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10 Quick Dinners That Use Ingredients You Probably Have on Hand

You know the feeling -- you get home late from work, and you're tired and just plain hangry. We're here to help! Here are 10 quick dinner ideas that you can whip up in 40 minutes or less with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. So relax, pour yourself a glass of wine, and start cooking.


1. Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Pasta, salt, pepper, olive oil, and some cheese! If you've got these ingredients, you can whip up this fancy-sounding dish in 20 minutes.


Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Black Bean Chili

Enjoy a big bowl of this hearty bean chili with some tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheese. We won't judge you for eating tortilla chips while it cooks.


Black Bean Chili

Photo by Cristi

3. Pita Pizza

If you've got pita bread in the freezer, you can make pizza! Top with some tomato sauce, cheese, and some vegetables for a quick, tasty meal.

4. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Rave Review: "Delicious and easy, how could you ask for anything more?! I had made this several times before and I always seem to forget to rate it (and make it often). It is the perfect pasta dish if you want something fast, easy and tasty." — korilynne


Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon | Photo by amy guerra

5. Ten Minute Szechuan Chicken

If you are lucky enough to have chicken in the fridge, this recipe is quick and easy. There are no fancy ingredients and it tastes better than take out - and it's cheaper, too!


Ten Minute Szechuan Chicken. Photo by Holiday Baker

Photo by Holiday Baker

6. Lasagna Flatbread

If you haven't got ricotta, you can use cream cheese instead for this quick and tasty flatbread, that tastes just like lasagna.


Lasagna Flatbread

Photo by lutzflcat

7. Yummy Veggie Omelet

Eggs, melted cheese, and some fresh vegetables. This quick and easy omelet is the perfect meal for those times when you are hungry and need some protein right away.


Yummy Veggie Omelet. Photo by Sherri

Photo by Sherri

8. Potato and Corn Soup

All you need is a can of corn, potatoes, stock, and onion. In a mere twenty minutes you'll have this delicious and nourishing soup.


Potatoes and Corn Soup. Photo by Baking Nana

Photo by Baking Nana

9. Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Cream cheese, black beans, onions, and some seasonings are all you need to make these delicious burritos.

10. Easy Tuna Patties

When you have a can of tuna, anything is possible! Serve these crispy tuna patties with a salad or whatever fresh veggies you have lying around.

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at