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23 of Our Favorite Recipes Made with 3 Ingredients or Fewer

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Meals should not be brief. We like to linger at the table, sneaking cold potatoes with our fingers and refilling our wine glasses and talking and talking and talking. But recipes? Those can be brief—and maybe they should be, letting the ingredients or the technique speak the loudest. Thick, buttery salad dressing. Light biscuits easy enough to to make any morning of the week. Super creamy ice cream that's no-churn to boot. For these 23 recipes, the magic is in their simplicity: They each have only 3 ingredients or fewer.

One ingredient:

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The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Ice cream 

More: One-ingredient ice cream can be made with more than just bananas.

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Sugarfree Grape Jam (Scrucchiata) by Emiko

Jam

 

Two ingredients:

Homemade Crème Fraîche by A Cozy Kitchen

Creme Fraiche

 

Hervé This' Chocolate Mousse by Genius Recipes

Mousse 

 

Brown Butter Tomatoes by Amanda Hesser

Tomatoes

  

Magic Shell by Marian Bull

Magic Shell

 

Cookies and Cream Bars by Sarah Jampel

Cookies and Cream Bar

 

Everyday Avocado Dressing by Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

Dressing

 

King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits by Genius Recipes

Biscuits

  

Torrone Siciliano (Italian Almond Brittle) by Emiko

Torrone

 

Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile by Genius Recipes

Polenta

 

Three ingredients:

Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet by Alice Medrich

Torrone Sardo (Sardinian Nougat) by Emiko

Nougat

 

Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter by Genius Recipes

Zucchini butter

 

Brigadeiro (The Favorite Brazilian Sweet) by My Sweet Brigadeiro

  

Homemade Frozen Yogurt by Sarah Jampel

Frozen yogurt

  

Calabrian Walnut Cake (Torta di Noci) by Emiko

Cake

  

Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes

Baguette

 

Pretzel Shortbread Cookies by molly yeh

Cookies

 

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte by Genius Recipes

Torte 

 

Arrosticini (Barbecued Lamb Skewers) by Emiko

Lamb

 

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Sauce

 

Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria) by Emiko

Watermelon pudding

 

This story originally ran September 4, 2016—but we're bringing back an updated version in honor of Easiest, Fastest, Best Week

Have you found any magic 3-ingredients-or-fewer recipes? Tell us! 

Tags: 3 ingredients, 2 ingredients, 1 ingredient, magic