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10 Must-have Pantry Staples

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Dry Pasta

Pasta
Pasta comes in so many shapes, sizes and flavors, you can never have too much. FotografiaBasica/Getty Images

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If you're going to stash several different sauces in the pantry, then stock up on a variety of pastas, too. Boxed pasta is inexpensive, has virtually no expiration date and can be used to create a variety of meals — think spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo or a fresh garden pasta salad.

Even if you don't have sauce on hand, you can always serve up some farfalle pasta with fresh garlic and butter as a quick-and-easy side dish, or make homemade macaroni and cheese with elbow pasta. You can make it in minutes if you have an Instant Pot. Add some protein like grilled shrimp or chicken and you've got a hearty meal.

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