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Stuck At Home? 12 Delicious Recipes From the Pantry

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Whether due to coronavirus, quarantine, or a blizzard, being stuck inside with a pantry of shelf-stable food can definitely feel limiting. But these twelve recipes perform absolute alchemy on pantry staples, turning them into soul-warming, comforting deliciousness.

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    Caramelized Onion Risotto

    Onions are often used in risotto, but not usually as the main ingredient. In this soothing dish, you get a bite of beautifully browned, sweet, soft caramelized onions in every forkful. Aged Gouda gives the risotto a slightly toasty butterscotch flavor, but the more traditional Parmigiano-Reggiano is also delicious.

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    Classic Tomato Soup Recipe

    Silky tomato soup is like the little black dress of soups. Unadorned and paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, it’s a comforting lunch. Dressed up with simple garnishes, it makes a sophisticated start to dinner.

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    Ultimate Fudgy Brownies

    You won't find the secret to rich, fudgy chocolate brownies in a box: Make them from scratch for the best flavor and texture. This one-pot batter comes together in minutes and there's a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand.

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    Rice and Beans with Fried Eggs

    Served with soft corn tortillas, this traditional Costa Rican dish works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Salsa Lizano is a Costa Rican condiment that’s similar to Worcestershire sauce but thicker and sweeter—you can substitute Worcestershire for it, but the flavor will be more assertive.

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    Sweet and Savory Mulligatawny Soup

    This classic soup is ideal for cold nights by the fire. Almost entirely composed of modern pantry essentials, it won’t mean a trek out to the market.

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    Caramelized Celery with Lentils

    The toasty flavor of caramelized celery pairs well with earthy lentils and an unusual finishing touch of dill, maple, and cider vinegar.

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    French Onion Roast Chicken

    Few dishes are as simple to make as this one—juicy roast chicken with a caramelized onion relish made right in the roasting pan. The wonderful flavor is reminiscent of French onion soup. Serve with good crusty bread. 

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    Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

    A quick and indulgent answer to potato gratin, these potatoes are delicious with baked cod, roast lamb, or pork chops.

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    Curried Lentil-Scallion Pancakes

    Though you can’t see the lentils in this dish, you can definitely taste their earthy flavor. Make the pancakes big and slice them to portion for serving. Or make silver-dollar-size pancakes to use as canapés dotted with yogurt and, if you’re feeling fancy, some smoked salmon or caviar.

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    Silky Chocolate Pudding

    Dressy enough for Sunday supper but homier than pot de crème, this classic chocolate custard is an easy dessert that all cooks should know by heart.

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    Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup

    This thick Indian-spiced spin on tomato soup, great on its own, would pair well with grilled cheese, especially one made with a little chutney. Look for roasted chickpeas where nuts are sold, or make them yourself.

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    Mexican Tomato Rice & Beans Recipe

    When cooked using the absorption method, medium-grain rice yields a tender, starchy, slightly creamy kernel that's ideal for saucy rice dishes like this one.

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