13 Ridiculously Easy Recipes With Just 3 Ingredients

collage of various 3 ingredient recipes

This isn’t a cooking blog for a good reason — although I don’t mind cooking, it isn’t my strongest skill. I do enjoy putting a nice meal on the table for dinner, but sometimes it can be a lot of work. If you’re like me, you may get a little tired of spending so much of your time and effort in the kitchen!

It can seem like the only alternative to cooking is shelling out a small fortune for takeout or delivery, but that’s just not true! And I hope to prove it to you in today’s post, where I’ll be sharing 13 extremely easy recipes you can make with just a few ingredients.

Related: 7 Easy Meals To Make When You Have Zero Time

I hope these recipes from OGT and around the web will help you find some time to relax. And if you know of any to-die-for 3 ingredient recipes that aren’t mentioned here, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! :-)

13 Ridiculously Easy 3-Ingredient Recipes

apple dump cake

1. Apple Dump Cake

Looking for a sweet treat you can pull together with minimal effort? Try this Apple Dump Cake on for size! Pour the ingredients into your Instant Pot, turn it on, and you’ll be enjoying this warm and gooey cobbler-esque cake in no time.

dipping a chip into chili cheese dip

2. Chili Cheese Dip

Question: What do you get when you combine a can of chili, a jar of salsa, and a block of cream cheese? Answer: A deliciously simple chili cheese dip you’ll be hard pressed to stop eating!

This dip is a staple at our house on special occasions, because you’re just not really celebrating if you’re not eating copious amounts of chips and dip. Give it a try, and I bet your family will love it as much as we do!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies sitting on a cooling rack

3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

We may be deeply into winter, but there’s never a bad time to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. This version is as quick and easy as it gets, so you can spend less time making a mess of your kitchen and more time eating cookies. :-)

meatballs in a slow cooker

4. Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs are truly effortless to make. Just dump a few things in your crockpot, turn it on, and wait for the magic to happen! A few of them make a great snack, or you can spoon them over rice or noodles to make it a meal.

homemade pizza on a table

5. Multi-Purpose Dough

I’m including this versatile dough on this list even though it’s called “2 ingredient dough,” because you may need to use 3 if you don’t have self-rising flour on hand. But regardless of how many ingredients to use, you’ll find no shortage of ways to use it!

From bagels to cinnamon rolls, this is truly a multi-purpose dough worth trying for yourself!

shredded chicken sandwich and shredded chicken tacos

6. “Dump” Chicken

“Dump” recipes may not sound all that appetizing, but in my experience, they’re actually quite delicious! And they couldn’t be any easier either, because all you have to do is dump the ingredients into a slow cooker or Instant Pot to make them.

For a deliciously simple 3 ingredient dump meal, try the Salsa Chicken or Honey Dijon Chicken varieties.

Related: 13 Stress-Free Sheet Pan Meals We All Need Right Now

Chicken Stir Fry in a bowl on a table

7. Chicken Stir Fry

Some recipes will never taste quite as good if you take a few shortcuts along the way, but this recipe is not one of them. This recipe fully embraces shortcuts, allowing you to get the world’s easiest chicken stir fry on the table in record time and with just a few ingredients.

Sausage & Fennel Pasta on a platter

8. Sausage & Fennel Pasta

From Epicurious

Sausage and fennel always pair well together, and this pasta dish is a celebration of that pairing! Because this is such a simple recipe, make sure to use good quality Italian sausage and fresh fennel to get the best flavor.

Want to take this simple and flavorful dish to the next level? Use fresh pasta from a local pasta maker, or try your hand at making your own fresh pasta at home!

close up of Nutella Mug Cake

9. Nutella Mug Cake

From Kathleen’s Cravings

Mug cakes are a great option for satisfying your sweet tooth without spending a lot of time or effort in the kitchen. This Nutella mug cake keeps things super simple, so you can be enjoying a gooey, chocolate-y treat in minutes!

meatloaf in a pan and on a plate

10. Meatloaf

From One Little Project

There’s a huge number and variety of meatloaf recipes out there, and they run the gamut from super simple to elaborate and complicated. This one is definitely the former, calling for only ground beef, stuffing mix, and a little bit of milk.

