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7 Things Every Cook Needs in Their Pantry

Sometimes, preparing a meal can take a little more time than you anticipated – especially when the recipe you’re cooking requires a trip to the grocery store. A busy day, a busy night, one more errand you weren’t expecting – we’ve all been there!

To help prevent that mad dash out the door for those few missing ingredients, we’ve created a list of 7 items we consider to be essential for any kitchen. If you know Rachael, then you’ll definitely recognize many of our must-have products (she even sells some of her own – like chicken stock!).

You may even have some of these in your own pantry – we know Rach does! Grab a notepad and a pen, and get ready to stock up on these must-haves that can save you in a pinch!

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a must! If you notice that your pasta sauce looks a little watery, a tablespoon of tomato paste can save the day as a thickening agent with great flavor.

Hot & Sweet Sausage, Pepper and Onion Hoagies

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Meatballs with Red-Wine Tomato Sauce

Canned Tuna

An easy addition when you’re in need of a protein! Throw it into a stir fry or casserole for a delicious and more filling meal. Quick tip: Don’t forget to drain the tuna!

Tuna Casserole

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BBQ Tuna English Muffin Pizzas

Tuna Casserole

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Sweet and Spicy Tuna Grain Bowl

Canned Beans

Canned beans are incredibly diverse. Add them to nachos, soup, or simply use as an easy, quick side with veggies. They don’t take much work and can add awesome texture and protein to any dish.

Pulled Chicken and Black Bean Nacho Casserole

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Black Bean and Kale Tortilla Soup

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Mini Turkey Meat Loaves and Baked Beans

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Stock

You’d be amazed at how many of Rachael’s recipes use stock! Not only does it serve as a liquid, but it also makes otherwise plain ingredients like grains shine.

Pork Ramen Bowls

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Crispy Chicken Paillard Divan

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Sweet Pepper Riggies

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Canned Tomatoes 

Canned tomatoes are a lifesaver! Speed up the process of making a sauce or soup by keeping a few cans stowed away in your pantry.

Roast Meatballs and Tomato-Tarragon Sauce

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Tomato Balsamic Soup

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Anchovies 

As many of you probably already know, Rach loves herself some anchovies. They turn up the flavors in any meal for a salty treat.

Italian Roast Beef on Ciabatta with Ricotta and Horseradish Gremolata, Caesar Slaw with Celery

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Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) with Ricotta Salata

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Beef Brutus Sandwiches

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