Easy Recipes to Make When You Are in Quarantine, With Ingredients You Already Have in Your Pantry


By now pretty much every country is the world has entered a state of alarm and people have been asked or required by law to stay inside their homes. I have been inside my home for 9 days now, with only one short trip to the supermarket, to buy some fresh fruits and veggies.

Being in a lockdown and confined to stay inside your home is not easy and can become really boring, especially if you live alone. I mean, how many movies CAN you watch on Netflix? Raise your hand if you’re like me and already feel that you have seen them all. 😊

Cooking during the quarantine period shouldn’t be a burden though. For me, food is really important and having dinner is one of the joys of the day. I love to cook and now, that I have all the time in the world for it, I do it more often. I find cooking to be relaxing and creative.

So, what do we eat in quarantine? I imagine that most of you stocked up on pasta and rice, so I decided to put together this collection of easy recipes to make when you are in quarantine. With easy to find ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry and freezer, these recipes will get you excited for dinner too!

For easy desserts, check out this post.


Easy Pea Soup:


Make this rich and tasty Pea Soup using frozen peas! The creamy pea soup is ready in 15 minutes with just 4 simple ingredients. Every freezer must have peas inside and what a better way of using them than this very easy to make, warming soup.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Katherine from Veggie Desserts.


Pumpkin, Potato and Carrot Soup


An easy and low budget soup with pumpkin, potato and carrot that you can also freeze! It is a very healthy and tasty soup that will warm you up during rainy days.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Francine from Francine’s Place Blog.


Lentil Dahl


This Lentil Dahl recipe is one of the best nourishing dishes that you can eat all year long. It’s filling, creamy and full of flavor. Plus, it is vegan and easy to make!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Natalia from Nourish Plate.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


In just 5 minutes, these delicious, super-easy chicken tacos are in the crock-pot and cooking away! Serve ’em simply wrapped in tortillas … or add whatever toppings you happen to have on hand.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Shelley from Two Healthy Kitchens.


Easy Crockpot Chili


This super easy chili is full of delicious hearty flavor with just a little spice. The perfect chili for a chilly night.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Erica from Raspberries and kohlrabi 


Easy Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake


If you’re looking for a simple, easy-to-follow creamy tuna pasta bake recipe, this is the one! Absolutely easy, cheesy and loaded with veggies!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Andrea from The Petite Cook.


Tater Tot Casserole

tater tots

This tater tot casserole is delicious and and easy, plus kid friendly! With only 6 ingredients and very easy to make, this will soon become a favorite of the family.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Rachel from Rachel’s Crafted Life.


Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken


Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is an easy dinner to make when you need to de-stress. Throw the very few ingredients into your slow cooker, cook some rice, and dinner is done!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Alli from Dancing through the rain.


Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches


Tender, juicy, and full of flavor, this Italian beef is cooked in the Instant Pot for a quick and easy. Since it’s cooked in the pressure cooker, it’s easy to make and it’s a lot quicker than the slow cooker but just as tasty!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Jessica from Where’d my sanity go. 


Spaghetti With Garlic and Olive Oil

pasta with garlic

This humble and fragrant spaghetti with garlic and olive oil brings me back to my childhood. It’s a classic Italian pasta dish that requires a few cheap ingredients, little effort, and it’s ready in 10 minutes.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Katia from The Clever Meal.


Kidney Bean Stew – Lebanese Fasolia


A Lebanese red kidney bean stew which can be made using pantry ingredients.  Fasolia, an Arabic word for Kidney Bean can be made as a watery stew or thick as per my recipe.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Janelle from Plant Based Fork.


Sopa de Fideo


A savory Mexican Noodle Soup made with toasted noodles and a flavorful tomato-based broth. It’s easy to make, requires simple ingredients and it’s budget-friendly, too! The whole family will love this hearty and comforting meal!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Melissa from Vegan Huggs. 


Air Fryer Mac and Cheese


How to air fry mac and cheese so that it tastes better than any baked mac and cheese that you have ever tried. Using 3 main ingredients air fryer mac and cheese is a game changer and an addiction you will soon follow.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Samantha from Recipe This.


