Pantry Cleanout Challenge: Cook a Delicious Zero-Spend Meal With Me

All Things Mandy
by All Things Mandy

I decided to do a pantry cleanout to get rid of some stuff I already have on the shelf. Pantry cleanout meals are great because you can make a meal without having to spend additional money.

It’s also the perfect way to make sure nothing goes to waste.


I found some treasures in my pantry to work with. I had a jar of mushrooms, a can of mixed vegetables, a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a can of pinto beans. I also found a bag of egg noodles, a box of Hamburger Helper, a tiny bit of rice, a can of tuna, and a can of chicken.

I decided to use the egg noodles, the cream of chicken soup, the can of chicken, and my can of mixed vegetables to make a chicken pot pie. Instead of pie, I’m going to make a casserole. It's always good to get creative when you’re putting together pantry cleanout recipes.

Making pantry cleanout meal

I boiled some water and added 3 pinches of salt. Then I cooked the pasta. When the noodles were cooked I put them in a casserole dish.

Making pantry cleanout meal

I added my cream of chicken soup to the noodles. Usually, when I make chicken pot pie I add some sour cream for a tangy flavor.

I didn’t have any sour cream though so I decided to use some Greek yogurt instead. I also added a cup of water and mixed everything.

Making pantry cleanout meal

Next, I put in my can of mixed vegetables and stirred that in. Then I added my canned chicken. I didn’t strain the chicken because I figured the broth would add some flavor. I sprinkled in two big pinches of salt and pepper and gave it all one last mix.

Making pantry cleanout meal

I found a sleeve of crackers in the cabinet, so I decided to crush those up and use them to make a crumb topping.

I sprinkled the crushed crackers on top of the dish and then I drizzled 1/3 of a stick of melted butter over everything. I put the dish in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Making pantry cleanout meal
Pantry cleanout meal

This came out so delicious and I was able to do it without having to spend any extra money. I love pantry cleanout meals. They are easy and convenient ways to make delicious meals while preventing waste.

What do you have in your pantry that you can work with? Leave me a comment so we can exchange ideas and make the most of what we have.

Next, check out these 3 Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes for the Whole Family.

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  • Aud62616903 Aud62616903 on Jun 01, 2024
    They sound delicious. In one you add evaporated milk but in the UK this is sweetish and thicker than yours looked so could you use milk instead?