Marley Spoon Review: I Tried Martha Stewart’s Meal Delivery Service

A meal kit using Martha Stewart's recipes delivered to your front door? Yes please! We tested Marley Spoon to see just what the experience is like.

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Martha Stewart is known for her delicious recipes for everything from impressive desserts to everyday meals. But what if all of the ingredients and step-by-step instructions for those dishes could be shipped right to your door? Well, they can!

With the same convenience as other meal kits, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon is a meal prep service with more than 45 recipes to choose from each week. And, as a big fan of Martha’s, I knew I had to put this service to the test. If you’re curious about Marley Spoon reviews, I cooked through several recipes to see what this meal delivery service was all about.

What is Marley Spoon?

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Marley Spoon Meal Delivery

Marley Spoon meal delivery service, which offers dozens of meals per week, is a fresh, convenient way to keep your household fed.

Marley Spoon is a meal delivery service much like HelloFresh, Dinnerly and Green Chef. Each box includes the ingredients needed to make your chosen meals, along with an instruction card to follow. The options on the menu each week are recipes from Martha Stewart, with a focus on full meals with great flavor. Choose from 45 different rotating options and the categories include vegetarian, vegan and family-friendly meals.

Each week, go online to choose your menu. From there, pre-packaged ingredients and instruction cards are delivered to your home. I knew the exact day my box would be delivered, but the perishable ingredients were still packaged in a separate cold bag in case they needed to sit for a while. It was simple to unbox and put ingredients away either in the fridge or pantry until I was ready to dive in and start cooking.

Marley Spoon Features

When you choose your meals on the Marley Spoon website, you can select a plan for two or four people. You can also choose from two to six meals per week. My box arrived well-packaged, causing no concern for the foods that needed to be kept cold. The insulated bag and ice packs kept things fresh, and everything nonperishable was wrapped and stored in a paper bag.

Ingredients such as eggplant, red peppers, onion and sweet potato, as well as the packaged meat, came very fresh. Other ingredients, such as small squares of Parmesan cheese or a mini container of ricotta, were portioned individually, making measuring simple and eliminating extra food waste.

The three dishes I tried were far more flavorful and interesting than I anticipated, which makes me want to try more of what’s on the menu. I love that the recipes aren’t the same each week. At first glance, the pictures of the final product and even some of the methods seemed intimidating. However, each recipe was divided into six steps, with helpful photos of each step that made it easy to follow along. Plus, with the recipe and instruction cards, I now have the option to make the meal again on my own time.

How We Tested Marley Spoon

Just like we did in our Dinnerly review, to truly see what Marley Spoon was all about, I tried different meals. Each meal came with the main ingredients needed to pull it off. However, the recipe cards noted other required pantry staples, such as olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and vinegar.

Skillet Beef Moussaka

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The first dish I made was the Skillet Beef Moussaka. In the box, I found eggplant, onion, canned tomatoes, fresh parsley, mascarpone cheese, Parmesan cheese and a specialty spice blend. The process of cooking this meal took a bit longer (and required more dishes!) than I expected, but the results were certainly worth it. The final dish was hearty comfort food full of flavor. I loved the combination of ground beef, eggplant and other veggies, and the seasoning was well-balanced. Another major bonus: I ended up with plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Italian Sausage Ragu Pasta

Next up was the Italian Sausage Ragu Pasta. This kit was quick and easy, with red bell pepper, pork sausage, fennel seeds, cherry tomatoes, linguine pasta, fresh parsley, ricotta and Parmesan cheese included. The prep for this recipe was super simple, as well as the cooking method. I was shocked by how flavorful this dish was with so few ingredients. It easily stacked up to a restaurant-quality bowl of pasta—a fantastic weeknight meal.

Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken

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Last but certainly not least was the easy-prep Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken. After first reading the recipe card, I didn’t have high hopes for this dish. The method of broiling chicken seemed a bit odd to me, and I imagined such a simple dish might be bland. But it pleasantly surprised me. The box included shallot, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, chicken breast, honey and a delicious piri piri spice blend. It required a bit of prep to chop the veggies and roast them in separate steps, but the results were amazing. The flavor of the seasoned vegetables and chicken, paired with the drizzle of piri piri vinaigrette, was incredible. I ended up eating every single piece of the roasted veggies in one serving—they were that good.

Pros

  • Wide variety of recipes to choose from
  • Flavorful, wholesome meals
  • Generous portions with leftovers
  • Ability to choose your delivery day based on your schedule
  • Option to skip a week if needed
  • Fresh, quality ingredients included

Cons

  • Required quite a few other kitchen staples on hand such as olive oil, eggs and vinegar
  • Some meals required more time and resulted in more dirty dishes than expected
  • Higher cost per meal than other services

FAQ

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What are the plan options?

Marley Spoon plans offer meals for two or four people, including anywhere from two to six meals per week, depending on your needs.

Are there any dietary restrictions?

With more than 45 meal prep kits to choose from, there are plenty of options to fit dietary restrictions. Choose to make your box entirely vegetarian, or select the meal options to fit low-carb, vegan, low-calorie and dairy-free needs as well.

While there are several options to fit dietary needs, specific meal kits dedicated to restrictions such as keto, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly aren’t available.

Product Comparison

Having tried HelloFresh in the past, I found the quality of ingredients and recipes from Marley Spoon to be better. The meals were far more flavorful. Of the meals I tried, they were fairly simple. However, some of the steps did take me out of my comfort zone, requiring additional kitchen skills. But with that, I was thrilled to have the chance to learn something new along the way.

The shipping and delivery options are incredibly convenient, with the ability to choose your delivery day depending on your location. Nationwide shipping isn’t available, but the service is available in most states.

For more tasty eats, check out our reviews of Gobble, Wildgrain and Misfit Market.

Final Verdict

If you’re someone looking for a meal kit service to try new and interesting recipes in the kitchen, I’d definitely recommend Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon. The service is great for foodies who want to expand their recipe repertoire, learn new skills and try gourmet meals with a convenient twist. The meal prep required a few more steps and dishes than I anticipated, but the results were well worth it. And I was pleased with just how fresh and high quality the ingredients were, without as much individual packaging and plastic waste as I’ve seen with other kits.

Where to Buy Marley Spoon

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Marley Spoon Meal Delivery

Do dinner the Martha way with Marley Spoon meal delivery service! Meals cost as little as $8.69 per serving.

Sign up for a subscription and purchase meal prep kits on the Marley Spoon website. Pricing ranges from $62 to $124 per week for meals for two people. Meals for four people range from $94 to $219 per week. There is an additional charge of $9.99 per box for shipping. Keep an eye out for deals and new customer specials, though. You can frequently snag a box for less. Weeknight dinner is about to get a whole lot more interesting!

Molly Allen
A former bakery owner and event planner, Molly is now a freelance writer and editor specializing in food and beverage, lifestyle and party planning. She brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to Taste of Home readers, drawing on her former life at the bakery to explain the difference between cake and yeast doughnuts, how to make blue velvet cake and how to salvage burnt cookies. When Molly isn’t baking, she keeps an eye on the latest food trends and kitchen gadgets, and enjoys cooking outdoors on smokers and pizza ovens.