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Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta (healthy, high fiber)

NUTRITION: Avocados are rich in Antioxidants and are a good source of Fiber, Folic Acid, and Vitamins B6, C, E and K. In addition, they help lower cholesterol and contain anti-cancerous properties. Whole Grain pasta is a great source of Protein and Fiber. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K and a very good source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin A. Although high in fat, cheese is a good source of Calcium and Protein.
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cuisine Italian Inspired
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories:
Author: Mostly Adapted from 'Oh She Glows'

Ingredients

  • * omit the parmesan cheese in this recipe if you are Vegan
  • Pot of Water
  • Barilla Whole Grain Penne – 1-13.5 ounce box
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Lemon juice – 1
  • Lemon zest – 1
  • California Avocados – 2
  • Fresh Basil Leaves – handful I love basil, so I added a big handful
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsp the original recipe calls for 4 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed Red Pepper – 1 tsp use less if you can't handle heat
  • Starchy Pasta Water reserved – 1/4 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese – garnish on top optional

Instructions

  • Star by boiling a pot of water on high heat.spaghetti 045
  • While the water boils, get your ingredients out… garlic, lemon juice, and zest of a lemon.
  • Add the 3 ingredients to the food processor and pulse until everything is blended and chopped.
  • Once the water boils, follow the directions on the back of the box and cook until al dente.
  • In the meantime, slice an avocado, remove the pit, and add it to the food processor. Grab a handful of basil as well.
  • Add the basil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  • Process all the ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy consistency, get the sides as well.
  • Like this.
  • Drain the pasta and reserve some of the starchy pasta water. Add the avocado pesto to the pasta.
  • Toss well, and add the starchy pasta water, about 1/4 cup or a little more to thin out the sauce to your liking.
  • Optional, top with some parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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