Continuing our series on setting up the perfect pantry with Del Monte® products, today we’re focusing on what goes inside your pantry. Once you’ve planned out your space, it’s time to start filling it! The trick to making easy and delicious meals is to buy ingredients that you’ll use frequently, and that are versatile enough to be used in lots of recipes.

We’ve come up with a list of 35 essential items your pantry should never be without. It will make meal time much more inspired. (And new homeowners, it’s a great place to start when you’re facing an empty pantry!)

These are the workhorses of your kitchen. Most every recipe will start with, or include one of these ingredients. Make sure you keep these in your pantry at all times.

Top 12 Basic Ingredients:

– College Inn® Chicken Broth

– College Inn® Beef Broth

– Contadina® Tomato Paste

– Olive oil

– Balsamic vinegar

– Quinoa

– Brown rice

– Pasta (spaghetti and another shape of your choice)

– Soy sauce

– Salt

– Peanut butter

– Assorted nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)

We love to bake here at Brit + Co., and our primary pantry includes these staples. As you explore more complicated baking recipes, you’ll likely add additional flours and flavorings.

7 Baking Staples:

– All purpose flour

– Granulated sugar

– Brown sugar

– Baking powder

– Baking soda

– Vanilla extract

– Chocolate chips

Where would your meals be without a little bit of spice? These are some of the most common flavors used. Look for small containers if you’re unsure how often you’ll use a specific spice, that way they won’t have time to go bad. (image via One Hundred Eggs)

8 Spices You Can’t Do Without:

– Black pepper

– Chili powder

– Cinnamon

– Cumin

– Garlic powder

– Oregano

– Rosemary

– Thyme

Keeping canned fruits and vegetables in your pantry is one of the best ways to make meal time easy. Plus, with Del Monte® fruits and vegetables you can rest assured that they were picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, so you always have garden-quality fruits and vegetables on hand.

9 Preferred Canned Fruits & Veggies:

– Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes

– Del Monte® Cut Green Beans

– Del Monte® Whole Kernel Corn

– Del Monte® Pineapple Chunks or Slices

– Del Monte® Tomato Sauce

– Del Monte® Sliced Peaches

– Del Monte® Potatoes

– Onions

– Garlic

What are your pantry essentials? Tell us in the comments!

This series is brought to you in partnership with Del Monte®, producers of garden quality fruits and vegetables. With Del Monte, you’ll always have a garden in your pantry.