Easy pantry meals to cook during quarantine

With many of us working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect time to eat in, skip going to the grocery store, and use what's in your pantry.

Chef O from Fry's Cooking School shows us some easy meals to prepare with items from your pantry.


Starch - select ONE:
2 cups uncooked pasta (macaroni, penne, spiral, bow tie), COOKED
1 cup uncooked long-grain white or brown rice, COOKED
4 cups uncooked noodles, COOKED
Protein - select ONE: or use half & half
2 cups cooked ground beef
2 cups cooked and diced chicken, turkey, ham, beef, or pork
2 cups chopped hard-cooked egg
2 (6 to 8-oz.) cans fish or seafood, flaked
2 cups beans, cooked or canned, drained (kidney, etc.)
Vegetable - select ONE:
1 (10-oz.) pkg. thawed and drained frozen spinach, broccoli, green beans, green peas
1 (16-oz.) can green beans, peas, carrots, corn, drained
2 cups sliced fresh zucchini
Sauce - select ONE:
2 cups sauce (pasta, alfredo)
1 can soup (mushroom, celery, cheese, or tomato etc.) mix with milk to make 2 cups
1 (16-oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
Flavor - select ONE or MORE:
1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup sliced black olives
1-2 teaspoons mixed dried leaf herbs (basil, thyme, marjoram, tarragon)
Salt and pepper to taste
Topping- select ONE or MORE: If desired after heating, place on top:
1/4 cup shredded cheese; Swiss, Cheddar, Parmesan, or Monterey Jack 
1/4 cup buttered bread crumbs
1/4 to 1/2 cup canned fried onion rings
Heat oven to 350°F Grease/spray a 2-to-2 1/2-quart casserole dish.
Mix your selections in the casserole dish. Cover and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until steaming hot (165°F) throughout.
Uncover and sprinkle with toppings if using. Return uncovered, to oven for about 10 minutes.