Our 12 Most Popular 3-Ingredient Recipes of 2022

published Dec 27, 2022
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Sicilian ice cream sandwiches stacked
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Barrett Washburne

Here’s the scene: You’re at home, hungry, and staring at the blank space that is your pantry. Little do you know, though, that a slew of foolproof and mouth-watering dishes are within your reach with just a few ingredients. If you’re skeptical, you’ve come to the right place — because we’re obsessed with three-ingredient recipes.

Last year, our hearts pulsed for dishes like saucy penne pasta, crispy fritters, and potatoes. And in 2022, a new guard of three-ingredient recipes delivered an overload of satisfaction, confirming our belief that cooking is indeed magic or, in less glamorous cases, simply getting us through a busy weeknight. Recipes with minimal ingredients and maximum flavor will never go out of style. Here are 12 three-ingredient recipes that made a huge splash with our readers this year.

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Brown Butter Soft Scrambled Eggs

We love when a recipe takes something we already know and love, and turns it on its head. Light and creamy eggs get reinforced by a sweet, nutty backbone in these brown butter scrambled eggs.

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Raspberry Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Dip

As long as you have cream cheese, raspberry pepper jelly, and Ritz crackers, you can make this sweet and savory appetizer.

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Deep-Fried Brussels Sprouts

These deep-fried Brussels sprouts are crispy, savory, and deeply golden-brown.

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Halva Recipe

Halva, which goes by at least a half-dozen names — including halvah, halava, and halwa — is a dense, fudge-like confection of Persian origin that combines tahini, sugar, and a splash of vanilla.

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Although it has that wow factor when you bring it to the table, grilled beef tenderloin is actually fairly easy to prepare.

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Buttered Noodles

Hot buttered, slurpable egg noodles hit with Parmesan cheese: The key to a good weeknight dinner is to keep it simple.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This creamy, refreshing peanut butter and banana smoothie is the delicious product of blending up three ingredients.

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Sicilian Ice Cream Sandwich

Gelato, butter, brioche bread: Three simple ingredients get squished together to become the ultimate summer treat.

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

A three-ingredient fast-and-fancy appetizer with colorful peppers and milky mozzarella cheese.

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Sticky Rice With Mango (or Bananas)
This comforting combination of rice, milk, and fruit is a Bangladeshi Ramadan favorite.
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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen hot chocolate, as its name suggests, tastes just like hot chocolate except it's cold and refreshing. The simple drinkable dessert will help you stay cool with very little effort.

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Pizza Pockets

A can of crescent roll dough stars in this scrumptious meal.

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