food staples on a cutting board


Have you ever been at a friend’s house and they managed to whip up a dinner with little time and effort AND with whatever they happened to have on hand? Chances are they have a well-stocked pantry that puts them in a position of cooking success. Did you know that there are a handful of must have, go to, ingredients that every top notch chef keeps on hand? Well, now you do! I have put together a list of 18 supremely essential pantry items that will keep you prepped, and ready for quick go to meal action.

1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2. Balsamic Vinegar

3. Red Wine Vinegar

4. Variety of Spices

5. Salt & Pepper

6. Chicken or Veggie Stock

7. Marinara Sauce

8. Rice

9. Pasta

10. Couscous

11. Potatoes

12. Sugar

13. Flour

14. Garlic & Onions

15. Canned Tomatoes

16. Canned Tomato Paste

17. Variety of Canned Beans

18. Canned Tuna Fish