Meals should not be brief. We like to linger at the table, sneaking cold potatoes with our fingers and refilling our wine glasses and talking and talking and talking. But recipes? Those can be brief — and maybe they should be, letting the ingredients or the technique speak the loudest. Thick, buttery salad dressing. Light biscuits easy enough to to make any morning of the week. Super creamy ice cream that's no-churn to boot. For these 23 recipes, the magic is in their simplicity: They each have only three ingredients or fewer.

One ingredient:

The Kitchn's one-ingredient ice cream by Genius Recipes

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More: One-ingredient ice cream can be made with more than just bananas.

Sugarfree grape jam (scrucchiata) by Emiko

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Two ingredients:

Homemade crème fraîche by A Cozy Kitchen

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Hervé This' chocolate mousse by Genius Recipes

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Brown butter tomatoes by Amanda Hesser

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Magic shell by Marian Bull

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Cookies and cream bars by Sarah Jampel

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Everyday avocado dressing by Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

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King Arthur Flour's never-fail biscuits by Genius Recipes

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Torrone Siciliano (Italian almond brittle) by Emiko

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Carlo Middione's polenta facile by Genius Recipes

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Three ingredients:

Peachy buttermilk sherbet by Alice Medrich

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Torrone Sardo (Sardinian nougat) by Emiko

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Jennie Cook's zucchini butter by Genius Recipes

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Brigadeiro (the favorite Brazilian sweet) by My Sweet Brigadeiro

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Homemade frozen yogurt by Sarah Jampel

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Calabrian walnut cake (Torta di noci) by Emiko

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Dan Leader's 4-hour baguette by Genius Recipes

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Pretzel shortbread cookies by molly yeh

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Rose Levy Beranbaum's chocolate oblivion truffle torte byGenius Recipes

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Arrosticini (barbecued lamb skewers) by Emiko

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Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with onion and butter by Genius Recipes

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Watermelon pudding (Gelo d'anguria) by Emiko

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 23 of our favorite recipes made with 3 ingredients or fewer.