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Pantry-Friendly Dinners Ready In 45 Minutes or Less

Stock your pantry with a few simple ingredients, and you'll have a head start on these quick-and-easy, satisfying meals! They're perfect for even the busiest weeknights. Keep spaghetti sauces, noodles, potatoes, cans of tuna, salmon, beans, and soups in the cupboard and simple, healthy dinners are yours! Here are some of our favorite pantry-friendly dinners that are on the table in less than an hour!

1. Simple Beef Stroganoff

Pantry Items: Egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup
Ready in 30 minutes! "This is a very simple and quick beef stroganoff that can be made after a busy day at work," says Brenda. "It uses ground beef and mushroom soup!"

Simple Beef Stroganoff

Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

2. Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

Pantry Items: Canned salmon, Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
"A quick, delicious, and nutritious way of serving up canned salmon," says MELDS. "You can enjoy this with or without the dressing, in a hamburger bun, or with a salad."

Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

Photo by Angela F.

3. Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta

Pantry Items: Diced tomatoes, pasta, olive oil
Ready in about 20 minutes! "So easy and so delicious!" says MariyaC. "The whole family keeps asking for more. Each time, I've followed the recipe 'as is' but added baby shrimp to the saute mix. The results never cease to amaze!"

Photo by CookinBug

4. Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Pantry Items: Canned black beans, onions, dried bread crumbs
Ready in about 35 minutes. "You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again," says LAURENMU. "These are so easy, and you'll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight."

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Photo by Gord Linder

5. Easy Tuna Casserole

Pantry Items: Canned tuna, cream of chicken soup, French fried onions, macaroni
"Tuna, macaroni, creamy soup, cheese and fried onions are all you need to make this super easy tuna casserole," says LMCDEVIT. "It's great as leftovers, too."

Easy Tuna Casserole

Photo by Melissa Goff

6. Baked Italian Chicken Thighs

Pantry Items: Spaghetti sauce, olive oil
"These juicy chicken thighs are topped with a flavorful blend of three cheeses and your favorite marinara sauce," says France C. "Serve over pasta or rice or alongside roasted potatoes for a tasty weeknight meal. I like to shred my own cheese, as I find it melts better, but feel free to use pre-shredded to save time."

Baked Italian Chicken Thighs

Photo by France C

7. Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Pantry Items: Spaghetti, cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups
"It is easy to prepare and everyone I have made it for really likes it!" says Daniella Stevens. "I like to cook my chicken ahead of time and freeze it, so that it is even quicker to make when I'm ready)."

Chicken Noodle Casserole with Peas

Photo by Getty Images

8. Quick Chicken Divan

Pantry Items: Cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups, frozen broccoli
Ready in about 45 minutes! "My family loves this recipe," says Shannon Fountain. "My kids love it because the broccoli is 'hidden' under all the chicken and cheese! This is an excellent way to use up leftovers."

Quick Chicken Divan

Photo by Tara

9. Jeanie's Falafel

Pantry Items: Canned garbanzo beans, onions, dried bread crumbs
Ready in about 30 minutes! "This is a tasty dense falafel that contains no eggs," says JeanieMomof3. "Serve on pitas with tzatziki or tahini sauce with lettuce and tomato."

Jeanie's Falafel

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

10. Red Lentil Curry

Pantry Items: Lentils, curry paste, tomato puree, onions
Ready in about 40 minutes! "This is a rich and hearty lentil curry, great as a main meal rather than as a side dish like the more traditional Indian dhal," says Emma Maher. "This really is an easy dish to make. This dish is great served with basmati rice."

Red Lentil Curry

Photo by Lea Eats

11. Lori's Beef and Spaghetti Macaroni

Pantry Items: Spaghetti sauce, macaroni, onions
Ready in about 30 minutes! "This recipe was right up my alley!" raves Kelli. "Quick and easy to make plus my family LOVED it!"

Lori's Beef and Spaghetti Macaroni

Photo by RheaMaeJ

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