June 27 2016

10 Minute Pantry Dinner

10 minute inexpensive pasta pantry dinner

Not having the energy, the time, the ingredients or the sheer will to cook dinner is the bane of every working mother’s existence. It busts your budget, it sends you into mother guilt, it stresses you out.

Here’s an easy go-to that can be a savior on those workweek nights where you’re house looks like a plane that has been delayed on the tarmac for 9 hours, your refrigerator looks like the Home Depot shovel section the night before a blizzard and you are wishing you had a sister wife.

The ingredients are all basic items you probably keep on hand.  My mother used to make this for me growing up all the time.  She always used farfalle, but any pasta will do.  It is  delicious and consists solely of pantry items.  As you can see, you’ll finish the sauce in the time it takes the pasta to boil. Cheap, healthy, tasty – even my kids love it.


  • Pasta
  • Can of tomato sauce
  • Handful of frozen peas
  • Olive Oil
  • Some red onion
  • As much Parmesan as you like


1. Sautee some onion


Couldn’t be easier, cheaper or faster.


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    1. Kelsey @ Tealmama 12:35am 06 July - 2016 - Reply

      Yum! We have nights where we definitely need this. Saving for future reference! 🙂

    2. Tale 08:16am 28 June - 2016 - Reply

      Great post! I love ‘pantry dinners’ – just using what you find and making something great from what you have 🙂

      • Brooklyn Bread 11:46am 28 June - 2016 - Reply

        Certainly can’t channel your inner Julia Child every night!

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