I have a confession to make — I am a cranberry sauce convert! Before this recipe, I did not usually go for the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving!    This 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce changed my mind about this holiday favorite!


What definitely changed my opinion was how easy this recipe is.  I think I was a little intimidated by it.  This side dish starts with these beautiful cranberries! This turns into …..



It not only uses 3-ingredients (cranberries, orange juice, and sugar) but it only takes 10 minutes to make.

In a large saucepan, heat up the orange juice and sugar until it dissolves.  Add the cranberries until they start to pop — once popped, these will soften up on their own.  It takes about ten minutes.


Remove the cranberry sauce from the pot into a bowl and let it cool and thicken.


Once it thickens, you can serve it with the rest of your side dishes!

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 12 oz bag Fresh Cranberries


  • In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in orange juice
  • Stir in cranberries and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries start to pop
  • Remove from heat and transfer to bowl
  • Serve once it thickens up


Here are some other Thanksgiving Side Dishes to enjoy:

Homemade Bread Dressing

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Glazed Vegetables


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As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!

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