Stock Your Pantry With This Essential List

Once you have these basics on hand, whipping up fast, inexpensive meals is a breeze. Check your pantry today, use any older items and fill in gaps the next time you're at the supermarket. Or better yet - check circulars to see if you can score things on sale.

Bookmark this page, or print this shopping list so your pantry is always fully stocked: Essential Pantry Checklist

Canned Goods:

Artichokes

Beans: white, kidney, black and chickpeas

Low-sodium chicken broth

Pickled jalapenos

Tomatoes: diced, whole

Tomato sauce

Jarred and Bottled Items:

Barbecue sauce

Capers

Honey

Hot sauce

Jam

Ketchup

Mustard: Dijon and yellow

Oil: olive and vegetable

Olives

Peanut butter

Salsa

Vinegar: balsamic, cider, red wine and white

Bagged and Boxed Items:

Baked tortilla chips

Chocolate chips

Couscous

Flour

Nuts

Instant brown rice

Panko or breadcrumbs

Pasta

Quick-cooking polenta

Sugar: granulated, light and dark brown, and confectioner's

Whole-wheat bread

Herbs and spices:

Bay leaves

Cayenne

Chili powder

Cinnamon

Cumin

Curry powder

Garlic powder

Ground ginger

Oregano

Paprika

Pepper

Red pepper flakes

Thyme

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