Friday, September 16, 2011
Pantry Essentials-Pasta, Rice and Bread
Let's see what is on my pasta, rice and bread shelf...
classic baked macaroni, stove top shrimp and pasta, and classic lasagna.
For soups I keep tubettini, ditalini and orzo on hand. Any little pasta will work in soups. I like to keep a variety on hand to mix it up every once in a while. Minestrone soup is a huge family favorite that has tiny pasta in it. With nighttime temperatures falling into the 40s I'll be getting the urge to make soups again soon. Yum, I can't wait. I love soup!
The final pasta I can't be without is rice noodles. I always want to be ready to make shrimp pad Thai whenever the craving for it hits. I'm feeling that craving coming on...
Lemon shrimp and risotto recipe. Rice is an essential ingredient in jambalaya, another cold weather favorite for my family.
Rice is a perfect side dish. In twenty minutes you can have a tasty accompaniment to any meal. I especially like rice with grilled pork or chicken, like this coconut rice. I also keep a couple of packaged rice items on hand. Packaged rice pilaf and black beans and rice are essential time savers.
chicken Parmesan or Parmesan breaded chicken. I keep plain bread crumbs that I make from left over bread in my freezer, but I also like to have plenty of panko bread crumbs on hand. The panko crumbs are crispier than the bread crumbs from regular white bread and I often mix the two. This baked shrimp scampi recipe is one example of how they are used in my house. You'll also find herb seasoned stuffing mix in my pantry. It is mainly used to make my mom's stuffed pork chops. So good!
There you have it. This has been a peek into the pasta, rice and bread section of my pantry. Keeping these items on hand makes it easy for me to make family favorite dinners without last minute runs to the grocery store. Keeping a well-stocked pantry goes a long way to maintaining my sanity at dinner time.
Do you have suggestions for items I should add to the pasta, rice and bread shelf of my pantry?