Review of Dinnerly's Spinach Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Review Summary

Dinnerly took a simpler "deconstructed" take on pesto with this recipe, and ended up with a pretty tasty meal that you can easily put together in less than 30 minutes.

The biggest short-cut in this "pesto" recipe is actually not making a pesto at all. Typically, you'd pull out the blender and combine ingredients into a smooth sauce - the pesto. In this version, Dinnerly has you using the same ingredients separately added to pasta. Still a tasty option, but if you're expecting a traditional Pesto - this is not it.

I did like the flavors in the dish. The roasted tomatoes provide a slightly sweet, acidic sauce for the pasta, along with the olive oil and parmesan cheese. I love spinach, and slightly wilted, it's great in this dish. I didn't think the chopped almonds had much flavor....but did give the pasta a nice texture component.

Try Dinnerly at a Discount

Overall, the flavor was good, but not a big bunch like traditional pestos, and probably would have been helped with a bit more parmesan cheese, some red pepper flakes or some other component to add a bit more complexity.

It took me about 25 minutes to cook the recipe (while also filming) so I think you can get it done very quickly. And the directions on the recipe card were clear and easy to follow.

Overall I was happy with dish. It's kid and adult friendly, and would be an easy after-work, home cooked meal. And at just $5 per serving, it's pretty easy on the wallet as well.

Ingredients

The Dinnerly box came packed with ingredients for three recipes. You need to sort out the ingredients by recipe, but that takes about 30 seconds. Everything that came was in good shape and all the fresh ingredients were good quality - as good as I'd get at the grocery store. The finished portion size was reasonable, although I wish I had a bit more parmesan cheese to help boost the flavors.

For the Spinach Pesto with Roasted Tomato recipe, Dinnerly includes the following:

  • Plum tomatoes
  • Salted almonds
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan
  • Rigatoni
  • Baby spinach

As I said above, everything that came was in really good shape. To the shipped ingredients, you'll need to get salt, pepper and olive oil from your own pantry. 

Making the dish

The fact that we're not making a traditional pesto, makes this dish really easy and fast to make. There are not a lot of "tricks" you have to be careful of. Use high heat to roast the tomato (hopefully getting some caramelization).  Most importantly, just don't over cook the pasta. Start tasting it a minute or two before the directions suggest, just to make sure you take it out al dente.

Dinnerly breaks the cooking down into five steps:

  1. Prep the ingredients: Here you get a pot of water on the heat for the rigatoni. Dice the tomatoes and garlic. Grate the parmesan cheese, and finely chop the almonds.
  2. Cook the pasta: Is self-explanatory. You do want to reserve some pasta water before you drain, which you can use to thin the sauce if needed.
  3. Broil the tomatoes: In this step you season the tomatoes, add some olive oil and get them under the broiler. As they heat, water evaporates, concentrating flavor. And the sugars start to caramelize creating more flavor/complexity. I'd suggest going a bit longer than the directions, and getting the tomatoes pretty well browned.
  4. Wilt Spinach: You put the spinach, together with the tomatoes and garlic back in the saucepan with the pasta. This is the base of the dish, and in just a few minutes the spinach will wilt down.
  5. Finish the pasta: Finally, you wrap everything up by adding the parmesan cheese and the almonds. If needed, you can add some reserved pasta water. Most importantly, you need to taste the pasta and add salt and pepper if needed; and they also suggest (and I agree) adding a drizzle of olive oil. These last few steps are really critical to bringing out the flavor in this simple dish.

The directions are simple to follow and there are not many steps. I would have liked a bit more flavor in the dish, and when I make it again, would probably add a bit of fresh lemon juice, some red pepper flakes and a bit more parmesan cheese.

I found the portions where fairly generous and there was plenty of food for two people.

Taste

The flavors on this dish were mild but good. It's a simple dish without a ton of ingredients, so it's really about perfectly cooked pasta, lightly dressed, and well seasoned. You need to make sure the rigatoni doesn't get mushy or soft on you.

I didn't think the almonds added a ton to the dish, other than a bit of a texture component. 

I would have a liked to see a little bit more garlic and/or parmesan cheese, both have big flavors and would have added more punch to the dish. If you have the time, and can oven-roast the tomatoes for longer, that would concentrate their flavor and make for a richer finished recipe. Dinnerly could also add some sun dried tomatoes to the kit vs the fresh.

