We’re all familiar with red sauce or white sauce to accompany pasta, but I think we need to pay more attention to green sauce.  Traditional basil pesto is probably the most well known green sauce but it isn’t exactly healthy.  This broccoli pesto pasta was the next green sauce we tried and it was such a hit, I knew we were on to something.  I like to call this particular version “great greens pasta” because it includes a sizeable dose of spinach, avocado and basil.  Andrew calls it “green dinosaur pasta” because to him, it’s the dinner equivalent of his favorite smoothie (now renamed green dinosaur smoothie because green monster is sooo 2011.)  Even though we like all the ingredients in this dish individually, I was a little skeptical of how this would work all blended together.  Turns out, we all loved it!

This meal is totally doable on a weeknight which is perfect because now even when I’m looking for a quick pasta dish, I have a recipe that fulfills that requirement while also being pretty nutritious.  The dish is great even without the roasted tomatoes so if you don’t have time for them, it’s okay – I would just toss in some fresh tomatoes if you have them.  However, if you have time for the roasted tomatoes I recommend it because really, they just make everything better.