This fettuccine recipe is so creamy, so satisfying, and so flavorful that it is hard to believe it is low in carbs and easy to make. But it is! Thanks to ingredients such as avocados, spinach, and Carba-Nada Reduced Carb Pasta - Roasted Garlic Fettuccine, its nutritional profile might be perfect for your low-carb or weight loss meal plan.
It starts with a creamy sauce with flavors inspired by pesto. Classic pesto ingredients here are basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. The avocado and olive oil add creaminess and a ton of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats - the types that are rich in a Mediterranean diet and that are linked to benefits such as lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels. If you want, you can add some walnuts or pine nuts to the food processor or blender when you make your creamy avocado sauce.
The Carba-Nada Reduced Carb Pasta - Roasted Garlic Fettuccine has 15 grams of protein, so you can have a high-protein pasta dinner without adding meat! If you like, though, this recipe is great with chicken, salmon, or shrimp.
This creamy low-carb avocado pesto-inspired fettuccine can be an entire meal on its own. If you like, you can use optional toppings or garnishes. Additional parmesan cheese or a drizzle of olive oil gives it a bit more body. If they are in season, some halved cherry or grape tomatoes add color and flavor. Or you can garnish it with a wedge of lemon or some additional fresh basil.
You can also serve it with a small side salad or a bowl of berries. It will still be low in carbs, high in fiber, and free from guilt.
Recipe for Creamy Low-Carb Avocado Pesto-Inspired Fettuccine
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes