13 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes (With Only 3 Ingredients) For Busy Families

Maybe you’re busy, maybe you’re on a budget, or maybe you just don’t care to go all-out with an elaborate dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever the reason, these super-easy Thanksgiving recipes with only three ingredients each have you covered: They’re easy to make, but will taste like you spent hours making them. All of the flavor and none of the time? Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

You can find a little bit of everything in this Thanksgiving round-up: main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, and even desserts. So, no matter what course you’re looking to serve, there’s a quick and easy recipe you’ll be more than grateful for.

1. Stuffed Peppers

Hot peppers stuffed with garlic and herb goat cheese and honey will make for one sweetly spicy appetizer. Get the recipe from A Spicy Perspective .

A Spicy Perspective

2. Pull-Apart Bread

All you need for this cheesy appetizer are biscuits, cheese and butter. My three favorite ingredients! Get the recipe from Halfbaked Harvest.

Half Baked Harvest

3. Cranberry Sauce

Oranges, cranberries, and sugar combine for the easiest cranberry sauce you’ll ever make. Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping.

cranberry sauce photo
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4. Butternut Squash Soup

This hearty winter soup is beyond easy to make and quite fitting for the season. Get the recipe from The Skinny Chicks Cookbook.

The Skinny Chick's Cookbook

5. Roasted Cauliflower

Sprinkle some cauliflower with olive oil and cheese, and you’ve got yourself one delicious Thanksgiving side dish. Get the recipe from Steamy Kitchen.

Steamy Kitchen

6. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake

Cake mix, pumpkin and butter are all you need to throw in the slow cooker for this hassle-free dessert — freeing up your stove for other foods! Get the recipe from Willow Bird Baking here.

Willow Bird Baking

7. Pumpkin Pie Dip

If you’re looking for a dip for pretzels or cookies, this light and creamy pumpkin pie dip is a perfect option. Get the recipe from Mother Thyme.

Mother Thyme

8. Parmesan Baked Zucchini

Zucchini covered in ranch dressing and Parmesan cheese sounds like my kind of side dish. Get the Hidden Valley.

Hidden Valley

9. Cranberry Brie Bites

‘Tis the season for cranberries, so might as well add some cheese and bread to them to make them even more tasty. Get the recipe at Two Twenty One.

Two Twenty One

10. Crock-Pot Ham

Ham, pineapples, and brown sugar combine for one deliciously sweet meat option this Thanksgiving. Get the recipe from Crocking Girls.

Crockin' Girls

11. Cheese Spread

Cream cheese, caramel sauce, and toffee bits come together for one delightfully fall-themed cheese spread. Serve with apples, and this appetizer won’t disappoint. Get the recipe from She Wears Many Hats.

She Wears Many Hats

12. Gravy

Turkey drippings, chicken broth, and flour are all you need to make a killer gravy. Get the recipe from Real Simple.

Marcus Nilsson

13. Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash tastes amazing when it’s fresh from the oven, and even better with maple flavor (but that’s completely optional!). Get the recipe from PopSugar.


Here’s to the easiest Thanksgiving you’ll ever have! Now, you can spend less time cooking and more time eating because isn’t that what you’d rather be doing anyway?