If you’ve been browsing through food trends lately, you’ve probably come across the avocado pesto pasta sensation. Today, I’m excited to share a healthier twist on this popular dish. We’ll be using high protein, low carb pasta to create a meal that’s not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. This recipe features creamy avocado pesto, aromatic garlic and shallots, fresh basil, and a zesty lemon kick. Plus, it’s topped with grilled chicken for an extra protein boost. Let’s dive into this mouth-watering, nutritious dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 package Kaizen high protein, low carb pasta (19g protein, 2g net carbs, 17g fiber per serving)
  • 3 small cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup pasta water (more if needed)
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Preparing the Garlic and Shallots

  1. Smash and Toast:
    • Smash three small cloves of garlic and one shallot.
    • Heat a pan over medium heat and lightly toast the garlic and shallots for about 3-4 minutes until they are fragrant and golden.

Making the Avocado Pesto

  1. Blend the Ingredients:
    • In a blender cup, add one ripe avocado, toasted garlic and shallots, a handful of fresh basil, and the juice of half a lemon.
    • Add 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast for a cheesy, Parmesan-like flavor.
    • Season with a couple of pinches of salt and pepper.
    • Pour in about half a cup of pasta water to start, and blend until super creamy. Add more water if needed to reach the desired consistency.

Cooking the Pasta

  1. Cook and Combine:
    • Cook the Kaizen high protein, low carb pasta according to the package instructions.
    • Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
    • Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado pesto until well coated.

Finishing Touches

  1. Add Protein and Garnish:
    • Slice the grilled chicken breast and place it on top of the pasta for an extra protein boost.
    • Finish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper.

Why This Recipe Works

The avocado makes the pesto incredibly creamy, providing a rich and satisfying texture without the need for heavy creams or oils. Fresh basil adds a burst of aromatic flavor, while the lemon juice gives a zesty, refreshing note that balances the dish beautifully. Nutritional yeast provides a delicious umami punch reminiscent of Parmesan cheese, making this a perfect dish for those following a plant-based diet or anyone looking to cut down on dairy.

FAQs

How can I make this dish vegan?

  • To make this recipe vegan, simply omit the grilled chicken and Parmesan cheese. You can add more nutritional yeast for extra flavor.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

  • Yes, you can use any pasta you prefer. However, to keep the dish low carb and high protein, it’s best to use a pasta like Kaizen’s high protein, low carb version.

What other proteins can I add?

  • You can add shrimp, tofu, or tempeh as alternative protein sources.

Can I make the pesto ahead of time?

  • Yes, you can prepare the pesto in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

How can I store leftovers?

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Is this dish suitable for meal prep?

  • Absolutely! This dish holds up well in the refrigerator and makes for a great meal prep option. Just store the pasta and pesto separately and combine them before serving.

This high protein, high fiber, low carb avocado pesto pasta is not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious. It’s a perfect meal for anyone looking to enjoy a healthy and satisfying dish. The creamy avocado, fresh basil, and zesty lemon make for an irresistible combination that you have to try. So go ahead and make this recipe – it’s bound to become a favorite!

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High Protein, High Fiber, Low Carb Avocado Pesto Pasta Recipe

Discover a delicious and nutritious high protein, high fiber, low carb avocado pesto pasta recipe that’s perfect for a healthy meal. Packed with flavor and easy to make!
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Calories 429kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 serving low carb pasta I like Kaizen
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • half a lemon juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup pasta water more if needed
  • 4 oz grilled chicken breast
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

Preparing the Garlic and Shallots

  • Smash three small cloves of garlic and one shallot.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and lightly toast the garlic and shallots for about 3-4 minutes until they are fragrant and golden.

Making the Avocado Pesto

  • In a blender cup, add one ripe avocado, toasted garlic and shallots, a handful of fresh basil, and the juice of half a lemon.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast for a cheesy, Parmesan-like flavor.
  • Season with a couple of pinches of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in about half a cup of pasta water to start, and blend until super creamy. Add more water if needed to reach the desired consistency.

Cooking the Pasta

  • Cook the Kaizen high protein, low carb pasta according to the package instructions.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado pesto until well coated.

Finishing Touches

  • Slice the grilled chicken breast and place it on top of the pasta for an extra protein boost.
  • Finish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper.

Video

@watchlolita High Protein, High Fiber, Low Carb Avocado Pesto Pasta | 38g protein, 20g fiber, 7g net carbs 346 calories This is a delicious, nutritious, easy meal that’s perfect for meal prep. I added chicken for extra protein. ✨Recipe 1 shallot – halved 2 cloves garlic 1 avocado 1 cup fresh basil 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 lemon, juiced Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 – 1 cup pasta water Low carb pasta, I like @Kaizen Food Company 2 ounces grilled chicken breast, optional 🥑Directions 1. Cook pasta per instructions, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water 2. Smash the garlic and shallot and toast quickly in a skillet. 3. Add shallot and garlic, avocado, nutritional yeast, basil and lemon juice to a blender. 4. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water to start. 6. Blend and add more pasta water to achieve your perfect sauciness. 7. Mix avocado pesto sauce with the cooked pasta. Toss and top with chicken, freshly grated parmesan and pepper.  #pasta #fyp #lowcarbpasta #highprotein #highfiber #avocadopesto #avocadopasta #easychickendinner #easypastadinner #mealprep #easyhealthyrecipes #viralrecipes ♬ original sound – Lolita 🦋 50+ Radiance✨

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 1193mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4mg

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