This recipe is bright, creamy, salty, and slightly burned and crunchy. It's a delightful sensory experience, and also kind-of healthy, if you believe in that sort of thing! Also, this recipe would make a great paleo dinner with some spiraled veggie pasta.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Vegetables:
Pasta:
Sauce:
Garnish:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Combine broccoli, red bell peppers, and yellow onion in a large bowl. Add olive oil, juice of 2 limes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss to coat. Spread vegetables onto a baking sheet.

  • Roast vegetables, stirring 1 or 2 times, in the preheated oven until edges begin to blacken, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

  • Fill a large pot with water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

  • Blend avocados, juice of 2 limes, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender until sauce is smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro and pulse until just incorporated.

  • Gently toss pasta, roasted vegetables, and sauce together in a large bowl. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, cilantro stems, sea salt, and black pepper.

Cook's Notes:

If using a blender for the sauce, you may want to dice the avocados before blending so that the mixture processes more evenly.

Lemon juice can be substituted for the lime juice, if desired. It's not as good, but it's still totally awesome.

Zucchini and mushrooms are both great in this dish, too, just not as pretty as broccoli and red bell peppers.

Nutrition Facts

675 calories; protein 20.4g 41% DV; carbohydrates 105.6g 34% DV; fat 23g 35% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 520.2mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2015
Was very different and good but I should have stayed with the recipe as far as lime juice. The reviews said less but needs it. I also added portobello mushrooms. Needs more broccoli garlic and a little oil. Delish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2016
I like all these parts roasted veggies guacamole and pasta..but together it didn't work for me. the guac is too mild to stand out with the pasta and doesn't mesh with the roasted veggies. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2015
Was very different and good but I should have stayed with the recipe as far as lime juice. The reviews said less but needs it. I also added portobello mushrooms. Needs more broccoli garlic and a little oil. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2014
Sooo good! My family loved this too. Next time I think I will use maybe one more avocado. I also used a sweet onion inwith tthe veggies! Delish! Will absolutely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2017
Definitely a little different. It felt more like a pasta salad than a pasta main dish but this is not a bad thing. The lime gave it a nice zip. I made the recipe way smaller and still had a ton of leftovers after dinner for two so I can't even picture how much the full recipe would make. I don't like broccoli so I added a zucchini and a portobello mushroom instead. I also used a red onion. I had originally given this recipe a 4/5 and written that I wouldn't make it a weekly meal but it has become one of our all time favourites. Basically like mixing guacamole with a delicious roasted vegetable pasta--yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2014
Really liked the sauce! I will make again but tweak to our tastes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2014
It was really good. I wud use a tad less lime but what made it good was the roasted broccoli Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2019
OMG!)) Looks really amazing!) I will try!) And i want to recommend one of my Favourite recipe - https://greenann.com/recipe/mushrooms-avocado-pasta/ Vegan Pasta with Mashrooms and avocado sauce!)) Tasty!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2020
Excellent and easy - Making it again this weekend. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2014
Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. My anti Vegan husband actually went back for seconds. Side note unless you're making this for a dinner party or you have a Brady Bunch sized family 1/2 this one. 2 boxes of pasta make a lot of leftovers. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2014
I liked it. I would definitely go with less lime and less salt next time but otherwise this will be one I try again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2016
I like all these parts roasted veggies guacamole and pasta..but together it didn't work for me. the guac is too mild to stand out with the pasta and doesn't mesh with the roasted veggies. Read More