Serve this meatloaf with some mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable side dish, and voila, dinner is ready!

Swedish Meatballs in a bowl on a table

11. Swedish Meatballs

From Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Swedish meatballs are a great choice for an easy weeknight dinner. They’re quick, easy, and always satisfying—especially if it happens to be a bit chilly outside!

biscuits on a platter

12. Biscuits

FromThe View from Great Island

There’s no wrong time to eat biscuits, in my opinion. For instance, you could have biscuits and gravy for breakfast, a biscuit sandwich for lunch, and a stew with biscuits on top for dinner!

You can make these fluffy and delicious biscuits with just three ingredients, and use them however and whenever you like! :-)

Orange Chicken in a bowl with white rice

13. Orange Chicken

From Dinner Then Dessert

When a takeout craving strikes, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by making your takeout favorites at home! This orange chicken is a quick and easy dinner, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

What are your favorite 3 ingredient recipes?

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  • I actually found a super easy pumpkin bread recipe a few years ago . I just use a can of pumpkin, a spice cake mix and chocolate chips are optional. You can also do pumpkin muffins with it. It doesn’t last very long at our house.

  • The Sausage and Fennel Pasta looks wonderful, but there is no recipe there, just a video showing it being made with no one explaining anything, no ingredient amounts, no cooking times or temperatures. Help!

  • My mom tried the Dough recipe and wasn’t able to get it to turn out. I actually sent the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to a cookbook company. They were looking for recipes. I ended getting one of their cookbooks for free because they chose to use my recipe.

  • Hello. I just made breadsticks out of the two-ingredient dough. They were fabulous. I added extra seasonings and topped with Parmesan cheese. Thank you for the recipe!! Now I know what to do with all the flour I bought at Costco lol

  • Hi – can you be more specific with the ingredients for the stir fry sauce you used in the Chicken Stir Fry recipe? The link to the Utah Fry Sauce doesn’t look the same at all. Thank you!

  • I’ve done the pb cookies Dianne posted before. They’re also a good option for g free cookies. I do have a Cherry Dump Cale recipe- 4 ingredients. Spray the bottom of 9×13 pan . Spread Cherry pie filling in pan, then dump a can of crushed Pineapple on top. Then add pkg of yellow cake mix on top of it . Then melt a cube of butter/margarine and drizzle over top of cake mix. Bake about 45 min at 350. Can serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top.This is one of my favorite easy recipes.

  • I can’t say that I have any 3-ingredient recipes, but this is one 4-ingredient appetizer/muchie recipe I learned at a get-together:

    Hungry Jack biscuit dough
    Imitation crab meat
    Shredded cheese

    Split each unbaked biscuit into two layers and poke one into a mini-muffin pan well. Mix the crab, mayo and cheese to taste and put some into each biscuit. Bake at 350F for 10(?) minutes or until the biscuits are browned and filling is bubbly.

    Otherwise, a skillet cookie is a nice go-to when I don’t want to make a whole batch.

  • Peanut Butter Cookies

    1 cup brown sugar
    1 c peanut butter, smooth or chunky
    1 egg

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate while the oven preheats. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use tablespoon to drop scoops of dough, 2 inches apart. Use fork to flatten with crosshatch design. (Dipping the fork in water will prevent sticking.) Cook 8 – 10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheets

  • 3 Ingredient Fudge:

    3 cups chocolate chips
    1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
    2 Tbsp. butter

    Pour all ingredients into a microwave-proof bowl. Melt in 30 sec. intervals. Stir every 30 secs. When melted, pour into a greased 8 X 8 inch pan. Let cool in fridge and then cut into pieces.

  • Love your information. Have a suggestion for the issue with spraying a muffin pan. I was frustrated with the spray going beyond the tin so I now put the tin in the sink and then spray.
    Much easier to clean the overspray.
    Thank you for caring.

  • I had some Solo filling left after making kolaches & didn’t want to waste it. So I whipped up some whipping cream & mixed the two together. This makes a great dip for graham crackers or vanilla wafers. The beauty is there are so many different flavors of Solo you can decide which one fits your need. Enjoy experimenting.

      • solofoods.com I had to wade through a bunch of Star Wars results to find it, so saving everyone else the time.

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