Pantry Must Haves


I thought it’d be informative if I put together a list of pantry must haves. If you’re just starting out cooking for yourself, or if you’ve been cooking for years, it’s great to familiarize yourself with  products and spices you should keep in your pantry or cupboards that go in the majority of dishes. Wherever I’ve lived, abroad/college/post grad, I’ve always kept these in stock in my pantry/cupboard.


  • Olive Oil– used for sauteing and it’s a healthier substitute then using butter
  • Vegetable oil – for frying and an alternative for sauteeing veggies when out of olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar – used in making sauces or a quick homemade dressing w/ oil, salt & pepper
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cans of diced tomatoes- never know when you’d like to throw into a stir fry, chilli, or sauce
  • Tahini – for the hummus lover
  • Panko or regular bread crumbs– for breading chicken or fish
  • Pasta – whatever kind you like to use the most. I like gluten free spaghetti , bow ties, and rigatoni
  • Brown or white rice 
  • Cous Cous
  • Honey
  • Black Olives – just because I put them in just about every salad or taco dish I make
  • Crackers or Triscuts – to put with cheese for a quick snack
  • Soy Sauce – stir frys and sauces, marinating
  • Teriyaki Sauce – stir frys, sauces, marinating
  • Dried Cranberries and raisins – for salads
  • Peanuts and almonds – great finishers on dishes
  • Non – Stick cooking spray- for all you bakers out there
  • White & Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda
  • Crisco
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate chips – never know when the craving for chocolate chip cookies will sneak up on you


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Hot Pepper Flakes
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground mustard
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Oregano or an italian blend of spices
  • Chilli Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Curry Powder 
  • Thyme Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Dill Weed – I like to drizzle olive oil, dill weed, and salt/pepper on fresh veggies in the summer
  • Sesame Seeds
  • **Old Bay – which can go on literally anything as a rub (chicken, beef, fish, popcorn, eggs…ok I’ll stop)

**- an obsession in my spice cabinet.

Click on the tags below to see what other dishes I use these ingredients in.



What are your favorite pantry must haves? Comment below or send me a message 🙂 Happy Eating!



One thought on “Pantry Must Haves

  1. Artist Potager says:

    Maple Syrup – great for basting – a natural sweetener – delicious on pancakes or drizzled on oatmeal and from your home state of Connecticut!

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