Store cupboard staples such as pasta, rice, cous cous, tinned tomatoes and pulses such as chick peas, kidney beans are a great way to bulk out recipes to make them go further, helping save money too.

Having a variety of different tins and packets on hand in the kitchen means you are never far away from cooking up something tasty and filling. If stored properly these products have a long shelf life, but remain nutritious. All you need to do is add a few fresh ingredients, some herbs or spices if possible, and for a major flavour boost, a bottle of Kikkoman soy sauce!

Nowadays Kikkoman soy sauce is used by home cooks as an all-purpose seasoning, as well as being the perfect partner in many Asian dishes from stir-fries and sushi. Made from just 4 pure ingredients – soybeans, wheat, salt and water - and slowly brewed over several months, this versatile store cupboard essential can be used instead of salt in almost any dish to bring out the flavour of the food. Its smooth, delicate taste lends itself to everything from sauces, to soups and salad dressings.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite recipes which are build around a store cupboard staple as the main ingredient. You can substitute the fresh vegetables to whatever you have, and switch in or out meat or fish if preferred.