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10 Best HelloFresh Recipes 2024: Expert Rated

Maybe you’re interested in HelloFresh but don’t want to commit to a subscription before you try the food. Why not cook some of the best HelloFresh recipes and see if you enjoy them? I’ll walk you through the 10 best HelloFresh recipes you can get your hands on this year. There’s something here for everyone.

HelloFresh offers an online cookbook with instructions for many of its most popular meal kits. You don’t get the convenience of delivery, but you can buy the listed ingredients and prepare the meal according to its recipe. That way, you’re free to check out the meals before plunging into a subscription.

I’ve poured through HelloFresh’s cookbook to bring you the recipes that best represent the HelloFresh menu. I’ve also scanned customer feedback and consulted with my colleague, who found that the recipes were well-outlined and resulted in super tasty meals.

Short on Time? Here Are the Best HelloFresh Recipes

  1. One-Pan Trattoria Tortelloni Bake – Best HelloFresh recipe

  2. When Steak Met Potatoes – Best HelloFresh steak recipe

  3. “Little Ears” Pasta with Broccoli & Pesto – Best family-friendly HelloFresh recipe

  4. Pan-Seared Chicken with Herbs De Provence – Best HelloFresh calorie smart recipe

  5. Honey Dijon Dill Trout – Best HelloFresh gourmet plus recipe

See 5 more of the best HelloFresh recipes

The Best HelloFresh Recipes Reviewed

1. One-Pan Trattoria Tortelloni Bake – Best HelloFresh Recipe

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Small bowl, medium pan, baking dish

HelloFresh’s One-Pan Trattoria Tortelloni Bake is a perfect example of what it does well. That’s why I gave it my #1 spot. This Tortelloni Bake may not be the most adventurous recipe in the HelloFresh cookbook, but it expands your cooking skills, improves your diet, and saves you time planning and preparing meals.

This recipe takes you through the simple steps of making a sauce. If you’re used to eating pasta sauce out of a jar, you’ll be amazed at how much better homemade sauce tastes. Toss your tortelloni in an oven-safe skillet, and you can take it from stovetop to broiler in 1 easy step.

While the sodium is high (1,490 mg), you won’t be consuming preservatives. For example, there’s no MSG or high fructose corn syrup that you normally find in many bottled pasta sauces. Eating healthy is a spectrum. HelloFresh lets you eat better while still eating the foods you love.

2. When Steak Met Potatoes – HelloFresh’s Finest Steak Recipe

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Baking sheet, medium pan, large pan

HelloFresh’s When Steak Met Potatoes uses high-quality but simple ingredients. These combine to make a dinner that’s hearty, satisfying, and comes in at only 525 calories and 598 mg sodium per serving. To me, there’s something primal and satisfying about steak and potatoes.

The oven-roasted potatoes and pan-cooked sirloin are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. This is already a good start, but HelloFresh takes it to the next level with peppercorn sauce and creamed kale. I feel that this really elevates the dish to a proper steakhouse level.

In this recipe, kale’s tender and flavorful juiciness is further enhanced. The ingredients that elevate the kale further include the sour cream sauce, roasted potatoes, and rich sirloin. Add the zing from the peppercorn sauce and steak meets potatoes in a hearty yet perfectly balanced minimalist masterpiece.

Meal delivery services expose you to ingredients you might otherwise never try. HelloFresh may forever change how you feel about kale and many other healthy foods. You needn’t be bored by seemingly plain ingredients like leafy green veg.

3. “Little Ears” Pasta with Broccoli & Pesto – Best Family-Friendly HelloFresh Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's “Little Ears” Pasta with Broccoli & Pesto

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Large pot, strainer, large pan

If your children turn their noses up at broccoli, this tasty dish may change their minds. Orecchiette (“Little ears”) is Italy’s Apulia region’s signature pasta, where it’s often served with hot sausage and rapini (also known as broccoli rabe).

HelloFresh offers a milder take on the Apulia classic, using sweet sausage and broccoli florets. The little ears are coated in green pesto and tossed with shaved Parmesan and sweet Italian sausage. HelloFresh includes an optional pack of chili flakes in its meal kit for those who want a little heat.

With 900 calories, these little ears may not be a good choice for those on weight-loss diets. But if you want to dish up comfort food your kids will love, complete with a helping of vegetables, Little Ears Pasta with Broccoli and Pesto may turn your babies into broccoli lovers.

