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“Eat Your Greens” Pasta

“Eat Your Greens” Pasta

Pesto is typically made using basil leaves, and while we include those here, we also add in a couple of other green favorites: spinach and avocado. Adding these vitamin-rich ingredients helps turn an indulgence like pasta into a sneakily healthy meal. Who doesn’t love those?




  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 1/4 cups of the pasta water, and return the pasta plus 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot.
  2. In a blender, combine 1 cup of the spinach, the avocado, pecans, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and blend on high for about 3 minutes until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining 1 cup pasta water to the blender and blend on high for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the sauce to the bowl of pasta along with the remaining 1 cup spinach. Toss to wilt the spinach.
  5. Serve immediately.