As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, we like to go apple picking. And what do you do with all those apples you just picked? Make applesauce, of course.

This applesauce is crazy good. Both my boys fight over it and beg me to make more, and more, and more. And what’s more, there are only 3 ingredients!! If you don’t care for cinnamon, you can leave it out.


  • Lots of apples, any variety, peeled, cored and sliced into chunks
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-3 tsp. cinnamon

I have a large 7.25 qt. Le Creuset dutch oven that I use for this recipe. It is the ideal choice as it heats slowly and evenly which is what you need to simmer this applesauce to perfection.

Simply fill the dutch oven with apples to the top or nearly to the top. Add the water and simmer on low heat until apples start falling apart. Stir the pot every 15 minutes or so and turn down heat or add more water if the apples start to stick to the bottom of the pot. Keep simmering it until you get the desired consistency you prefer – more for smooth, less for chunky.

Remove from heat and add cinnamon, if desired.

Let cool and store in refrigerator. It will keep up to 2 weeks or maybe more. I don’t know for sure since it’s never hung around that long in our house.