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Vegan Avocado Pesto Pasta Recipe

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Vegan Avocado Pesto Pasta Recipe
2 servings | 9 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 servings egg-less pasta – I used Fettuccine Nests (they are easy to portion)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 large carrots
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini and carrots into thin “fettuccine”-like slices.
  2. Cook pasta according to instructions; when you have 1 minute left, throw the sliced zucchini and carrots into the pot, then drain.
  3. Place avocado, juice from half lemon, garlic cloves and basil into small food processor. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add salt/pepper to taste.

This recipe yields about 3 Tbsp of the pesto per serving. I like to portion this on top of the pasta before mixing.

Vegan Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto Recipe

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Vegan Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto Recipe
4 Servings – Approximately 1 cup per serving | 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving*

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 tsp table salt, divided, or more to taste
  • 8 oz uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 4 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 small garlic cloves OR 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (use 1 teaspoon salt). Add pasta and cook as package directs until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process spinach, water, oil, garlic and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth; set aside.
  3. Set aside 1/4 cup pasta cooking water and then drain pasta. Return pasta to pot; add vegan cream cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Add pesto sauce and toss to combine, adding reserved cooking water if a thinner consistency is desired.
  5. Season with fresh lemon juice and salt.
*P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com

– Adapted from Weight Watchers

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