25 Easy Recipes With Only 3 Ingredients

Fresh Whole Roaster Chicken


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Mealtime Tri-Umphs

Cooking at home is usually healthier and cheaper than going out, but lingering pandemic complications make quick and easy recipes essential. Forget about hunting down a long list of ingredients and embrace the simplicity captured in the TikTok phenomenon of "Uunifetapasta" (the baked feta pasta dish the world went crazy for as 2021 rolled in); we've rounded up our favorite three-ingredient recipes — 25 of them, ranging from breakfast to dessert. As long as you have kitchen staples such as salt, pepper, and olive oil, these tasty recipes will be a breeze.

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Cheddar Broccoli Egg Muffins
Creamy Lemon Pasta

Creamy Lemon Pasta

Egg noodles, the zest and juice from a few lemons, and heavy cream: That's really all it takes to make this simple and delicious pasta recipe from food writer Barb Kafka.

Recipe: Food52

Related: 16 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes for Summer

Tomato Sauce

Marcella Hazan's Famous Tomato Sauce

Speaking of pasta, this classic tomato sauce from famed Italian food writer Marcella Hazan is somehow only three ingredients, plus salt, and will impress all your foodie friends. Serve over pasta or even leftover rice. For true Italian nonna status, make an extra large batch and freeze half for later.

Recipe: The Kitchn

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Gnocchi with Spinach and Sausage

Gnocchi With Chicken Sausage and Spinach

This fun weeknight recipe is endlessly customizable. It calls for gnocchi, chicken sausage, and spinach, but it's easy to swap in other veggies or meats. Prefer arugula? Just have bacon? Throw those in instead — whatever you feel like.

Recipe: Family Food on the Table

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Baked Eggs in Avocado

Baked Eggs in Avocado

We love the simplicity of this recipe for eggs baked in avocado and spread over toast. But if you're looking to cut carbs or just don't feel like making toast, it's delicious on its own.

Recipe: White on Rice Couple

Related: 13 Simple Ways to Cook Eggs

Shredded Chicken
Instant Pot Pot Roast
Pulled Pork=
grilled chicken wings
Fresh Whole Roaster Chicken
Steak and Potatoes

3-Ingredient Steak With Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

This steak dish is another elegant, date-night-appropriate recipe, and it's as hearty to eat as it is easy to make. Celebrate your smashing culinary success by toasting with your favorite red wine.

Recipe: Epicurious

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Easy 3-Ingredient Chili

Hearty, filling, and inexpensive, there's nothing like a good chili. Don't worry, we managed to find a three-ingredient version — but don't be afraid to customize it. Have black beans, not chili beans? Want to add some smoked paprika? Follow your heart.

Recipe: I Heart Naptime

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Orange, Fennel, Onion Salad
homemade bread loaf
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Banana Cinnamon Roll
Vegan Pancakes

3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes

If you're vegan and/or gluten-free, this recipe for pancakes will be just right. All you'll need are gluten-free oats or oat flour, almond milk, and spotty bananas. It includes recommended add-ons and syrup recipes if you want to zhuzh up your morning.

Recipe: Simple Sweet Vegan

Related: 15 Homemade Vegan Meals Under $4

French Toast
Cloud Bread
Watermelon Granita
Nutella Brownies
Mango Cheesecake

Mango Cheesecake

This genius Instant Pot recipe for mango cheesecake will surprise and delight whomever you're serving. Condensed milk, yogurt, and mango puree come together beautifully for an exquisite crust-less dessert.

Recipe: My Heart Beets

Related: 20 Cheap and Easy Cheesecake Recipes

Mini Strawberry Pies

Mini Strawberry Pies

You'd think a pie would be more complicated, but these adorable mini strawberry pies involve really only three ingredients and are easy to make with ready-made puff pastry and fresh berries. They're delicious with Nutella, if you have it around.

Recipe: Brit + Co

Related: 22 Classic Pie Recipes

Chocolate Mousse
Banana Sushi