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Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta (Green Noodles)

If you have kids you might be thinking, “My kids would never eat that. It’s too green.”

A spinach avocado pasta (we call them “green noodles!” might be a hard sell on paper, but I promise this greens-packed sauce is surprisingly tasty with a few tricks!

This spinach avocado pasta is a great recipe if you have gobs of spinach you need to use up. (Like, most of a 10-ounce bag.)

You could also use frozen spinach in this, too! I added notes about that in the recipe.

The sauce gets a lot of its flavor from the garlic, a big dollop of Greek yogurt, and some fresh Romano cheese, but I threw an avocado in the sauce just for kicks.

And because it was also green.

Smart move because it gave it an extra dose of creaminess without having to add a lot of cheese. Fresh basil would have been a great addition, too!

This is also reason #92574 why you should have an immersion blender in your kitchen.

My 4-year-old had two big piles of this pasta. I call that a win.

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Creamy Spinach & Avocado Pasta

Creamy Spinach & Avocado Pasta

Yield: Serves 4-5

Sometimes red sauce gets old. Go green!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of gluten-free pasta, any shape
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or Microplaned
  • pinch of salt, more to taste
  • 3-4 big handfuls of spinach (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Pecorino-Romano or Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Get the pasta cooking in a very large pot of salted boiling water. Cook according to the package directions for "al dente" doneness. Drain pasta from the pot, setting aside about 1 cup of pasta water.
  2. Return pasta to the pot and set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and the spinach to the saucepan (Yes, the pan will be full. Just stuff it all in.)
  3. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Let the mixture cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the spinach is completely wilted. Add the yogurt, avocado, and half of the of reserved pasta water to the spinach mixture.
  4. Stir it a bit, then buzz it up with an immersion blender. (If you don't have one, transfer to a food processor or a blender. Blend well, and transfer the blended sauce to the pot with the pasta.)
  5. Stir in the cheese, and add more pasta water if it seems too thick. Add salt and pepper, to taste and serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese. 

Notes

Nat's Notes:

  1. You can use any sturdy green in this recipe: kale & Swiss chard would work really well. Or a combination of all three greens!
  2. You may also use frozen chopped spinach or kale. Just toss it into the skillet frozen. You may need less pasta water because of the water that will come off of the frozen greens.
  3. To make this a little more "grown up", add a pinch of pepper flakes when you add the garlic and finish it with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. To make this low-carb, use zoodles instead of gluten-free pasta! Add the raw zoodles to the sauce and cook, stirring for about 4-5 minutes until the zoodles have softened, but aren't mushy. Serve immediately.

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R L Johnson

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

made this and LOVED it. but i found it quite bland. not a bad thing as was easy on a queasy stomach :) i think it was because of a couple of things: i didnt have fresh garlic so used some from a jar & was afraid to add to much.. i should have added more  the basil my recipe called for - all i had was dried- again i didnt put enough in..* i rehydrated in the hot pasta water before blending) and i didnt put a lot of the cheese on top.. should have added WAY more cause it was really good (have never had fresh grated parmesan before. boy am i a convert!!) i WILL be making this again as i loved the creamy texture of the sauce tho i might add a 2nd avocado just because when i do.. :) cheers

caro

Saturday 11th of January 2014

I just made it for lunch and it was really good :) Thank you for the recipe, it is definitely a keeper !

Ellen Trexler

Thursday 10th of October 2013

I recently discovered your site, and couldn't be happier with your recipes. After going Gluten free and Non-GMO as a result of my roommates eating habits, I'm always looking for great "Real Food" recipes, and this is certainly one. SO easy and absolutely delish! I added Basil, some crushed red pepper, and lemon juice and eliminated the butter, substituting EVOO. I may even thin it a bit and use as a salad dressing. I could eat this everyday of the week! Thanks!!

Courtney @ CardioQueen

Friday 22nd of February 2013

I made this tonight, and we LOVED it! The avocado made such a creamy sauce, but this is such a healthy dish! Carbs, veggies, and healthy fats all in one easy meal! Thanks for posting it! :)

Mary Frances

Tuesday 18th of September 2012

Thank you so much for this recipe. I've made it loads of times since you posted, and when I saw my 16 month old devouring it (yet again) tonight - this time with the addition of cherry tomatoes - I knew that the time had come to delurk and say thank you.

Natalie

Wednesday 19th of September 2012

You're welcome!! I'm glad you all liked it and that you decided to "delurk" lol. Hope I see you again soon! :)

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