“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?
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 1 pound regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free fettuccine pasta
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1¼ cups of the pasta water, and return the pasta plus ¼ 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.
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