Finally, a bit of acid is a very common trick to add some complexity and flavor to a pasta dish. A light squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the very end of the cooking would have brightened everything up quite a bit.

Dinnerly's Spinach Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Review of Dinnerly's Spinach Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Overall

Like everything I have tried (and read about) from Dinnerly, their Spinach Pesto Pasta fits right in the wheelhouse, of simple, un-fussy and fast.

I had this recipe made in less than 30 minutes and with a bit of practice (and no filming) I could probably do it about 20.

Like all simple pasta dishes, it's critical to cook the rigatoni al dente, so don't walk away and forget it. Once put together, I liked the flavor, but did wish for a bit more punch. Fortunately, it's easy to add a bit more flavor with ingredients you probably have on hand. The portion sizes where good.

This is a very family friendly recipe. I think just about anyone's going to like it. And at Dinnerly's price ($5/serving) it's as cheap at fast food.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes. And if you're interested in Dinnerly, just use the link below.

Try DInnerly

Comments (1998 )

Reply
Anonymous
November 26th, 2022 - 8:45am

Hey, like you I probably stumbled upon an advert or blog talking about Profit Squirrel Matched Betting Review as being the latest best thing for making risk free returns of up to.

Reply
HUMZA
November 26th, 2022 - 8:47am

BULLPADEL is known as one of the best designers and manufacturers of tennis rackets in the world. However, the sneakers, sports clothes, and accessories designed by this brand are all top-notch as well. We are proud to announce that <a href="https://makersportco.com/">PADEL SHOP IN DUBAI</a> is trusted by some of the greatest names in the athletic world. E-BULLPADEL sportswear is chosen by Alejandra Salazar and Paquito Navarro, so you can be sure that with this brand, you will only get the best of the best.

Reply
ALIX
November 26th, 2022 - 8:48am

BULLPADEL is known as one of the best designers and manufacturers of tennis rackets in the world. However, the sneakers, sports clothes, and accessories designed by this brand are all top-notch as well. We are proud to announce that PADEL SHOP IN DUBAI is trusted by some of the greatest names in the athletic world. E-BULLPADEL sportswear is chosen by Alejandra Salazar and Paquito Navarro, so you can be sure that with this brand, you will only get the best of the best.

Reply
HUMZA
November 26th, 2022 - 9:50am

We are a friendly Hertfordshire based company who specialise in carports & canopies. It’s all we do so we can focus on delivering you premium quality carports and canopies at great prices.

Reply
Anonymous
November 26th, 2022 - 10:50pm

Looking for catering service hong kong in catering hk for a party food delivery or company event Kama catering delivery is the most reliable way to order food for you.

Reply
Anonymous
November 27th, 2022 - 1:14am

Can I just say what a aid to seek out somebody who really knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. Extra individuals need to read this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant consider youre not more in style since you positively have the gift.Best IAS Coaching in Delhi

Reply
jacvk22
November 27th, 2022 - 2:08am

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. rabar ka ling

Reply
HUMZA
November 27th, 2022 - 2:54am

Hello I am so delighted I found your website, I really located you by mistake, while I was looking on google for something else, Anyways I am here now and could just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining blog. Please do keep up the great work.best immigration consultants in Singapore

Reply
jacvk22
November 27th, 2022 - 6:37am

I simply had to appreciate you once again. I am not sure the things I would’ve taken care of in the absence of those hints shown by you regarding that industry. Entirely was a very difficult dilemma in my circumstances, nevertheless being able to view the very skilled approach you treated the issue forced me to weep over delight. Now i am happier for the work and then pray you recognize what a great job you have been carrying out training people today all through a web site. Most probably you have never come across any of us. limo chauffeured service in stuttgart

Reply
Anonymous
November 27th, 2022 - 7:42am

We provide service, installation, Heating repair, and Furnace Maintenance of a Furnace Repair Edmonton, repair, air conditioners, and water heaters, in Furnace Installation Edmonton.

