Pasta is a natural staple in our home, but sometimes we wonder if it’s healthy enough to be in our rotation as often as it is. Luckily, thanks to Give Me Lemons‘ Spinach and Avocado Pesto recipe, we no longer have to worry! Made from only fruits, vegetables, and herbs, this alternative to our usual pasta recipes is healthy, tasty, and fresh for summer.

1 pound linguine noodles
2 large ripe avocados, halved, peeled and seeded
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 packed cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil
1 lemon, juiced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated parmesan (for topping)
1/2 cup pine nuts (for topping)

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine noodles to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain noodles and reserve a cup of the pasta water. Place noodles into medium sized serving bowl.

2. In a food processor, combine avocado, garlic cloves, spinach, basil, lemon and lime juice, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Spoon pesto mixture onto the linguine noodles and toss together until noodles are coated. If needed, use pasta water to thin sauce to desired consistency.

3. Top with grated parmesan cheese and pine nuts (if desired). Serve immediately.

recipe and photo courtesy of Give Me Lemons.

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