Sometimes, life takes unexpected turns and we find ourselves with limited resources to put a meal on the table. When it comes time to focus on items that are readily available in our cupboards, fridge and/or freezers, be it perishable items or canned/dried, these recipes are going to make sure you get a spectacular meal on the table in record time.

If a recipe calls for spices or ingredients you currently don’t have on hand, don’t worry! I call out the main ingredients you’ll only need to focus on under each recipe below. From there, feel free to leave out whatever else you don’t have and improvise with substitutes that you DO have in your cupboards. Remember, SEASONINGS ARE EVERYTHING AND MAKE THE BLANDEST FOOD COME TO LIFE! And frozen meats and veggies can always be used in place of fresh, if necessary. Basically speaking, use the recipe as a blueprint and put your own delicious touches on it!

Suggested Bare Essential Key Spices/Ingredients To Keep On Hand

  • Broth (any flavor – I especially suggest using Better Than Bouillon)
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Salt (Kosher or Iodized)
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder/Granulated Garlic
  • Onion Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salted Butter/Margarine/Butter Substitute
  • Dried Beans
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Jarred Sauces (be it Marinara, Alfredo, Pesto and/or Alla Vodka)

ALL RECIPES IN THIS LIST HAVE 5 MAIN INGREDIENTS OR LESS!

Bare Basics

Minimum Ingredients: 2
Eggs, Water
Minimum Ingredients: 2
Fairlife Milk, Cultured Yogurt
Minimum Ingredients: 2
Pinto Beans, Water/Broth
Minimum Ingredients: 4
Apples, Water, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup

Soups

Minimum Ingredients: 2
White Beans (any kind), Water/Broth
Minimum Ingredients: 4
Broth, Lemons, Eggs, Pasta (such as Orzo, Pastina or Acini di Pepe)
Minimum Ingredients: 4
Broth, Crushed Tomatoes, Beans, Carrots
Minimum Ingredients: 5
Chicken (fresh or frozen), Water/Broth, Carrots, Celery, Egg (or any) Noodles

Pasta

All short pastas (penne, rotini, farfalle, campanelle, macaroni, cavatappi, etc) and linguine will cook for 6 minutes at High Pressure. Spaghetti and rigatoni will cook for 8 minutes at high pressure.

Minimum Ingredients: 5
Pasta (Spaghetti or any), Broth/Water, Butter, Grated Parmesan/Pecorino Romano, Pepper
Minimum Ingredients: 3
Pasta (Spaghetti or any), Broth/Water, Marinara Sauce (or any sauce – even a can of crushed tomatoes works which you can season to your liking!)
Minimum Ingredients: 5
Pasta, Broth/Water, Lemon, Cream, Grated Parmesan
Minimum Ingredients: 4
Pasta, Broth/Water, Crushed Tomatoes (or Marinara Sauce), Shredded Mozzarella
Minimum Ingredients: 4
Pasta, Broth/Water, Butter, Shredded Cheddar
Minimum Ingredients: 5
Pasta, Broth/Water, Butter, Garlic, Canned Clams
(Note: If not using wine or the clam juice, make up for it with extra broth)

Rice

Minimum Ingredients: 5
Rice, Frozen Veggie Medley, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Egg
Minimum Ingredients: 2
Jasmine (or Long Grain White) Rice, Water
Minimum Ingredients: 2
Brown Rice, Water
Minimum Ingredients: 3
Yellow Rice, Water, Butter

Meats

Minimum Ingredients: 3
Ribs (Baby Back or St. Louis), Water/Apple Juice, Barbecue Sauce
Minimum Ingredients: 3
Pork Shoulder/Country Style Ribs, Coca-Cola, Barbecue Sauce
Minimum Ingredients: 3
Brisket (flat or point), Water, Ketchup, Vinegar, Brown Sugar
Minimum Ingredients: 2
Chicken, Broth/Water
Minimum Ingredients: 5
Chicken, Broth, Lemon, Egg, Pasta (such as Orzo, Pastina or Acini di Pepe)

Dessert

Minimum Ingredients: 2
Sweetened Condensed Milk, Water
Minimum Ingredients: 5
Bananas, Butter, Water, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon