6 Menu Must-Haves + The Power of Pizza and Pasta

August 17ᵗʰ, 2022
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The needs of today’s menus have changed for many reasons. That means it’s more crucial than ever to find hardworking, low-labor product and ingredient solutions that can be used across your menu. The recipes and insights listed here will help you reduce inventory, increase profit margins and ease back-of-house labor.

Biscuit sandwich with guacamole, bacon, eggs and salsa on a parchment paper

1. Breakfast Sandwiches

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwiches »

These crowd-pleasers are extremely versatile, and as consumers continue to enjoy breakfast items throughout the day, they make perfect sense for most menus.


of consumers ranked breakfast sandwiches as one of their favorite breakfast items.¹

Waffle-biscuit burgers with melty cheese, chimichurri sauce and chips on the side.

2. Burgers (with alternate protein choices)

Chorizo Chimichurri Waffle Burgers »

There’s nothing like a classic, customizable burger — and having different protein options such as turkey patties or plant-based choices allows you to appeal to more patrons.


of consumers eat burgers away from home at least once a month.²

Pigs in a blanket wrapped with biscuits on a granite counter with chili dipping sauce on the side.

3. Shareable Apps and Sides

Italian Pigs in a Blanket with Calabrian Chili Dipping Sauce »

With safety concerns over sharing food on the decline, diners are ready to pass the plate and try new dishes.


of consumers plan to order more appetizers to share with a group in the wake of the pandemic.³

Salad in a white bowl with greens, apples, cranberries and cornbread croutons sitting next to a napkin with dressing

4. Super Salads

Cornbread Salad with Apple Butter Vinaigrette »

Salads offer many benefits to operators: they use lots of ingredients often already on hand, and they’re seasonal and customizable. Plus, since they can be made with local ingredients, they deliver on the trend of farm-to-table eating.


of consumers say they feel locally-grown and produced food is the freshest, healthiest and most nutritious food available.⁴

Tofu, cheese, tomato and sprouts biscuit sandwich topped with pepper and salt

5. Plant-Based Choices

Tofu Breakfast Sandwiches »

Whether in salads or sandwiches, diners continue to look for and expect plant-forward options on menus.

Plant-based foods in the U.S. are a $7 billion market.⁵

Fettuccini pasta on a white plate with chicken and peppers

6. Pizza and Pasta

Gluten-Free Grilled Chicken Peanut Noodle Salad »

These items deliver on all kinds of consumer demands ranging from comfort classics to customizable choices.


of consumers say they eat pizza at least monthly.⁶

The Power of Pizza and Pasta

To say these categories are popular would be an understatement. A recent survey found 86% of participants eat pasta at least once a week,⁷ and pizza can be found on nearly a third of all entrée menus in the U.S.⁸ Aside from being very well liked, they’re also easily adapted to meet all kinds of dietary needs and consumer preferences. Take a look at how pasta and pizza can help you deliver on these three popular dining trends.

A grouping of recipes including a brunch pizza topped with an egg, a biscuit sandwich with pulled pork and macaroni and cheese, and a chickpea salad

¹QSR Magazine, Sept., 2021
²Datassential Keynote Report: Burgers, 2021
³2021 Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend Report
⁴Forager Survey, Oct., 2020
⁵Good Food Institute, 2021
⁶Foodservice Director, March 2022
⁷National Pasta Association, 2022
⁸Pizza Trends, May NAF CMI Monthly Trends