How many times have you looked at a recipe and thought it looked great only to discover that the list of ingredients was a mile long and would cause even an Iron Chef to roll their eyes and stick a frozen pizza in the oven? Exactly.
Cooking doesnt have to be complicated and it can be delicious with only three ingredients or less. Now, were not talking about peanut butter and jelly or a bowl of cereal with milk although theres nothing wrong with those but rather more innovative creations like Nutella cake, jalapeno poppers, pulled pork, and ice cream.
Youll wonder, Why didnt I think of that?
One Ingredient Banana Soft Serve
The recipe that has been sweeping the Internet for the past couple of years is so simple its not even a recipe.
Its actually frozen bananas thrown in the food processor until they reach the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Seriously.
Its really that good, and the possibilities for modifications are endless peanut butter, cookies, other fruit, and so many other things.
Forget the blue box. Make thisstovetop version in which you slowly cook the pasta right in the milk, so it gets super creamy. Then just stir in cheese and the sauce makes itself.
Salted Caramel Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pie
This looks complicated, but it really only requires a graham cracker crust, a tub of chocolate and caramel ice cream, and toppings. You. Are. Welcome.
Three Ingredient Tomato Soup
Soup with just tomatoes, onions or peppers, and olive oil. It doesnt get any simpler than that.
Peanut Butter Waffle Sandwiches
If you have a waffle maker, Pillsbury biscuit dough, and peanut butter (and optional syrup or honey)youre ready to make this mealthat can be frozen for easy treats later.
Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs
Whether youre gearing up for a big game, a potluck, or just a quick dinner, all you need are meatballs, grape jelly, and chili sauce.
Two Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake
Do you have Nutella? Of course you do. Do you have eggs? Lets hope so, because after 25 minutes of baking you have a decadent dessertand happiness.
BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Just three ingredients and 30 minutes give you tender sweet potatoes stuffed with shredded BBQ chicken and an easy weeknight meal.
Two Ingredient Pizza Dough
Its not delivery, its Greek yogurt and flour coming together to make everything from pizza dough to variations such as garlic bread and calzones.
Need a quick treat to bring somewhere? Try this two ingredient, sweet and simple dessert filled with Oreo goodness thats ready in 20 minutes and probably devoured in 20 seconds.
Two Ingredient Cheese Crisps
These cheese crisps are little bites of heaven. They makegreat snacks for the kids,appetizerswith a glass of wine, or an accompaniment with a salad.
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe is a classic with just eggs, peanut butter, and sugar, which means youre just minutes away from satisfying your craving for a delicious treat.
Boil the chicken, replace the water with Coca-Cola and add in soy sauce to create a meal thats literally done in minutes.
Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
The only thing standing between you and thisdecadent treat is chocolate, your milk of choice, and whatever toppings you want to go nuts with including, well, nuts.
Two Ingredient Healthy Pancakes
While there are a few modifications and pinches of things here and there, thisrecipe basically consists of two things eggs and bananas. Thats it. Im not kidding. Get your pancake on.
Super Easy Mozzarella Sticks
Why are they super easy? Because they only require egg roll wrappers, string cheese and an egg. Of course you have to have sauce for dipping, but were not counting that.
No Churn Coconut Ice Cream
If your tastes lean more towards coconut than banana, as mentioned above, this ice cream recipes comes together with two ingredients and no ice cream maker required.
Sinfully Easy Chocolate Croissants
No, theyre not real croissants, but cheating is totally recommended when all you need is puff pastry, chocolate chips, and one egg to make these treats.
Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Yes, you have to roast the three ingredients, but its a salad that dresses itself.
Three Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cake
Eggs, peanut butter, and sugar are all you need to make a cake thats both light and dense, sweet and delicious.
Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
Juicy, moist chicken tenders, a crunchy crispy crust, and the sweet taste of honey mustard all done with three ingredients.
Hershey Kisses + refrigerated pie crust + 1 egg white = perfect little pies filled with your Hershey Kiss flavor of choice.
Once called the most famous tomato sauce on the Internet, this recipe from Marcella Hazan’sEssentials of Classic Italian Cooking requires only tomatoes (canned or fresh)butter and onion. Bon apptit!
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate chips? Check. Peanut butter? Check. Sea salt? Check.
Betterthan those store-bought treats you spend money on? Check and checkmate.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
This technically calls for chives and cream cheese as two separate ingredients, but you can get chive-flavored cream cheese, so yes, there are still just three ingredients and they make a perfect appetizer.
Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Pie
Whoever said money cant buy happiness didnt know you can buy an Oreo pie crust, a tub of ice cream and Cool Whip to create this.
The best part? Any flavor of ice cream will work.
If you thought a biscuit recipe had to include Bisquick, youre wrong. This one requires only flour, buttermilk, and optional sugar and butter.
No Bake Salted Caramel Slice
Crispbread crackers, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce are all that you need for this twist on a childhood favorite.
New England Baked Haddock
If cooking fish intimidates you, this is a great place to start cooking it. Why? All you need is the fish, bread crumbs, and butter.
Two Ingredient Nutella Brownies
The tasteand texture are similar to a fudgy brownie and require only two ingredientsNutella and eggs.
Cookies and Cream Icebox Cake
While any cookies could be used and combined with just whipped cream, the classicuses chocolate wafers.
Three Ingredient Pulled Pork
The only things standing in your way of moist, flavorful pulled porkthat can be prepared in minutes and cooked in a slow cooker are pork, root beer, and BBQ sauce.
A decadent, gluten-free flourless chocolate cake recipewith no added sugar necessary. Plus, it just looks super fancy.
Tostones with Spicy Coleslaw and Avocado
Basically,tostonesare fried plantains, pounded flat and then fried again to create a delicious plantain slices.
And guess what? You can top them with whatever you like, such as spicy coleslaw and avocado.
Two Ingredient Maple Souffle
It sounds weird to pair eggs with maple syrup, but eggs insoufflsare essentially an invisible ingredient they give structure and density to something that otherwise tastes like flavored air. So in this creation, maple flavor for the win!
Mix the meat, beans, and tomatoes together in large pot, bring it to a boil, and then simmer for about 30 minutes. Then you can top it with whatever you want, but the base is only three ingredients.
Forget those expensive blended drinks from the coffee shop. All you need for a quick pick-me-up is iced flavored coffee, chocolate chips, ice, and whipped cream to top.
Individual Parmesan Hash Brown Cups
Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and made in muffin tins, these easily come together with shredded potatoes, parmesan, and scallions.
Three Ingredient Hazelnut Cookies
Also called Ugly But Good cookies because they dont look too attractive but vanish off the serving plate in minutes, they only require three things hazelnuts, sugar, and egg white.
Cheddar Broccoli Egg Muffins
Cheddar broccoli soup is delicious. Broccoli topped with cheddar cheese sauce is genius. These egg muffins? Right up there with those, but so much easier.
See? As easy as 1, 2…and sometimes 3.