4. Pan-Seared Chicken with Herbs De Provence – Best HelloFresh Calorie Smart Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Pan-Seared Chicken with Herbs De Provence

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Pot, small bowl, and large pan

HelloFresh spices the chicken breasts with Herbs de Provence before pan cooking. It then gets served atop an Italian-inspired base of minced shallots and farro (a nutty grain). Finally, it finishes the dish off with mozzarella and Roma tomatoes drizzled with a dressing of honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.

If you haven’t tried Herbs de Provence yet, I highly recommend it. This southern French blend of tarragon, lavender, and a few other spices is amazingly versatile. You can use it on pork, pasta, beef, and vanilla ice cream. (Try the last one. You’ll thank me later).

At 590 calories, this dish meets HelloFresh’s Calorie Smart (under 650 calories) filter. With 38 grams of carbs and 10 grams of sugar per serving, this recipe is healthy but may not be suited for those on the strictest keto diets. However, it still fits well within the boundaries of a low-carb diet.

5. Honey Dijon Dill Trout  – Best HelloFresh Gourmet Plus Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Honey Dijon Dill Trout

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking Difficulty: Medium
  • Equipment: Zester, large bowl, baking sheet, paper towel, and large pan

HelloFresh’s Honey Dijon Dill Trout is a great introduction to the more challenging recipes. If you want to try 1 of HelloFresh’s higher-end Gourmet Plus meals (and you can get top-quality fresh steelhead trout), this is 1 I highly recommend.

The recipe involves several steps that aren’t too difficult yet are slightly more involved than an Easy recipe. You’ll first start by laying thinly sliced potatoes in a single shingled layer on a baking tray, then removing the tray halfway through and adding some broccoli florets to roast.

You’ll need to watch the time, or you could end up with blackened broccoli if you don’t follow the instructions perfectly. While the broccoli and carrots are cooking, you also need to pan-cook the trout and prepare the sauce.

Though it features a Medium difficulty level, I personally wouldn’t worry about it. All the instructions are simple enough for a complete beginner to follow.

However, if you’re interested in “easier” meals, many HelloFresh recipes are rated Easy. But if you want to try more advanced cooking, HelloFresh’s Honey Dijon Dill Trout will reward you with a restaurant-quality meal.

6. Ginger-Turmeric Tilapia – Best HelloFresh Pescatarian Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Ginger-Turmeric Tilapia

Key Features

  • Total prep time: 35 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Zester, small pot, large pan, medium bowl, and paper towel

This is one of the more adventurous recipes, but it's really not that difficult so long as you follow the instructions. Prepare everything ahead of time (if you were buying a kit, things would already be organized for you), and you should do fine.

It kicks mild tilapia up with a turmeric rub, then drizzles it with a pan sauce consisting of ginger, shallots, and cilantro. Jasmine rice simmered with brown sugar is tossed with lime zest and toasted coconut flakes, then placed beside the fish and crunchy steamed green beans.

At 720 calories, you’re still well within the low-calorie range. You’re also getting rice and brown sugar, which may not exactly qualify this meal for a keto diet, but it’s certainly still adequate for a low-carb diet. Overall, this recipe will tantalize your taste buds if you love tilapia.

7. Lemony Chicken Paillard with Sweet Potato Wedges – Best Latin American Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Lemony Chicken Paillard with Sweet Potato Wedges

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 35 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Medium

  • Equipment: Baking sheet, cutting board, knife, plus more

Argentinian cuisine doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. It’s often overshadowed by Mexican and Brazilian food. However, this Lemony Chicken Paillard is certain to catch your attention and leave you hungry for more, especially if you love Latin American fare.

Chimichurri is inspired by Italian pesto. But where pesto is typically processed to a paste (hence the name), chimichurri is made with finely chopped herbs that retain their shape and texture. HelloFresh combines parsley, garlic, cumin, and lemon juice with olive oil for its chimichurri.

The chimichurri goes over thin, butterflied filets of lemony chicken alongside a peppery rocket (arugula) salad and roasted sweet potato wedges. Argentina shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to offering the world some of the finest food available. This Lemony Chicken Paillard is no exception in my books.

8. One-Pot Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Soup – Most Adventurous One-Pot Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's One-Pot Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Soup

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Easy

  • Equipment: Zester, small bowl, peeler, and large pot

HelloFresh has a good selection of One-Pot Meals that offer quick preparation and easy cleanup. So what can you cook in a single pot in 30 minutes? Try a Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bell Peppers in a broth flavored with lime, ginger, and garlic.

This “Easy” recipe involves a lot of mincing, dicing, peeling, zesting, and chopping, as well as a couple of out-of-pot transfers to another dish. If you follow the instructions, you’ll be fine, but if you feel overwhelmed, trust your gut. You know your own cooking skills better than HelloFresh does.

