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From Our Pantry: Italian Flair

By Paige Brady, January 31, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been focusing on stocking your pantry for healthier meals and a healthier budget.

If you entered to Win Pantry Staples for a Year, keep an eye on your email — we’ll be notifying winners soon. When you pick up the items on our $50 Pantry Stock Up list (see below), you’ll be ready to add a few fresh ingredients, herbs and spices to be able to cook 14 of our favorite recipes.

We’ve featured all of these recipes individually in these “From Our Pantry” posts on Oats, Soup, Chili and Stew, Brown Rice and Quinoa. This post rounds out the list with a couple of pantry recipes featuring Italian cuisine.

Tuscan Tuna Salad This tuna salad served atop toasted sourdough bread makes a satisfying lunch or dinner. The beans, tuna and walnuts offer interesting contrasts in texture, while providing fiber, protein and healthy fat.

Your Pantry List provides the tuna and cannellini beans, and you’ll add fresh parsley, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, walnuts, seasoning and sourdough bread.

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sundried Tomatoes and White Beans This quick vegetarian pasta combines the pleasingly bitter taste of broccoli rabe with toasted garlic and bold sun-dried tomatoes. Your Pantry List will supply the pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and cannellini beans and you’ll add garlic, broccoli rabe, olive oil and seasoning.

Here’s the complete Pantry Stock Up List (download the pdf) that gives you all the pantry ingredients needed for these two recipes and 12 more.

  • 1 lb black beans
  • 1 lb lentils
  • 1 lb quinoa
  • 2 lbs brown rice
  • 3 (32-oz) boxes vegetable broth
  • 1 (32-oz) box chicken broth
  • 1 lb rolled oats
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 lb orechiette pasta
  • 1 lb pasta, your favorite kind
  • 1 jar unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 (32-oz) box unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 (32-oz) box unsweetened almondmilk
  • 1 (5-oz) can tuna
  • 3 (15-oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 package no-oil sundried tomatoes
  • 1 jar pasta sauce

We priced these in our 365 Everyday Value® line and the list came in around $50. We encourage you to visit our bulk department and keep an eye out for sales for even more value.

Do you have a favorite Italian recipe that comes together easily with help from a well-stocked pantry? Please share in the comments.