Shopping my pantry

One of my favorite kids has been asking to have a sleepover at our home. This weekend happened to work for him and me. Unfortunately ML is working some crazy hours so I was flying completely solo.

The hope was that he’d have dinner at his home before coming over as I was planning on just doing a movie/game night with snacks until bedtime. Part of the reason this week is good for his parents is that they’re redecorating the kitchen. They got an early start so asked if I could provide dinner.

My response was, “Of course!”

Small problem: I had 40 minutes to make a meal, no car and the closest store is a 15 minute walk. I headed to the pantry where I found a tin Vienna sausages, spaghetti and a jar tomato sauce.

A quick Google search brought this recipe up. You may notice a difference in ingredient portions. When the jar of sauce wouldn’t open I got very creative!


1/4 onion chopped large so can be picked out

1/2 red pepper same as above

2 tbsp oil, divided

1 tin Vienna sausages, cut in thirds

Large handful of spaghetti broken into small pieces

1 can tomato juice

Generous shakes of granulated garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes


Saute the onion, pepper and sausages in 1 tbsp oil until onions are tender. Transfer to bowl

Saute spaghetti pieces and granulated garlic in 1 tbsp oil until brown. Stir constantly.

Pour in tin of tomato juice and 1/4 tin water. Add generous shakes if the other seasonings. Bring to a bowl on medium heatheat. Keep stirring.

As the juice begins to reduce add the items in the bowl. Stir intermittently.

When the noodles are soft and it starts to look like a sauce rather than a soup remove from heat.


This was surprisingly tasty! He didn’t pick out the onions and tried the sweet peppers.

Of course after dinner he asked for dessert. This is no surprise as he often comes to my home just for dessert. This time there was no dessert. He asked if we could make cookies. So that’s exactly what we did. Cake mix cookies came to the rescue. When he decided they needed to be frosted the pantry came to the rescue!


1 chocolate pudding mix

1 1/3 cup milk

1 envelope dessert topping


Mix slowly for 1 minute, then increase speed until stiff peaks form.


Dinner and dessert were a success and items from the pantry were used. It was a great way to spend a Friday night!

*This recipe is from the box of the dessert topping



5 thoughts on “Shopping my pantry

  1. That dinner and dessert looks delicious! The dinner I can try and make, the dessert – we don’t get a lot of those ingredients here, but I am sure I could come up with something fairly similar! 😉 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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