While this recipe has a long shopping list, most of the ingredients should be easily available at your local grocery store. If you love the soup but could live without the shopping, you’ll love a HelloFresh subscription! Personally, I couldn’t imagine living a life that included several trips to the grocery store every month (or worse, every week!)

9. Vegetarian Paella with Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms & Rosemary – Finest Vegetarian Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Vegetarian Paella with Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms & Rosemary

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Medium

  • Equipment: Large pan

HelloFresh offers some superb vegetarian and pescatarian options on its weekly menu. The HelloFresh cookbook includes a few very tasty vegan recipes, including this lovely Vegetarian Paella with Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, and Rosemary. It’s a fully vegan paella that comes in at 401 calories per serving.

The most difficult thing about this dish is the time you spend chopping vegetables and adding ingredients. I suggest you get all the ingredients prepped and ready before cooking, as they need to be added and removed during the cooking process at specific times.

HelloFresh has an extensive vegetarian selection, with only a small number of vegan meals. This vegetable paella can be enjoyed by those following a vegan diet or anyone trying to introduce more plant-based meals into their diet.

10. Steak au Poivre with Cheesy Hesselbeck Potatoes  – HelloFresh’s Best Challenging Recipe

a screenshot of hellofresh's Steak au Poivre with Cheesy Hasselbeck Potatoes

Key Features

  • Total cooking time: 45 minutes

  • Cooking Difficulty: Hard

  • Equipment: Aluminum foil, baking sheet, cutting board, plus more

The ingredients here are very similar to those used in When Steak Met Potatoes. But while When Steak Met Potatoes is rated Easy, this one is rated Hard. So what’s the difference? There are several key differences.

This recipe expects the cook to handle several different time-sensitive tasks at once. You must keep track of potatoes in the oven while making shallot-peppercorn sauce and creamed kale on multiple burners. In addition, you have to sear the steak before finishing it in the oven. Is it possible for beginners? Sure – but you have to follow the instructions to a tee.

If that sounds like fun to you, this recipe will definitely let your culinary skills flourish. It’ll give you warm, perfectly roasted potatoes with tangy Parmesan and a rich, beefy sour cream and butter sauce with zingy peppercorns. HelloFresh’s Hard recipes are best suited for people who enjoy a kitchen challenge.

Quick Comparison Table


Prep/Cook time

Calories

Suitable For

Difficulty Level

One-Pan Trattoria Tortelloni Bake


25 minutes

750

Veggie, Easy Cleanup, Easy Prep

Easy

When Steak Met Potatoes


30 minutes

525

Gluten-Free, calorie-smart

Easy

“Little Ears” Pasta with Broccoli & Pesto 


25 minutes

900

Family-friendly, kid-friendly, spicy



Easy

Pan-Seared Chicken with Herbs De Provence


30 minutes

590

Calorie-smart



Easy

Honey Dijon Dill Trout

35 minutes

860

Gourmet, Pescatarian



Medium


Ginger-Turmeric Tilapia

35 minutes

720

Pescatarian

Easy

Lemony Chicken Paillard with Sweet Potato Wedges

35 minutes

506

Calorie-smart



Medium

One-Pot Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Soup

30 minutes

670

Easy cleanup, spicy



Easy

Vegetarian Paella with Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms & Rosemary

40 minutes

401

Gluten-free, vegan, veggie, calorie-smart



Medium

Steak au Poivre with Cheesy Hesselbeck Potatoes

45 minutes

773

Gourmet

Hard

FAQ

Can you choose recipes on HelloFresh?

Yes. When you sign up for a HelloFresh subscription, you answer a number of questions regarding dietary preferences. HelloFresh then uses your responses to provide suggested meals from its weekly menu. For instance, you could choose the One-Pan Trattoria Tortelloni Bake, which is ready in 25 minutes.

What are the best meals in HelloFresh?

Check out the Premium and Hall Of Fame tags for the “best” or most popular ones. When Steak Met Potatoes, not surprisingly, ranks near the top of that list. It features succulent potatoes and juicy, tender sirloin doused in an irresistible peppercorn sauce.  

What is Hall Of Fame on HelloFresh?

According to HelloFresh, its Hall of Fame tag represents “the best of the best”. These are generally “tried and true recipes that have been loved.” For example, “Little Ears” Pasta with Broccoli and Pesto is a Hall of Fame recipe (which also ranks highly on my list of HelloFresh recipes).

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