It can be incredibly dismaying to come across a mouthwatering recipe only to find the ingredient list alone is an entire page long, and you don't have a single thing already stocked in the pantry. The thought of trekking to a crowded grocery store and spending more than usual to make just one dish is enough to make you consider ordering in. Thankfully not all recipes require endless ingredients. In fact, some call for no more than two.
If you avoid the kitchen at all costs or are too busy most of the time to make anything yourself, then a two-ingredient recipe might just be simple enough to consider whipping up a meal at home. Thanks to a few culinary geniuses, you can make everything from appetizers and snacks to main courses and even desserts; using just two ingredients. It sounds too good to be true, but with the right ingredients and a little bit of innovation, you can master the art of minimalist cooking. Note that we did not count pantry staples like salt and pepper as an ingredient. Test your skills with these 12 two-ingredient recipes even the most novice home cook can prepare.
Black Plum Preserves
The Recipe: Black Plum Preserves by Spoon Fork Bacon
The Ingredients: Black Plums + Sugar
The Results: Combine pitted and quartered plums in a pot with sugar and bring to a boil. You'll need to stir the mixture and let it cool and return to heat a few times, but you'll be left with a beautiful homemade jam.
Pro Tip: Let preserves rest for a few hours before enjoying. Pair this easy recipe with one of these lemon bread recipes.
The Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins by Liv for Cake
The Ingredients: Spice Cake Mix + Pumpkin Puree
The Results: In less than 25 minutes, reach for these fall-inspired treats for a comforting dessert or light snack. Just combine the two ingredients, scoop into two greased muffin tins, and pop them into the oven.
Pro Tip: If you're looking for something a little extra, top muffins with coarse sugar and ground cinnamon. Serve these muffins alongside a steamy flat white.
The Recipe: Coconut Yogurt by Minimalist Baker
The Ingredients: Coconut Milk + Probiotic Capsules
The Results: Enjoy a healthy, vegan yogurt with a rich coconut flavor. It takes at least 24 hours for the ingredients to work their magic, but the creamy homemade yogurt is worth the wait.
Pro Tip: Dress yogurt up with some mixed berries and a touch of honey for a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack. Or, use it as a base for a smoothie bowl.
The Recipe: Healthy Pancakes by Top With Cinnamon
The Ingredients: Banana + Eggs
The Results: Fluffy, golden brown pancakes are made from these two basic ingredients. Simply stir together one banana and two eggs before pouring a circle of the batter on a heated skillet.
Pro Tip: Make your pancakes small; they'll be easier to flip and won't fall apart. Serve this sweet breakfast item with something savory, like a frittata.
The Recipe: Pumpkin Pasta by Half Baked Harvest
The Ingredients: Pumpkin Purée + Flour
The Results: Pumpkin purée and flour blend together to make a simple pasta dough. Once the dough is rolled and cut to your liking, drop the noodles in a pot of boiling water to cook. While the base of this meal requires two ingredients, you'll need a few more to prepare the sauce that it's paired with.
Pro Tip: No pasta machine? No problem; all you need is a rolling pin and knife to hand-cut the strands. Pair this pasta with a low-carb wine, for balance.
The Recipe: Homemade Pasta by Bigger Bolder Baking
The Ingredients: Self-Rising Flour + Eggs
The Results: Fresh, homemade pasta to enjoy immediately; or that can be stored uncooked and covered in the fridge for several days, or frozen for up to eight weeks. Just combine flour and eggs in a mixing bowl and use your hands to create the dough before refrigerating. Then, use a rolling pin and some flour to roll out the dough, and use a knife to cut pasta into strips.
Pro Tip: Drizzle some olive oil over pasta to prevent strands from sticking together.
Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
The Recipe: Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Two Peas & Their Pod
The Ingredients: Banana + Peanut Butter
The Results: Creamy, frozen ice cream, no dairy needed.
Pro Tip: If you don't have a powerful blender, be patient when blending the frozen bananas; it may take some time to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.
Spicy Dark Chocolate Mousse
The Recipe: Spicy Dark Chocolate Mousse by I Am A Food Blog
The Ingredients: Chocolate + Tabasco
The Results: Simmer chocolate and water together before whisking in just a teaspoon of Tabasco until the mixture thickens to create a mousse-like texture.
Pro Tip: You'll want to refrigerate your creation straight away before adding some mint to garnish the sweet and spicy two-ingredient dessert.
Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
The Recipe: Strawberry Banana Ice Cream by Two Peas & Their Pod
The Ingredients: Bananas + Strawberries
The Results: Guilt-free ice cream made with just strawberries and very ripe bananas has never been easier. Simply puree the frozen fruit and pop it back in the freezer to set for a healthy treat with a true ice cream consistency.
Pro Tip: To ensure ice cream consistency, begin with frozen bananas and strawberries before whirling together in a high-powered blender.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
The Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken by Two Peas & Their Pod
The Ingredients: Chicken Breasts + Barbecue Sauce
The Results: When you pour barbecue sauce over boneless, skinless chicken breasts and fire up the slow cooker, you'll have a flavorful protein to serve up however you like in as little as three hours.
Pro Tip: Pair with a soft bun for a delicious sandwich, or toss in a bed of lettuce for a tasty salad. If you've got an onion on-hand, chop it up and throw it in the slow cooker too.
The Recipe: Two Ingredient Nutella Brownies by Bigger Bolder Baking
The Ingredients: Eggs + Nutella
The Results: With a pinch of sea salt, this is probably one of the easiest dessert recipes out there. Just whisk eggs and warmed Nutella together, then pour and let set in a pan to cool completely.
Pro Tip: These brownies can last up to three months in the freezer; just separate each brownie square with parchment paper, and store in an airtight container.
The Recipe: Pizza Dough by The Gunny Sack
The Ingredients: Self-Rising Flour + Greek Yogurt
The Results: Self-rising flour does most of the work, while all you need to do is combine it with Greek yogurt, use a stand mixer with dough hook attachment to mix at low, then medium speed before rolling and shaping onto a baking sheet or pizza stone.
Pro Tip: For a boost of flavor, brush edges of pizza crust with garlic butter. Top with one of these veggie toppings combinations, like mushroom and goat cheese.