Got salt, pepper and oil? Well then we've got ingenious dishes that will shorten your grocery list without sacrificing flavor.
By Kate Rockwood and Lynn Andriani
The "Cupboard's Bare? No Sweat!" Classic
When you need a fast, frugal and filling pantry meal, you probably reach for pasta. But instead of jarred tomato sauce, try this speedy, olive oil-based alternative. The key is to not hold back on the garlic, since its pungent flavor mellows when you sauté it. Grated Parmesan is the other powerhouse ingredient here; put some in the dish, and then pass around more at the table.