Parsley Parmesan Pasta recipe that takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than $4. Blend the parsley with other simple ingredients to make a nut free pesto sauce and then pour on top of pasta! Your entire family will like this fresh parsley pasta dinner.
The answer to the question “What the heck do I make with a bunch of parsley” I was asking myself while standing in the kitchen is this recipe!
You’ve been there. You buy fresh parsley because you need 1 tablespoon for a recipe and then the rest sits in the refrigerator. Well I’m here to help you out! You want to make this Parsley Parmesan Pasta!
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This delicious parsley pasta meal takes less than 15 minutes to make so it’s easy! It’s also a budget friendly meal costing less than $4.00 total to make.
And oh yeah, it’s delicious. Like really really really delicious!
Parmesan Pasta Ingredients:
For this recipe you will need:
16 ounce box of rotini pasta
1 bunch parsley
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
What to do with parsley?
Make this pasta recipe of course! Let’s get cooking.
Grab your bunch of beautiful and great smelling parsley. If you’re like me, you hate when food goes to waste, so it’s recipes like this that get me excited to clean out my refrigerator!
You will be using most of the parsley (stems and leaves!) but you’ll want to cut off about 2 inches from the bottom so the recipe isn’t bitter tasting. More stems = more bitter, so lose 2 inches from the bottom. Keep the top section!
Besides the parsley you’ll need broth (chicken or vegetable), parmesan cheese, lemon juice and olive oil.
You’ll also need a pasta that’s going to soak up that great tasting parsley sauce. I recommend rotini, rigatoni or ziti!
Add parsley, broth, lemon juice and olive oil to a food processor and give it a few pulses until creamy.
Now taste a spoonful of it! It’s delicious, isn’t it?
Grab your pot of cooked pasta….!
Add your parsley sauce…
And your parmesan cheese…
And stir until the parmesan cheese is melted and the parsley sauce coats all the pasta!
Can I freeze parsley sauce?
Yes! If you want to make the above parsley sauce ahead of time to keep in your freezer for later meals, you totally can! I like to freeze the sauce in individual bags, or ice cube trays. Then when I want to make dinner, I’ll defrost the sauce, make the pasta and then proceed to pour it in.
Often during garden season I’ll make a couple batches of this parsley sauce to use up all our parsley!
Don’t you love how simple this meal is to make? Next time you don’t know what to do with a bunch of parsley, look no further, make this Parsley Parmesan Pasta! I hope it becomes one of your new favorite parsley recipes!
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- 1 16 oz box rotini pasta
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- Cook your pasta according to box in salted water. Drain, put back in pot and set aside.
- Cut the bottom of the stems off the parsley bout 2 inches from the bottom, too much parsley stems and it might taste too bitter. See blog post if you need more details. Keep top section of parsley and put in food processor.
- Add broth, olive oil and lemon juice to food processor and pulse until creamy.
- Pour parsley sauce on top of pasta. Add parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of salt for taste. Stir until cheese is melted and pasta is coated in the parsley sauce.