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Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

File this under “easiest cranberry sauce recipe ever.” The only ingredients you need are raw fresh cranberries, a couple of oranges and some sugar, but it delivers with delicious flavor and adds gorgeous color to your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: While it’s cooking, it makes your house smell extra festive.

Enjoy!

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Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Large saucepan
  • Citrus juicer
  • Zester

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (or you can use bottled)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Bring orange juice, water and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. 
  • Add cranberries, orange zest and salt and bring back to a boil, stirring often (cranberry skins will start to burst open at this point).
  • Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with more orange zest, and chill until you’re ready to serve (you can make this the night before to save time and stovetop space on Thanksgiving Day).
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As a former food editor and everyday home cook, I’ve spent the past 15+ years testing, tasting and saving delicious, Octofree recipes for my family. It’s with lots of love that I share the best of the bunch with you, along with tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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