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Oct 02, 2021 2 min read

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 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and with the flesh scooped out 
  • ½ cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh baby spinach, plus 2 more cups, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package of Carba-Nada Reduced Carb Pasta - Roasted Garlic Fettuccine
  • Optional toppings: more parmesan cheese, halved grape tomatoes, chopped walnuts or slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. Make the creamy avocado sauce by adding the avocado, basil leaves, 1 cup of spinach, olive oil, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese to a blender or food processor. Pulse it until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Cook the Carba-Nada Reduced Carb Pasta - Roasted Garlic Fettuccine according to the directions on the package. Boil water, add the pasta, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. 
  3. Quickly, while the pasta is still hot, add the spinach to the pasta and stir so it wilts. Put the pasta and spinach in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the creamy avocado pesto sauce over the fettuccine. Toss to combine. Let it sit for a few minutes or refrigerate it before serving.
  5. Serve in bowls or on plates. 
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