This creamy pasta dish feels indulgent without being overly rich, thanks to heart-healthy avocado! The flavorful avocado and spinach sauce is so creamy and thick you will think cream is hiding in there. But the guilt-free sauce is dairy-free with a rich texture. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

  • Total Time

    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

  • Makes

    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) protein plus rotini

  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

  • 1 cup fresh spinach

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves

  • 2 garlic cloves, halved

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup assorted cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • Optional: shredded Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese and grated lime zest

Directions

  • Cook rotini according to package directions for al dente. Meanwhile, place avocados, spinach, basil, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse until chopped. Continue processing while gradually adding oil in a steady stream.

  • Drain rotini; transfer to a large bowl. Add avocado mixture and tomatoes; toss to coat. Top with pine nuts and toppings of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 314 calories, 18g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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