A selection of pantry recipes to make right now.

Pantry cooking is the name of the game right now. With a bag of lentils or beans, a box of pasta, or a package of ramen noodles on hand along with some fresh produce (or not!), a satisfying meal can materialize in no time (or a long time!).

Here are 15 of my favorite pantry-ish ready meals. Some require fresh produce — cabbage, kale, carrots, onions, spinach — some don’t. Several are super fast, namely the Sichuan noodles, the ramen, and the black lentils; several are not: vegetarian chili, sheet pan mac n’ cheese, and slow-cooker gigante beans. But each is delicious and comforting in its own way.

I hope you find something you like.

PS: 10 Chickpea Recipes to Make Right Now

One-Pot Lentil Soup

A bowl of one-pot vegan lentil soup.

Lightning Fast Sichuan Noodles

quick and easy Sichuan noodles with cabbage

Pantry Tomato Soup

An overhead shot of a bowl of pantry tomato soup.

Black Lentils with Spinach and Labneh

A bowl of black lentils with spinach and labneh.

One-Pot Ginger-Scallion Ramen Noodles

A bowl of one-pot, vegan, ginger-scallion ramen noodles.

Curried Lentils with Kale and Coconut Milk

Curried lentils with kale and coconut

The New Basics Pasta Puttanesca

A bowl of pasta puttanesca.

Cal Peternell’s Black Bean Soup

A bowl of Cal Peternell's black bean soup with garnishes.

Spicy, Smoky Vegetarian Chili

A bowl of spicy, smoky stovetop vegetarian chili with cheese and scallions stirred in.

Farro Risotto with Kale and Feta

Ottolenghi's farro with tomatoes and kale

Oven-Roasted Polenta with Poached Eggs

oven-baked polenta with poached eggs

Gena Hamshaw’s Kimchi Fried Rice

kimchi fried rice

Slow-Cooker Gigante Beans with Tomatoes & Parmesan

a bowl of slow cooker corona beans

Marcella Hazan’s Stewy White Beans

Marcella's stewy white beans

Sheet Pan Mac n Cheese

Sheet pan mac n cheese on a plate.