Prep:  20 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Serves:  4
Average: 3.2 (19 votes)
Nothing says satisfaction like a great big bowl of fresh pasta. This avocado, spinach & basil pesto pasta dinner is sure to hit the spot.
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Avocado, Spinach and Basil Pesto with Spaghetti
  1. Cook spaghetti in a large saucepan of boiling water, following packet directions
  2. Drain spaghetti reserving 1/4 cup cooking water and set pasta aside
  1. Meanwhile, to make the pesto, place spinach into a medium heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water, toss until leaves wilt. Drain well and squeeze spinach dry
  2. Scoop avocado flesh into a food processor and add spinach, lemon juice, oil, garlic, basil and toasted pine nuts. Process until smooth
  3. Stir through parmesan
  4. Heat olive oil in the saucepan over medium heat; add tomatoes and cook, tossing, until hot
  5. Add spaghetti, reserved pasta water and pesto to pan
  6. Gently toss over heat until just combined
  7. Place in a large serving bowl and sprinkle with extra basil leaves, grated parmesan and season to taste
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