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3 Ingredient No Churn Gelato Ice Cream

close-up photo of a scoop of No Churn Gelato Ice Cream
This is the easiest ice cream recipe ever. Just 3 ingredients, no ice cream maker needed, and virtually no work. The result is a super creamy gelato.

I haven’t made any ice cream yet this summer. I’m not sure why, but I just haven’t really had the time and patience to wait for the ice cream maker, freeze, wash all those dishes, etc. Then I came across this ridiculously easy 3 ingredient ice cream recipe.

photo of a bowl of No Churn Gelato Ice Cream

I had my doubts, but I tried it, and it works! The consistency is like gelato. You won’t believe this wasn’t made in a machine.
overhead photo of an ice cream scoop scooping some gelato
This recipe barely requires any work. You add the three ingredients, whisk a few strokes, pour it into a container, freeze, and then it’s ready to eat. It’s delicious just as it is, but it would be perfect for serving with desserts like my Easy Blueberry Tart.
photo of a can of condensed milk, a carton of sour cream, and a container of vanilla paste

photo collage showing steps in making the gelato base
One of the main ingredients is sour cream, which had me a little worried because I don’t really like sour cream ice cream, but the taste is very faint. I can’t wait to use this as a base for other flavors.

Is it just me or does anyone else miss the old school ice cream scoops that have a release lever? I like that the commercial-style scoops cut through ice cream easily, but I can’t get pretty ice cream scoops. A lot of the release lever ones I purchased broke easily, but then I found this one from OXO* a few years ago and it’s been my go-to scoop ever since, even though I actually have a drawer full of ice cream scoops. It is sturdy and makes pretty scoops.
close-up photo of a scoop of ice cream
You can view the full recipe on Lady and Pups. One note, I used vanilla bean paste rather than vanilla extract because it has a richer vanilla flavor and aroma.

If you love ice cream desserts you might like my Cotton Candy Affogato!

3 Ingredient No Churn Gelato Ice Cream

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This is the easiest ice cream recipe ever. Just 3 ingredients, no ice cream maker needed, and virtually no work. The result is a super creamy gelato.


  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste


  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk all of the ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a container. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for six hours or overnight.


Recipe source: Lady and Pups

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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9 comments on “3 Ingredient No Churn Gelato Ice Cream”

  1. Hey Kirbie,

    out of all your ice cream scoops, which one is your favourite and why?
    I have the OXO Trigger Release scoop and I either got a dud or it is truly useless as it doesn’t release…anything. I’ve tried warming it in water, but nothing works. Everything (ice cream, gelato, cookie dough) gets stuck and I end up digging it out with a scoop or my finger. 😛

    • Hi Jubes, the OXO SteeL Ice Cream Scoop, which is the one I linked to in this post, is my favorite. I have about half dozen scoopers and this is the only one that released the ice cream and makes nice round scoops.

  2. i made this today,its so sweet!how can i reduce the sweet?

  3. I need to try making this! The use of sour cream makes me skeptical, but if you say the flavor is ‘faint’, I’ll give it a go. The end product looks pretty good!