Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta – a creamy sauce made with avocados, spinach, basil and pecans. A super healthy and delicious pasta dish, eat without guilt.
Avocados seem to be my latest passion. I buy them by the dozen and then put them in everything. Wraps, salads and now pasta dishes. Although some people may be afraid of them because they do have quite a bit of fat, but that doesn’t mean they are bad for you. Quite the opposite. Avocados are great for you and they have healthy fats, called monounsaturated fat which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart diseases. If that didn’t convince you, they also have quite a bit of protein, very low sugar and are an excellent source of potassium. But my favorite part of all, 1 medium avocado contains 11 grams of fiber, can you believe that? That’s almost half of the daily recommended minimum intake. So I say one avocado a day keeps the doctor away.
But why stop there? To make this creamy avocado sauce even healthier for you I added a bunch of spinach. Now we all know the health benefits of spinach, it has high nutritional value and very rich in antioxidants. But spinach doesn’t stop there. I was just reading about this recently and there have been multiple studies that show that spinach helps combat many cancers, helps boost eye health and has strong anti-ageing properties.
I can go on and on and talk about the benefits of avocados and spinach, but why bother. All you need to know is that not only is this sauce good for you, it tastes freaking amazing. It’s like a pesto almost because I added some pecans and a bit of Parmesan cheese too, but no oil whatsoever because you don’t need it. You get all the creaminess from that great avocado. This sauce should be bottled and sold, it’s money. I have to think of more ways to use this because it’s simply amazing. It’s crazy good. As I was eating this I was thinking I should feel guilty because here I am eating a bowl of creamy pasta, but I had to keep reminding myself that it’s good for me. But it felt so bad. But it was so good.
To make this even better you could use gluten free pasta or whole wheat pasta, whatever you wish.
I also love the bright green color of this sauce, it’s so purrty. I just love the color green in my food. It looks healthy. It is healthy. Of course if you were to skip the spinach, you might not get that bright green color, so the spinach definitely helps.
The best thing about this pasta dish is that the only cooking required is for you to boil the pasta. The rest, my friends, no cooking required. All you need is a blender and a bowl.
Needless to say it’s all gone and now writing this post and looking at these pictures I wish that I still had a bowl of this so I can stuff my face with it. It’s a bowl of health. Totally delish and super good for you.
- 10 oz spaghetti or fettuccine (I used semolina pasta)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- ½ cup pecans
- ¼ cup basil
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¾ to 1 cup pasta water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
- While pasta is cooking, add the rest of the ingredients to your blender and blend until it turns into a smooth sauce. Start with ¾ cup of pasta water and add more as needed to get the consistency you want.
- Toss the pasta with the sauce in a bowl and serve immediately. This sauce is best served the day it is made, as it uses avocados which will turn a brownish color.
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