Empty-Your-Pantry Casserole

We have the answer to what is for dinner?!

what is for dinner

I love this easy casserole.  It is so versatile.  You can make it with almost anything.  This is a great way to use your leftovers.  This recipe is adapted from the CDKitchen.

easy casserole recipe

What is for dinner?


1 cup milk
1 cup water
1-2 Tablespoons of oil (bacon grease, olive oil, or sour cream, etc.)
pinch of salt
pepper or spices to taste

Pick a Sauce:

Can of cream of mushroom soup, condensed — undiluted
Can of ounces cream of celery soup, condensed — undiluted
Can of ounces cream of chicken soup, condensed — undiluted
Can of ounces cheddar cheese soup — undiluted
Can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano — undrained
Caramelized onions or mushrooms in beef broth
1 Cup of Sour Cream

what is for dinner

…and then your vegetable (2-3 cups worth):

Green beans, sweet peas or corn, Asparagus tips, chopped spinach, frozen veggies, even kale or cabbage work.

Pick a meat or protein source (about 2 cups worth):

Canned white tuna in spring water — drained and flaked
Chopped cooked chicken
Diced cooked ham
Chopped cooked turkey
1 pound ground beef — browned and drained

…Add a starch:

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup uncooked regular rice
4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
3 cups uncooked small pasta shells

Or… cover with mashed potatoes, hasbrowns, biscuits or a pie crust for a meat pie variation.


3 ounces canned mushroom slices — drained
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper — or green
1/4 cup chopped onion or scallions
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic — minced
4 1/2 ounces chopped green chiles
1 1/4 ounce taco seasoning mix

Pantry casserole

Top it off:

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1 cup round buttery crackers — crushed
1 cup herb-seasoned stuffing mix




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About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).