Penne pasta with avocado on plate

Mexican penne with avocado

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(76 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2

Get all five of your 5-a-day in this mildly spiced, healthy pasta dish. It's rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C as well as being low-fat and low-calorie

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre18g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 100g wholemeal penne
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 large onion, sliced, plus 1 tbsp finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 orange pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 196g can sweetcorn in water


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 avocado, stoned and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • ½ lime, zest and juice



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • handful coriander, chopped, plus extra to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in salted water for 10-12 mins until al dente. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium pan. Add the sliced onion and pepper and fry, stirring frequently for 10 mins until golden. Stir in the garlic and spices, then tip in the tomatoes, half a can of water, the corn and bouillon. Cover and simmer for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, toss the avocado with the lime juice and zest, and the finely chopped onion.

  3. Drain the penne and toss into the sauce with the coriander. Spoon the pasta into bowls, top with the avocado and scatter over the coriander leaves.

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30th Nov, 2019
Lovely recipe for a healthyish but yummy meal. I added a little sugar to take away the sharpness. I also halved the spices and added a little smoked paprika. The raw chopped onion on top with the avocado and lime juice so don’t leave this out!
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28th Oct, 2019
If you think it's horrible, you're most likely making it wrong. This pasta dish was absolutely SUPERB, very tasty and flavorful, me and my bf loved it. We didn't use corn as we didn't like the sound of it- but it's absence didn't hinder the recipe at all, one thing I would highly recommend is putting Quorn chunks in it like we did... Very easy and very simple. TIP: If you've left your sauce reducing for too long and its gone a bit too thick, add some pasta water!
24th Oct, 2019
I thought that this was absolutely horrible. Even though I added a sliced chicken breast for extra flavour. Not giving it any stars
12th Jun, 2019
Wanted to try out a new Mexican recipe and this one is ok but not amazing. A good way to pack in your veg but it you definitely only need half a large onion and a squeeze of lime on the avocado (those two things ruined the recipe for me unfortunately!)
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Tasha Tuh
25th Mar, 2019
very tasty reciepe. will definitely be making some again!
18th Feb, 2019
Made this tonight for my husband and me it was yummy I didn’t add the coriander though as I really don’t like it. Would definitely make again.
7th Jan, 2019
A really nice change from a standard tomato and basil sauce, and the avocado salad on the top was a great addition. One thing I will say is that it wasn't massively filling, I did find myself snacking quite a bit throughout the evening!
19th Aug, 2018
Thought I’d try this tonight as it was quick, easy and I had all the ingredients in the house. Well it was delicious! Followed the sauce recipe to the letter and it was very tasty and a good quantity for 2 hungry adults.
2nd Jul, 2018
Disappointing and badly written. A recipe that starts by telling you to cook pasta first and then gives you instructions for the sauce that has a cooking time of 25 mins is silly. The pasta will be hanging around and sticking together long before the sauce is ready. The taste of the sauce is okay but the whole dish is not very subtle and a bit weird.
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1st Jul, 2018
A nice simple recipe. I used some strongly concentrated vegetable stock instead of the bouillon powder which turned out fine. The lime juice on the avocado really finished it off for me.


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