Baked Salsa Chicken


Baked Salsa Chicken combines chicken breasts flavored with taco seasoning, smothered with salsa and cheddar cheese and baked to perfection. Our salsa chicken recipe will quickly become a favorite weeknight recipe!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Gwynn from Swirls of Flavor.


Easy Vegan Fried Rice


This Vegan Fried Rice is a quick and easy dish made from just a few items you probably have in your pantry and freezer. Use your favorite vegetables to customize it to your liking.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Teresa from A Plantiful Path.


Grandma’s Goulash


Grandma’s Goulash is a comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Stacie from Simply Stacie.


Slow Cooked Beef and Pasta


I find that slow cooked beef and other foods made in the slow cooker are the easiest way for me to make dinner for my family without spending hours in the kitchen and making a huge mess.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by April from April Golightly.


Fried Cabbage and Potato


This Fried Cabbage and Potato is an easy comforting meal to make with only 2 ingredients. Your whole family will love it.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by  Oana from Allergy Yummy


Chicken Pesto Pasta

pesto chicken pasta

With only 3 ingredients, it’s ready to eat in less than 20 minutes – making it a kid AND mom favorite!

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Tonya from Snug and cozy life.


Easy Mexican Rice


This easy Mexican rice recipe has all the delicious ingredients like beans, rice, corn, bell peppers, lots of fresh cilantro and lime juice. Refreshing and flavorful it’s a must try one-pot meal.

Click here to see this delicious recipe supplied by Vandana from Green Bowl 2 Soul.



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  1. There is nothing more beautiful in this hard period than to test yourself in the kitchen and try recipes. You gave me a nice list I’ll put it down!

  2. Such a relevant article and so helpful. I’m definitely going to try making the pea soup I think. I would LOVE the mongolian chicken as well right now but I don’t think I have the ingredients for it.

  3. Oh bless you for this! I am all about easy meals, especially now. I will be making some of these for sure. I’m trying that mexican rice first!

  4. very scary for those that do not stock up…. I have always been a shopper primarily because of the work that I do that I stock up weekly and have all I need. Thank you for the great ideas believe we may just have tater tot casserole tonight thanks for sharing

  5. All those recipes look absolutely delicious and they are such great ideas as well! The chicken tacos are my favorite though! Thanks for all the great suggestions!

  6. Oh I love this list. There are at least 5 recipes I can follow since I have all the ingredients in my pantry already. Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Excellent post. We’ve been using up every scrap of our food in both the fridge and pantry and making lots of soups. We’ve even made our own ‘all or nothing’ pizza!

  8. These are amazing and right on time lol…I have so many stuff in my pantry that I don’t know how to make use of lol…Thank you so much for the recipes.

  9. These days are the best opportunity to cook some of this dishes. It’s a nice long list of recipes that are good to choose from!

  10. I make a tater tot casserole too! It’s a little different though, using hot sausage, tater tots, cheese, and heavy cream. We call it “Channing Tatum Tots” cuz it’s Cheesy, but HOT! hahaha

  11. Thank you for a huge list of recipes. This will be handy for vegans, vegetarians as well. I will try one of the vegetarian recipes as I am a vegetarian. The Mexican fried rice looks very good.

  12. What a great list of recipes for food in our pantries. Mine is small (as I did a big clean out this past winter) but I will make sure to try some of these recipes.

  13. I’ve been at home for a week and just learned the Gov. of my state has added another 21 days. I’ve cooked a few meals in my crockpot but I very much appreciate these recipes!

  14. While we wage war against the covid19 we need simple quick and easy comfort food recipes to keep us nourished and soothed.

  15. I’m a vegetarian and I’m so glad to see so many vegetarian and vegan options here. I’ve pinned this cause I’ll definitely need it.

  16. I was looking for some easy recipes for the quarantine time, too tired of eating the same food daily. Gonna try most of them, not all as I am a vegetarian.

  17. All these recipes look delicious- I would love to come to your house for tea! I especially like the look of the pea soup ad spaghetti dish

  18. These are all such great recipes and yes love Lentil Dahl and so easy to make with stuff most people already have on hand

    Laura x

  19. Thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for new recipes for the family and especially with everyone being here all day right now… new things to eat is nice to have!

  20. I have definitely been cooking more than usual, this will come in handy! So many good ideas, I especially love the soup and taco recipes

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