11 Easy Recipes That Use Just 3 Ingredients You Probably Already Have At Home

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Since resolving to order delivery food less, and not being very experienced when it comes to the kitchen, I’m always on the lookout for super easy meals I can make like the yummy 3-ingredient recipes below.

In fact, looking over the short list of ingredients, I totally have most of them in my cabinets and fridge just waiting to be transformed into a scrumptious dish!

I especially want to try out the ones that will let me bust out my slow cooker and let it do all the work for me. It’s basically become my best friend since starting this kick to cook more of my meals.

The only trouble is, I don’t know which one I want to whip up first.

Have you ever created any simple 3-ingredient recipes for your family to enjoy?

Or made any of the easy options below?

Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE these awesome recipes with your friends and family!

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1. Red Mac And Cheese

red mac and cheese

Lisa from Thrive Style explains how this spin on regular mac and cheese was a staple in her house growing up.

14 oz. tomato soup
4-6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups elbow or shell pasta

Cook the pasta and heat the tomato soup in separate pans. Add the cheese to the tomato soup and stir until melted. Drain the pasta and add to the soup mixture, mixing well.

2. Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

pretzel chicken

The whole family will love biting into these juicy, crunchy chicken tenders from Wry Toast.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1/2 cup honey mustard
1 1/3 cups crushed pretzels

Place the tenders in a large bowl and pour mustard, stirring to make sure each one is covered. Let this marinate in the fridge for about an hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 and grease a baking sheet. Crush your pretzels with a food processor or by placing inside a snack bag and breaking apart.

Coat the chicken with the pretzel crumbs and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crispy.

3. Pulled Pork

pulled pork

You might be surprised by this recipe’s surprising use of soda, but you won’t be able to deny the scrumptious results.

2 lb. pork tenderloin
1 can of root beer
1 bottle barbecue sauce

Put the tenderloin in the slow cooker on low, then pour the root beer over it. Allow to heat for about six hours or until the meat shreds easily.

Drain the root beer, then return the meat to the slow cooker and pour barbecue sauce over it, stirring until completely mixed.

4. Mozzarella Sticks

egg roll wrapper mozzarella sticks

This twist on traditional mozzarella sticks can be baked or fried for a yummy snack.

Egg roll wrappers
String cheese
1 egg

Lay the egg roll wrapper with the corners pointing out like a diamond, then place the string cheese on the bottom corner and roll to the top — tucking in the sides.

Beat the egg for an egg wash, then brush over the rolls. Heat in a greased pan until golden brown.

5. Orange Chicken

orange chicken

Jamie from Totally the Bomb got creative with another fizzy beverage for this simple recipe.

4-5 chicken breasts
1 can orange soda
1/3 cup soy sauce

Place all of the ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag, then allow to marinate in the fridge overnight.

Pour into your slow cooker and heat on low for six to eight hours.

6. Creamy Potato Soup

potato soup

Using pre-made frozen potatoes for this recipe from A Mom’s Take helps cut back on prep with onions and peppers already added in.

1 package frozen Potatoes O’Brien
1 packet of country gravy mix
4 tsps. chicken bouillon or 32 oz. chicken broth

Add all of the ingredients in a pot and mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer until it thickens.

7. Cream-less Creamed Corn

cream-less cream corn

I’ve never been a huge fan of creamed corn, but I would probably ask for seconds of this recipe from the New York Times.

4 large ears of corn
2 Tbsps. unsalted butter
2 Tbsps. minced shallot or red onion

Husk the corn and grate into a bowl using the large holes of a box grater. Melt one tablespoon of the butter in a saucepan and add shallots or red onion, cooking on medium heat until they’re tender.

Add the corn and mix well, then cook for another five minutes. Stir in the rest of the butter and remove from heat.

8. Baked Ham And Cheese Rollups

ham roll ups

Georgia from the Comfort of Cooking recommends dipping these rolls in some mustard or horseradish.

1 ball pizza dough
8 oz. thinly sliced ham
1 cup shredded mozzarella

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, then roll out the pizza dough on a floured counter. Press it into a rectangle shape, then arrange the ham in an even layer on top.

Sprinkle the cheese on top, then roll into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Bake on a greased pan for about 50 minutes.

9. Dried Beef Dip

9. Dried Beef Dip

You can add some sour cream to this recipe by Jamie from My Baking Addiction if you’d like a thinner dip.

16 oz. whipped-style cream cheese
1 jar chopped, dried beef
4 sliced green onions

Use an electric mixer to smooth out cream cheese in a medium bowl, then stir in the onions and dried beef until completely mixed.

Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

10. Ravioli Casserole

ravioli casserole

I would definitely sprinkle a dash of parmesan on top of this cheesy pasta bake from the Tasty Kitchen.

1 bag frozen ravioli
1 jar marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, then grease a rectangular baking dish. Pour 3/4 of the marinara sauce on the bottom, then layer half of the (still frozen) ravioli on top. Sprinkle half the mozzarella on top of that, then repeat with another layer.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

11. Zucchini Salad


This springy salad from the New York Times would totally hit the spot as a quick side dish.

2 medium zucchini
2 Tbsps. white wine vinegar
4 Tbsps. corn oil

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, then wash, trim, and slice zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for five to seven minutes.

Pour them into a bowl and toss with the vinegar and oil.

Do you have your own three-ingredient recipes you rely on for a fast homemade meal?

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