Diet Recipes

Spring Time with Green Garlic Pesto Pasta

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta with Blue Apron!  The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

Wow what a crazy week this has been for us!  As most of you know we’re currently building a new home, but our current house sold so quickly (within 24 hours!) that we had to be out much sooner than expected.  So we have spent the whole week packing up our entire house, patching up holes, touching up paint and let me just tell you that Blue Apron was a total life saver!

I knew I didn’t want to stock up our fridge the last week while living in our home as I didn’t want any produce to go to waste.  Plus we have been so incredibly busy that grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking just wasn’t going to happen.  That’s where Blue Apron came in!  Their easy-to-use meal delivery service couldn’t have been more convenient for us during this time and I was able to cook up some delicious dinners using wholesome farm-fresh ingredients rather than resorting to ordering pizza or take-out.  Oh and the best part is they delivered all the ingredients and recipe cards right to our doorstep in a sealed refrigerated box!

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

One of the great things I love about Blue Apron is that everything comes pre-measured and portioned out so not only does nothing go to waste, but it was actually extremely helpful since most of my kitchen items and measuring cups were all packed away!  I remember Chris being shocked when he came home and opened up our fridge.  He thought I had stocked up on a week’s worth of groceries because of all the vibrant produce and ingredients filling up the shelves, but I assured him that we were going to eat ALL of it and sure enough we did!

I’m always so impressed with how much delicious food can be packed so perfectly in a small refrigerated box.  This was also super convenient for us since we’ve been in and out of our house so much during the move.  Blue Apron delivered everything right to our door step and even though I knew we wouldn’t be home for most of the day, I could be rest-assured that everything would stay nice and cold until we got back home.  Everything delivered by Blue Apron is seasonal and all the fresh ingredients are sourced from quality suppliers and artisans so you KNOW that you’re eating quality food.  Feel free to read their mission statement and see for yourself how Blue Apron is developing a more sustainable food system.  I mean they even have their own recycling program!  This is definitely a company I’m proud to stand behind.

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

One of my favorite meals that we received in our box was this Green Garlic Pesto Pasta.  I mean talk about flavorful!  Usually when I think of pasta dishes I immediately think of a really “heavy” meal, but this recipe tasted SO light and fresh and the homemade pesto was literally to die for!  I mean the combination of arugula, garlic and lemon zest all sauteed together with a little olive oil and crushed red pepper was simple, yet incredible and we even got a generous side salad to pair with it!  Oh and the best part?  This whole entire meal took us only 30 minutes from start to finish!

Feel free to make these dishes all your own too.  I would have loved to have added some leftover chicken breasts as that would have tasted great tossed together with the pasta!  I do also want to note that this dish definitely allowed us leftovers since we ate this with the salad which was perfect because we didn’t have to worry about lunch the next day.  Oh and re-heating this pasta after it marinated in the pesto overnight??  Um perfection.  It tasted even better the next day!

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

I had actually never cooked with green garlic (otherwise known as “young garlic”) before, but that is yet another reason why I love cooking with Blue Apron.  Every box creates a new experience and I’m constantly forced to try new things!  Just a quick little tip – I found that green garlic burns pretty easily so make sure that your heat isn’t too high.  Luckily I caught this pretty quick so the garlic was still really flavorful.  After tossing the pasta with the pesto we topped our dish with a little Parmesan cheese and roasted almonds which, YES, were all included in our box as well!

Now let’s talk about this side salad.  I must say I was pretty impressed at how much salad it actually made for just the two of us and OH that creamy dressing made using lemon juice and mascarpone cheese was absolutely delicious!  We topped the salad with shredded carrot, crunchy sunflower seeds and a little Parmesan cheese that we had left over.  Everything was super light and fresh which was the perfect recipe to kick off spring!

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

Now this is just one of the many recipes that you can choose from and Blue Apron is constantly adding new seasonal dishes to their menu every week!  With so many delicious recipes each week, you know you’ll never get bored of preparing the same dish and every meal is between 500 to 800 calories per person!  I do want to note that the individual portions for each person are rather on the large side and we are usually always able to enjoy leftovers so that calorie count is pretty good!

The other meals we received in our box were spice rubbed pork with red onions and black beans as well as chicken meatballs over fregola sarda and kale.  My husband LOVED the pork while my favorite was this pasta dish and the meatballs.  This is one of the great things about Blue Apron, you get such a variety of meals so you aren’t stuck with the same old thing each week AND it forces you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.  I had actually never heard of fregola sarda before, which is essentially small round balls of pasta (similar to couscous) and they paired so perfectly with the pasta sauce and meatballs!

Kick off spring with this EASY Green Garlic Pesto Pasta! The perfect weeknight comfort meal made with all fresh ingredients in under 30 minutes!

Now how delicious does that look?!

Seriously if you are stuck in a rut not really knowing what to cook each week or simply just want to save some time preparing quality meals in your kitchen then I really encourage you to try Blue Apron!  It was such a lifesaver for us this past week and the food always tastes so great.  You can also completely customize your menu based on your family size and dietary preference.  There is no commitment and you can easily skip or cancel this service at any time!

Blue Apron has two types of plans – the 2-Person Plan and the Family Plan:

  • The 2-Person Plan offers deliveries once a week with three perfectly portioned meals for two that costs $9.99 per person per meal.  Shipping is always free!
  • The Family Plan is perfect for a family of four or six and you can choose to receive one or two deliveries per week, each delivery including two meals to be served family-style.  The price for this plan is $8.74 per person per meal which is such a great deal!

Luckily for you, Blue Apron has generously offered three FREE meals to the first 25 readers!  Click here to get started!

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always all opinions are 100% my own.

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