Reply
ALIX
November 27th, 2022 - 8:16am

Worth it to read short article. “I have spread my dreams under your feet” by William Butler Yeats..Hermes Tracking

Reply
Anonymous
November 27th, 2022 - 11:03pm

Can I just now say exactly what a relief to uncover one who truly knows what theyre preaching about online. You definitely understand how to bring a challenge to light making it crucial. Lots more people ought to check this out and understand this side of the story. I cant think youre not more well-known simply because you definitely have the gift.SSSTiktok

Reply
Anonymous
November 27th, 2022 - 11:07pm

I’m impressed, I have to admit. Genuinely rarely do you encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve got hit the nail about the head. Your thought is outstanding; the thing is something too few everyone is speaking intelligently about. We’re very happy which i found this around my seek out some thing with this.Pikashow APK

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 1:06am

We, the best manpower agency in Nepal, based in Kathmandu, manpower in nepal, have been providing recruitment services to UK, Dubai, United Emirates for 25 years.

Reply
HUMZA
November 28th, 2022 - 2:38am

Some genuinely fantastic posts on this internet site , thankyou for contribution.Snaptik

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 3:00am

Whether you're looking for inspiration from other modified car builds or looking to make your next purchase, our listings cover a wide variety of modded cars to look at. The process starts with sellers submitting their modified cars through the website. We work with the seller to compile a thorough listing for the vehicle. Modified car listings typically last for 6 months.

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 3:53am

Family Owned Certified Licensed Insured Company repair garage door near me Installation of garage door service Fountain Valley, Openers garage door springs garage doors Fountain Valley Emergency Service.

Reply
HUMZA
November 28th, 2022 - 4:51am

Download Latest 2022 New Version Updated 53 MB GBWhatsApp gb whatsapp download or WAGB APK has privacy settings such as hiding status, custom themes, photo widget.

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 7:20am

Welcome to my little digital home I m Mingda Pang, the geology enthusiast, nature explorer, Dr. Mingda Pang, and hiker extraordinaire you ve heard of me, right.

Reply
HUMZA
November 28th, 2022 - 8:07am

Immediately this specific website may possibly irrefutably turn out celebrated involving every single producing a lot of people, as a consequence of careful content along with testimonials along with evaluations.Laptop Wage

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 8:24am

I admit, I have not been on this web page in a long time... however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.seo hong kong

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 11:25pm

  I wanted to thank you once again for your amazing web-site you have made here. It is full of useful tips for those who are truly interested in this specific subject, specifically this very post. You really are all really sweet as well as thoughtful of others and also reading your blog posts is a superb delight in my opinion. And thats a generous surprise! Ben and I are going to have enjoyment making use of your recommendations in what we must do in a few days. Our list is a mile long so your tips might be put to beneficial use.I wanted to thank you once again for your amazing web-site you have made here. It is full of useful tips for those who are truly interested in this specific subject, specifically this very post. You really are all really sweet as well as thoughtful of others and also reading your blog posts is a superb delight in my opinion. And thats a generous surprise! Ben and I are going to have enjoyment making use of your recommendations in what we must do in a few days. Our list is a mile long so your tips might be put to beneficial use.

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 11:26pm

I wanted to thank you once again for your amazing web-site you have made here. It is full of useful tips for those who are truly interested in this specific subject, specifically this very post. You really are all really sweet as well as thoughtful of others and also reading your blog posts is a superb delight in my opinion. And thats a generous surprise! Ben and I are going to have enjoyment making use of your recommendations in what we must do in a few days. Our list is a mile long so your tips might be put to beneficial use.I wanted to thank you once again for your amazing web-site you have made here. It is full of useful tips for those who are truly interested in this specific subject, specifically this very post. You really are all really sweet as well as thoughtful of others and also reading your blog posts is a superb delight in my opinion. And thats a generous surprise! Ben and I are going to have enjoyment making use of your recommendations in what we must do in a few days. Our list is a mile long so your tips might be put to beneficial use.

Reply
Anonymous
November 28th, 2022 - 11:52pm

Certified affordable dentist insurance plans network Individual, Group family dental insurance plan At EHealthQuotes, we work with agents who help connect you with the best dental Insurance plans that fit your needs and budget.

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 12:13am

Certified affordable dentist insurance plans network Individual, Group family dental insurance plan At EHealthQuotes, we work with agents who help connect you with the best dental Insurance plans that fit your needs and budget.

