Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto Recipe
Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto is a fulfilling, healthy one-dish meal to add to your weekly meal plan. It also makes an excellent lunch box meal. Quick and convenient, it is made with pesto which requires no cooking. Additionally, in this recipe, the most nutritious variety of avocado named 'Hess' is used, making it packed with nutrients. Fragrant basil is also used along with walnuts, omitting the cheese typically used in pesto. All this makes the recipe extremely nutritious and healthy. The pesto is creamy thanks to the avocado and fragrant thanks to the basil, making it a tasty, satisfying weeknight dinner.
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- 225 grams Spaghetti Pasta , organic whole wheat
- 2 cups Basil leaves
- 1/2 cup Avocado , pulped
- 1/4 cup Walnuts , roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt , to taste
How to make Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto Recipe
To begin making Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto, first cook the spaghetti. Begin by setting a large pot of water, with a little salt and a drizzle of olive oil, on a high flame. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Then, lower the flame and drop the pasta into it. Cook for about 7-8 minutes, or as per the instructions on the package, until the pasta is cooked al-dente.
Drain the pasta in a colander, retaining the water in which the spaghetti is cooked, by collecting it in in a separate bowl. Do not drain the spaghetti completely, so that it does not dry out while you prepare the pesto.
Next, prepare the pesto. In a mixer/grinder or food processor, add the basil, avocado, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and pulse in bursts of 4-5 seconds until it is disintegrated. Then run the grinder again so it comes together in a smooth paste. If you need to add water to help it run better and turn smooth, add some of the water used to cook the pasta.
In a serving bowl or a platter, mix together the cooked spaghetti and pasta. Sprinkle as much salt as is needed and combine. Drizzle a little bit of the water used to cook the pasta to help mix it evenly.
Serve the Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto with a sprig of basil for garnish and a drizzle of olive oil.
Since the recipe doesn't use any cheese in the pesto, you can add grated cheddar or parmesan while preparing the pesto or even as a garnish when serving.