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Cherry Tomato Pasta with Avocado Sauce

Top-down of spiral pasta noodles with cherry tomatoes and avocado sauce in a pale red bowl

This simple pasta dish feels indulgent without being overly rich, thanks to the heart-healthy avocado. To your surprise, the flavorful sauce will have you thinking there is some creamy goodness hiding inside, but to your surprise, it’s dairy and guilt-free.


  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) of protein-enriched rotini (about 3-1/2 cups uncooked).
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted.
  • 1 cup fresh spinach.
  • 1/4 cup of loosely packed basil leaves.
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved.
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of coarsely ground pepper.
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil.
  • 1 cup of assorted cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts.
  • Optional: shredded Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and grated lime zest.


  • 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 the rotini and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the avocado mixture and tomatoes; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts, and add toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 314 calories
  • 18g fat (2g saturated fat)
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 125mg sodium
  • 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber)
  • 9g protein
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