The 10 Most Popular Big Little Recipes of 2020

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re sharing this year’s greatest hits.


While I imagine there is very little, if anything, that any of us would like to repeat from 2020, I hope that you also found some recipes to carry into January and beyond. I’m biased, I admit, but this year made me appreciate minimalist cooking and baking more than ever before—those dishes whose ingredient lists ask very, very little of us and never apologize for their simplicity. These are the most popular Big Little Recipes from 2020. Let’s take them with us toward a brand-new year.

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The Garlickiest, Butteriest, Simplest Pasta Sauce

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re going from garlicky to garlickiest.


When my kitchen is out of milk and eggs and greens and, most concerningly, coffee, I can still count on these staples, sturdy as they come: pasta, garlic, and butter. This weeknight dinner needs nothing more.

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Ritz Cracker Shortbread Is a Holiday Miracle

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re turning crackers into cookies.


Shortbread’s ingredient list is so little to begin with—just flour, butter, and sugar—that if you took away anything, the whole shebang would fall apart. But this snackable rendition calls for no flour, not all-purpose, not pastry, not whole-wheat. Instead: a box of crackers that might already be in your pantry.

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The Mysterious Origins of Grandma’s Mushroom Puffs

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re baking up a family favorite.


When I asked my grandma when she started making her family-famous mushroom puffs, she started counting backward by husbands. In total, there were three, all of whom have been dead for years. She didn’t make them for Jerry and probably not Bob, but definitely Arnie, which shakes out to (give or take) 30 years.

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Our Resident Minimalist’s Faves for a Happy Kitchen & Home

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. And this week, columnist Emma Laperruque is showing us her go-to tools that help those recipes come to life.

Long before I was an …

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. And this week, columnist Emma Laperruque is showing us her go-to tools that help those recipes come to life.


Long before I was an editor at Food52, I was a reader—and a shopper. In particular, I remember one holiday (or was it an anniversary?), not long after my husband and I started dating, when we both surprised each other with gifts from The Shop. He got me a pizza stone that our future cat would shatter—don’t ask—and I got him a tiffin that he no longer uses now that we both work remotely.

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How to Make Savory-Sweet Shallot Jam With 3 Ingredients

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re making a savory jam to smear on everything.


On a good day, jam refers to “a food made by boiling fruit and sugar to a thick consistency.” Or on a bad one, “a crowded mass that impedes or blocks movement.” This three-ingredient jam is neither.

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Making Chicken for Thanksgiving? Brine It in Olive Juice.

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re wet-brining without the fuss.


By this time each year, you’ve probably heard the word brine in relation to turkey many, many, many times.

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This Gooey-Cheesy Chickpea Bowl Is Me at My Laziest

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re turning a can of chickpeas into dinner.


There are many ways to make mac and cheese, from baked to stovetop to box, but it’s safe to say that all of these, despite their differences, include mac, aka macaroni, aka tubular noodles. This Big Little Recipe does not.

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Roasted Parsnips for Dessert? Yes.

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else—flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst: We don’t count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butte…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else—flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst: We don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re roasting parsnips, but not for dinner.


While some dishes stay constant at my family’s Thanksgiving—like lemon-herb turkey and roasted potatoes and boozy cranberry sauce—dessert is a free-for-all. We’ve tried pecan pie, lemon pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream pie, pumpkin mousse, apple galette, pear crisp, and dozens of others.

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A Cheesy, Creamy Broccoli Rabe Gratin in 3 Ingredients

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else—flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst: We don’t count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butte…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else—flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst: We don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week, we’re making a dish that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.


A few fun facts about broccoli rabe: It’s also known as broccoli raab and rapini. It first arrived in the U.S. thanks to Italian farmers in the early 20th century. It’s a cousin to the cabbage and turnip. And it’s often used as animal fodder.

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