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Nov 4, 2011 05:51 PM

2 or 3 ingredients recipes.

I recently discovered that you can make very good recipes with 2 or 3 ingredients.

Pumpkin spice muffin (1 can of pumpkin puree + 1 pack of instant cake)
Lemon bars (Lemon custard + 1 angel cake box)

Well, now I want more. I'm in love with the concept of using few ingredients.

Can you help me?

Anything that can be done with 2-3 or maybe 4?

Thank you.

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  1. Not to be *too* nit picky, but a box of cake isn't really one ingredient. OK, yeah, I'm being nit picky. :)

    But to actually answer your question, Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter, onion and tomatoes is one of my favorite easy comfort foods. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that you don't even have to chop the onions just raises it that much higher in my estimation.

    1. Marinated Tomato salad -- diced tomatoes, onions, and balsamic vinaigrette (i make my own, but one ingredient if you buy it)

      Broccoli Soup - steamed broccoli, roasted garlic and onions, broth/water, S & P (okay more than three)

      Mousse - eggs, chocolate, whipped cream

      Angel Hair Caponata - angel hair, tomatoes, garlic, basil (4)

      Baked Apples - cored apples, brown sugar, apple juice or 7-up, optional cinnamon

      1. Shrimp, jalapeno pepper sliver, bacon, brown sugar--broil

        chocolate ganache--chocolate, cream

        chicken wings, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic

        linguine w/ clam sauce--linguine, clam sauce, garlic, white wine

        heart attacks--hot dog, bacon, sugar

        1 c pb, 1 c sugar, 1 egg--pb cookies that taste like candy

        flour, yeast, water, salt--the best bread ever

        caprese salad--tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, basil

        1. :) Some of your 2-3 ingredient does not really count like instant cake.

          Anyway, are we talking about baked good or just any foods?

          There are tons of minimal ingredients for cooked dishes like:

          Pan fried green beans
          1) Green bean, 2) salt 3) oil 4) some water.

          1) egg whites, 2) sugar 3) vanilla 4) pinch of tartar.

          Toasted bread
          1) bread 2) butter

          No knead bread
          1) flour, 2) yeast 3) salt 4) water.

          In celebration of the instant cake tradition, here is one more.

          1) Instant noodle + 2) an egg.

          1. Roseanne Gold's 3-ingredient cookbooks are fun, creative. S & P free ingredients

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            1. re: cbjones1943

              p.s. I'm from NJ/NY. For at least 10 y I listened religiously to Arthur Schwartz' radio program on all aspects of food, food history, food lore, personal stories about food etc (as I recall, Arthur's mother was a terrible cook..not only was his show educational and entertaining, Arthur is very funny and, also, infectiously adorable BTW he has a website). Roseanne Gold is his best friend...