1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The operative word here, or in this case number, is 1.  The recipe for 1 Easy Cranberry Sauce calls for 1 bag (12 oz.) of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of orange juice. That’s all it takes to make a delicious homemade cranberry sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and tart to complement your Thanksgiving turkey. If there was a contest for the simplest recipe ever this one would surely be in the running. Just put 3 ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on high, and cook for 4 hours.

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. | QueenofMyKitchen.com


If you use a slow cooker liner, which I highly recommend, there is virtually no cleanup – the only thing you’ll need to wash is a measuring cup. Slow cooker liners are over-sized heat safe plastic bags that you use to line the slow cooker insert. All your ingredients cook inside of the liner, eliminating the sometimes messy cleanup required to scrub the ceramic insert clean. You can buy slow cooker liners in the grocery store.  They’re usually in the same aisle as the aluminum foil and plastic storage bags.

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

You can make this cranberry sauce on the stove top as well (instructions are on the printable recipe below) but using a slow cooker allows you to “set it and forget it” and you won’t have to worry about washing out the saucepan or cranberry sauce splattering on your stove top.

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This cranberry sauce is great to make ahead of time (it freezes well) but it’s simple enough to make on Thanksgiving morning too. If you opt for Thanksgiving morning just be sure you allow enough time for the sauce to cool – it needs to at least come to room temperature to thicken to the right saucy consistency.  

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1 Easy Cranberry Sauce
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 - 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
Instructions
  1. Slow Cooker method: Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving or transferring to a storage container. Keep any unused sauce refrigerated. Tip: Use a crock pot liner for easy clean up.
  2. Stove top method: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir well and then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving or transferring to a storage container. Keep any unused sauce refrigerated.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons, Calories: 43, Fat: 0g, Saturated fat: 0g, Unsaturated fat: 0, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Sugar: 10g, Sodium: .5mg, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg

 

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1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #Thanksgiving

14 comments on “1 Easy Cranberry Sauce”

    • I know Truvia cannot be used for baking (unless you use the baking blend) but I think it would work fine in this recipe, however, I would not do a 1 to 1 replacement since Truvia is sweeter than sugar. Try making it with 1/4 Truvia cup and you can always add more after it’s done if it’s not sweet enough. I haven’t tried the recipe with Truvia so can’t make any guarantees but I think it would work fine. I have another cranberry sauce recipe – a Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce that uses Splenda – http://www.queenofmykitchen.com/low-sugar-gingerbread-cranberry-sauce/. I know that recipe works. Hope that helps. Happy Thanksgiving!

      • If you make it before and refrigerate it, do you let it come to room temp before serving? Also, I’m going to make 1/2 batch of your recipe. How long would it cook in crockpot? I will use a small/dip-size crockpot.

        • I store mine in the fridge and usually let it come to room temp before serving. If you’re halving the recipe, try about half the time – 2 to 2 1/2 hours. When it’s done it will be very hot and bubbly. As it cools it will thicken. Hope that helps. Happy Thanksgiving!

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