6 Red and Green Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Our hot take? Any food made during the holiday season is “holiday food.” Sure, candy canes and sugar cookies and pies are visually iconic, but that’s not to say that veggie-filled pastas and herby pestos can’t be just as festive. Besides, who doesn’t want to eat healthy, delicious Pasta and Gourmet Sauce year-round? Get on the ZENB bandwagon with these delicious red and green recipes that bring the holiday spirit and can be served alongside the ham, cookies, and sweet potatoes!

Crispy Skin Chicken Puttanesca served in a blue ceramic dish on top of a wooden table with beer bottles, napkins, and parmesan.

Leave the bells wishing they could sound like Carol of the Crispy Chicken. Achieve ASMR-worthy crispy chicken by searing it skin-side down for 6 to 8 minutes. Traditionally pasta puttanesca is flavored with tomatoes, olives, and garlic, we enhance these flavors with capers, fresh oregano and parsley, and (trust us) anchovies! Slowly braise in our Gourmet Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Sauteed Onion, and Olive Oil Pasta Sauce for maximum flavor.

A plateful of Spinach-Basil Pesto With ZENB Penne Pasta atop a wooden table, styled with parmesan, basil leaves, and lemon slices.

In pesto we trust. 🙌 Trust us, your guests will be wanting a bite of this recipe way more than their mistletoe moment. Pesto is one of the easiest pasta sauces to make from scratch, is uber customizable, and can be made with whatever veggies you have laying around! For this recipe, though, we stick to the classics. Blend spinach, basil, olive oil, and pine nuts for an oh-so delicious pesto that will impress anyone. Simply toss in ZENB Penne and serve with parmesan.

Prepared Roasted Tomato-Braised Cod With ZENB Rotini Pasta served atop a white plate on a white, wooden table styled with fresh herbs and pine nuts.

Can we hang this dish on our door instead of a wreath? No? Well, at least we can celebrate cod’s subtle flavor and quick cook time with our Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Gourmet Sauce! Since we’ve already packed plenty of hours and chef’s craftsmanship in our gourmet sauce, this dish will come out tasting like you’ve spent hours carefully braising, when you can have this on the table in 20 minutes.

A white bowl of prepared ZENB Green Coconut Curry Rotini atop a wooden plate styled with snap peas, cilantro, lime, and jalapeños.

Move over, Thai takeout... we just got a new “we-burnt-the-turkey” favorite. Try our easy veggie curry for a crave-worthy version that’s easier on your budget than takeout. Slowly stew all your favorite green veggies, seasoned with spices and fresh cilantro, with coconut milk and top with lime for the perfect weeknight dinner — no delivery required!

ZENB Pepperoni Pizza Rolls served with a small bowl of marinara sauce atop a wooden serving platter on a white table.

Hello, nostalgia. Whether you’re cooking these up for group apps or a “snack dinner” for one, our pizza rolls are a major upgrade from the ones you remember from childhood. Achieve the best finger food at the party (or holiday movie binge) with mozzarella, fresh herbs, and our gourmet marinara all rolled up in perfectly baked pizza dough. The next thing you know, Santa will be asking for these instead of his usual milk and cookies.

Super Green ZENB Rotini Pasta Salad With Kale Pesto served in a white bowl on top of a wooden platter, styled with arugula and pepitas.

The only limit to pesto is your imagination. Need help? We’ve come up with a few creative recipes of our own — including this uber-yummy take on pesto. Get your veggies by blending up kale with pepitas, garlic, lemon and olive oil for the pesto of your dreams. Mix with zucchini and ZENB Rotini for a vibrant green dish that’s sure to leave Rudolph rethinking his color palette.


Revamp your plate and your palate with these savory seasonal options. Who knows? Maybe your cookie swap just became a pasta swap?? (Please invite us if that happens. 👀)


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