100 Definitive Store-Cupboard Suppers

Stand-by suppers are a cook's best friend. We've all been there, not enough time to nip to the shops, the fridge looking a little on the sparse side, but you are still craving a satisfying dish that's not going to take the next hour to make.

Turn to your store cupboard and with a couple of tins, jars of handy sauce and clever spicing, you can have a hearty, filling meal. The freezer should not be forgotten either, crammed full of vegetables like frozen peas that are preserved at their very best in the cold.

The best bit? These non-perishables will keep in your cupboard or freezer for months. Just add vegetables and meat or fish if you want to, to make these speedy dishes your new favourite ready-in-a-flash recipes.

18 Store Cupboard Essentials

  • Tinned tuna
  • Dried pasta
  • Noodles
  • Basmati rice
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • A few jars of sauces; pesto for pasta, stir fry sauces and Thai and Indian curry pastes
  • Spices including chilli powder, five spice powder, salt, black peppercorns and smoked paprika
  • Canned beans such as kidney beans, butter beans, cannellini beans
  • Tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Worcester Sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Stock cubes
  • Plain flour
  • And for the freezer we like peas, sweetcorn, spinach and prawns.


Budget-friendly meals using handy store-cupboard staples.

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