Whether you buy all your basics at the farmers' market or need a last-minute gallon of milk from the convenience store, we all know this is not the week to meander down aisles or chat at the checkout. Between preparing your own Thanksgiving dishes and navigating the mobs of fellow shoppers, it's time for streamlined grocery lists and focused efficiency. In fact, if I can help it, I prefer to avoid grocery shopping until we're safely on the other side of Black Friday.

This is the time when my pantry—stocked with beans and pasta and bread—saves the day. Rather than waste precious time and energy buying dinner ingredients (or money buying take-out), I turn to the quick, easy meals I already have in my kitchen. With just five ingredients, I can feast on creamy fettuccine alfredo, hearty lentil stew, or whip up soft, silky scrambled eggs for tacos or tomato sauce. It's really that easy. So go ahead and focus on the Thanksgiving meal—pick one of these 27 pantry dinners to fill you up for the next couple of days.

Pasta, what can't you do?

Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese by mrslarkin
Spaghetti Frittata
Spaghetti Frittata by Skye | From My Dining Table
Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs
Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy
Instant Potato Gnocchi
Instant Potato Gnocchi by Barbara Lynch
Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine Alfredo by Kenzi Wilbur
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta by Genius Recipes

Soup's Here

Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew)
Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew) by Ali Slagle
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci by Genius Recipes
Pasta Piselli
Pasta Piselli by sdebrango

Incredible, Edible Eggs

Soft Scrambled Eggs
Soft Scrambled Eggs by Merrill Stubbs
Poached Egg Soup (Changua con Huevo)
Poached Egg Soup (Changua con Huevo) by Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

Get a Grip with Toasts & Sandwiches

Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce
Cauliflower Crostone with Anchovy and Caper Sauce by Emiko
Buttery Minty Pea Toast
Buttery Minty Pea Toast by Food52
Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole
Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy
Pantry Pissaladière
Pantry Pissaladière by Nicholas Day
Pan con Tomate with Burrata
Pan con Tomate with Burrata by meganvt01
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino by Genius Recipes
Brie and Prosciutto Melt
Brie and Prosciutto Melt by Londonfoodieny
My Best Tomato Sandwich
My Best Tomato Sandwich by Merrill Stubbs

Eat All Your Vegetables

Roasted Mushroom Salad
Roasted Mushroom Salad by cucina di mammina
Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes
Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes by Amee

Tell us your go-to pantry meals, as well as what you like to eat during the busy holidays in the comments.