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 12:13am

Certified affordable dentist insurance plans network Individual, Group family dental insurance plan At EHealthQuotes, we work with agents who help connect you with the best dental Insurance plans that fit your needs and budget.

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 4:37am

Above Bits is a charlotte web design and app development company Grow your business with leading web development agency in web design charlotte seo, North Carolina.

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 6:34am

Airport transfers UK to and from Bristol Taxis to any UK Bristol Airport Transfers We offer competitive fares and a book online system Airport taxis without the stress with Bristol Airport Taxi Transfers.

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 7:08am

Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So nice to search out somebody with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is one thing that is wanted on the web, somebody with a little bit originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!slot88

Reply
Anonymous
November 29th, 2022 - 8:41am

I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.補習社

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 12:04am

Greenton 離婚 Firm has rich experience in handling the fastest divorce methods. The professional divorce consulting team has handled related 離婚收費, including express divorce procedures, 離婚手續 in China and Hong Kong, divorce custody rights, divorce alimony, husband and wife property distribution, protection orders, regulatory orders, etc. Provide customers with free and 最快離婚方法 method consulting services. Describe the fees for divorce services, including court divorce petition fees or unilateral or mutual consent filings for divorce.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 12:59am

Xin‧Investigative 私家偵探社 is composed of professional private investigators with more than 10 years of experience. Our 私家偵探 investigators have professional 偵探社 skills such as follow-up investigation, undercover hunting and evidence collection, and are the first choice of 香港私家偵探 agencies.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 3:04am

Cheap mamparas de ducha a medida screens Catch these Offers that fly! Modern shower and bathroom screens Are you looking for the best brands The best prices Frontal, Corner, Fixed, Sliding.Please click here and visit us in our website for more details.

Reply
ALIX
November 30th, 2022 - 3:23am

Thanks for your insight for your fantastic posting. I’m glad I have taken the time to see this.Slot Online

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 3:28am

Looking to shop best electric mountain bikes for adults We have 48V Shengmilo MX03 electric bike 1000 watt 26 fat tire electric bicycles e bikes are available for sale.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 3:52am

Handmade Irish Baptism Outfit and christening gowns by Helen Marie Ireland “an heirloom to be passed down to future generations.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 5:04am

Purchase Vape is a worthy site for vape accessories As an online vape store, you can buy your desired vaping needs from us Elf Bar, Fume, Juul Pods.Please click here and visit us in our website for more details.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 7:22am

Sports are fun! 토토사이트, private Toto eating and running verification, sports Toto site user 카지노후기, sports analysis betting recommendations, product numbers, eye purifying gifs, coin game point games, introduction of 먹튀검증커뮤니티, member-only spaces, and more are provided! Sports Toto 먹튀검증, 토토커뮤니티 Stalker.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 7:48am

I admit, I have not been on this web page in a long time... however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.Amanbet88

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 8:31am

Every contractor wants an online roof estimate on staff It makes it easy You find the job, the estimator takes the information and comes up Estimaiton.

Reply
Anonymous
November 30th, 2022 - 9:37am

vivacious skin care Health Beauty is a company that provides preventive health care products, anti aging skin care sets, anti aging kit, anti aging set, anti aging skin care kits, anti aging skincare set and natural beauty products for those who desire to look and feel their best.

Reply
Anonymous
December 1st, 2022 - 12:00am

I have read your article, it is very informative and helpful for me.I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it..Coquitlam scrap car removal

Reply
Anonymous
December 1st, 2022 - 3:31am

Come experience a deep cleansing Hydrating facial at Perfect Beauty Bedok Feel every skin pore refreshed and infused by the goodness PHYRIS skincare.

Reply
Anonymous
December 1st, 2022 - 4:59am

Quick North East Jobs Search on Recruit4Good helps you find Jobs in the North Tyneside jobs across the UK and supports North East mental health.Please Click here and visit our website for more detail.

Reply
Anonymous
December 1st, 2022 - 5:34am

hyll on holland by FEC Call 61008187 Get Discounts, Direct Developer Price, Brochure, Floor Plan, Price List Luxury condo along Holland Rd 2 to 3 bedroom.

Leave a comment