Pantry Essentials

It took me years to reach this point – I have a well-rounded pantry that only requires specific ingredient grocery trips. Here I’ll keep a running list of my vegetarian pantry essentials (though my house is missing a pantry, and I have to creatively store all these things.) It will update as I update the blog.

Canned or “Canned”Goods

Dry Goods

  • Kikkoman panko bread crumbs (I see they have a whole-wheat version – I would buy this if Publix carried it!)
  • Pasta – I buy BOGO, so the brand varies. However, Ronzoni carries a line of whole wheat and “ancient grain” pastas that I tend to favor lately. I always have:
    • fusilli or rotini (as far as I can tell, manufacturers don’t differentiate)
    • linguine or fettucini (there is a difference – fettucini is wider)
    • spaghetti
    • thin spaghetti
    • angelhair
    • penne or ziti
    • some specialty pasta – like mezzeluna or something (that is usually bought per meal and leftover if I don’t use all of it)
    • extra broad whole-grain egg noodles
  • Dried beans (a heaping 1/2 cup = 1 can of beans)
    • black
    • pinto
    • lentils (brown)
    • lima
    • chickpeas/garbanzos
    • navy (what I use in place of cannellini in recipes)
    • great northern
    • black eyed peas
    • split green peas
    • Other “exotic” types I stock:
      • orca
      • cranberry
      • puy lentils
      • red lentils


  • Publix brand deli parmesan (in a wedge – it tastes so different from the bagged parmesan)
  • Heavy cream
  • Ghee
  • Fage full-fat Greek yogurt


  • potatoes (a big bag; I prefer gold)
  • elephant garlic

Oils and Vinegars

Seasoning / Seeds / Spices

  • Spike (a blend; it’s salty)
    • I also get the Vegit version; it’s low salt)
  • Thai Kitchen Curry Paste (red, green)
  • Indian Flavors
    • turmeric
    • chili powder (Kashmiri)
    • asofetida
    • garam masala
    • cumin seeds
    • brown mustard seeds
    • curry powder
    • coriander seeds
  • Season Salt (I like Morton’s)
  • Dried Italian seasoning

Cooking Wines

  • dry sherry


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