15 Minute Lemon Parsley-Spinach Pasta

I am going to be completely honest and say that I hate making dinner.

That being said, why the in the flying trapeze am I a food blogger…well that’s a different story. I love to cook…

Just not when it’s 5 o’clock, I still haven’t showered, Baby Boo all of the sudden won’t leave my hip, and I have yet to put away all the laundry.

Or for that matter, take said ย CLEAN laundry out of the toilet that Baby Boo so kindly put ‘away’ for me.

(Just what you want to see right…A picture of my toilet. Gross.)

To top it all off, a lot of times dinner is just me and Boo, and after a long day I am tempted to pour a bowl of peanut butter puffins and call it good.

Baby Boo won’t mind, she loves puffins!

And then I remember that I am trying to be everything and super woman, and sometimes I can do better than a bowl of cereal…no matter how tempting it may sound.

But…There are some guidelines that this so called dinner has to follow:

It must not take longer than 30 minutes.

It won’t require a lot of effort. That means, not too much chopping, whisking, watching, blending, and baking.

Oh, and it has to be delicious, because if it isn’t then I’m going straight for the puffins.

15 minute Lemon Parsley-Spinach Pasta


6-8 ounces pasta

1 bunch parsley

1 c. fresh spinach

2-3 cloves garlic

zest and juice of 1 lemon

3-4 TB. olive oil (or more depending on how ‘oily’ you like your sauce)

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

salt and pepper to tasteย 


1. Cook pasta according to directions.

2. While pasta is cooking, puree the sunflower seeds in a food processor until crumbs appear. Next add in the rest of your ingredients to food processor. Blend a couple of minutes, scraping down the sides when necessary, until you have reached a ‘pesto’ like consistency.ย 

3. Once pasta is done, drain, and pour into bowl. Toss pasta with about a tsp. of olive oil (optional), and then add parsley sauce to pasta. Toss until combined. Can squeeze additional lemon juice on top if desired.

Seriously so easy and so fast.

And I almost didn’t miss the puffins!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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  1. YUM! Lemon always makes everything better…. This Martha Stewart pumpkin seed pesto is one of the best I’ve had and it’s SO. SIMPLE. !


  2. My feelings EXACTLY! The times I have spent more than 30 minutes on dinner usually end up in tears, lol…usually because it’s something I’m attempting to make for the first time and everyone hates it and we end up eating cereal or pizza! THANKS for this recipe! It looks healthy; delicioius; and quick!! MY kind of dinner! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Haha, I hate making dinner too. Love to cook, hate to make dinner… at least these days. I have to plan it out well in advance and start making it earlier in the day or else I just don’t do it and we’re stuck with leftovers. Again ๐Ÿ˜€ Love simple pasta dishes and this looks awesome! I have to keep this recipe close by for a day when it’s dinner time and I have no idea what to make ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Ohhhh looks sooo good! I love pasta, and this is a great way of sneaking veggies in!

  5. I totally agree..love being in the kitchen, just not at the end of my day…and a meal is perfect when it is tasty, healthy and can be done in 30 mins or less…15 is even better!! Definitely saving this recipe..thanks for sharing…have a fabulous weekend!

  6. I just found your website through pinterest. Your recipes look great! Your posts are super fun to read too. I liked you on fb so I can read all your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. yum, love parsley and lemon

  8. What yummy looking pasta!

  9. What a delicious pasta!! This would be a great dish for those nights I don’t want to make anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the flavor combo!

  10. Oh my goodness did she really put your clothes in the toilet?!! That might have put me over the edge–bless your heart. This dinner is just what I need and is going on a future meal plan very soon! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. O yum! This pasta dish looks delicious! The last thing I ever want to do when I get home around 5 is to cook a big dinner! I love how quick (and yummy!) this is, the spinach-parsley sauce sounds soooo good!

  12. Yummy! I just made this and it was super fast and super delicious!! Love your website, can’t wait to try out more of your recipes!

  13. This sauce sounds fantastic and it would pair with so many other things as well.

  14. Thanks for the recipe. I too try to cook well for my family but the suppertime hour can be challenging for me and my son too! I could hug you for all the great ideas you post here! Thank you for your inspiration and humor!

  15. I’m taking this to my cousin (who just had a baby) today. She and her hubby are both allergic to nuts, so I was so excited to see the pesto is made with sunflower seeds! Great recipe, thanks!

  16. I hear ya on dinner time craziness! I am off to make this now and throw it on pasta later (yes, when the children a needy and won’t leave my hip!)
    Abbey (for The Firefly Hook)

    • Children are always attached at the hip when you are in the middle of something, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚ But we love them! Thanks for your sweet comment Abbey!


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