vegetable Risotto
Heartland-Style Smothered Steak