The basic pantry should always include: chicken, beef, vegetable stock, dried herbs and spices, different types of dried pasta, olive oil, sesame and vegetable oil, white,wine, cider, rice wine and balsamic vinegars, honey, nuts, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, sugar, flour, rice both white and brown, couscous, peanut butter, ketchup, chili sauce, raisins and canned beans such as chick peas, kidney and black. This is what I would consider the basic pantry and if you look at my picture you can see that I have much more than that. With the basic items you can make many good recipes.
Every good cook/chef has a well stocked pantry. I know that I always make sure I have the most basic ingredients on hand. I will be listing what I think should be included in the well stocked pantry and show you what mine looks like.