Pantry Essentials

Written by Meena Agarwal on August 4th, 2006 | 3 Comments

Spagetti with Meat Sauce

Pantry Essentials

It’s been hot, and I think I’m melting! I could’ve sworn I was an inch taller just two weeks ago!!Thank goodness for the rain Gods, it’s been much cooler the past two days. At last, I can actually enter my beloved kitchen, without getting cooked myself. Although I enjoy making elaborate meals and spending precious time creating culinary art, there are times when I just want to come home and not take more than a few minutes to whip up a delicious yet wholesome meal.

It is often at such times when i find retreat in my always over-stocked pantry. I love my pantry, and I sincerely believe that if I happen to have an unexpected emergency at hand, I’ll most probably be very well prepared to cook up a meal for 10 people using just the contents from it. I always make sure my shelves are well stocked with a variety of pasta, flour, canned beans, sauces and quick eats.

I always loved grocery shopping, which only added to my pantry stock. I love the feeling of losing myself in the aisles with the variety of oils, sauces and international fares. Learning to grocery shop the right way is an acquired art. It takes brain power and perfect precision, to buy things in just the right amount to stock a pantry. There were times when I would find myself staring at 5 cans of tuna, each with an expiry daye well passed.

It took time, and a lot of practice, but I learnt. I now have a perfect pantry to help me build my meals each day. And at times like tonight, when all I want is a quick fix and hours in front of the TV, my pantry is what I can count on!


Prep time: 10 min, Cooking time: 20 min | Serves: 4     

  • 2 handfuls of spagetti, boiled according to boxed instruction
  • 1 pound ground meat (I used chicken)
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • handful of basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • a pinch of dried oregano
  • a pinch of dried parsley
  • SAUTE ground meat with chopped garlic and onions in hot oil till browned. 

    SEASON with salt, parsley and oregano, and add sauce. Cook for 3-5 minutes till it comes to a slight boil, and add basil leaves.

    STIR in spagetti and serve warm with a side of fresh baked garlic bread.

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