Penne pasta with avocado on plate

Mexican penne with avocado

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    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
    Sweetcorn

    Sweetcorn

    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
    Avocado

    Avocado

    av-oh-car-doh

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

  • ½ lime, zest and juice
    Lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • handful coriander, chopped, plus extra to serve

Method

  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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Roubaix
19th Aug, 2018
5.05
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.
gillibee
2nd Jul, 2018
2.05
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.
thomasbw
1st Jul, 2018
4.05
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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George Purves
31st May, 2018
4.05
Very very nice recipe, I added sliced chicken in to my dish, a nice addition which worked well. Very tasty, and healthy too!
Frantic Flapjack
5th Mar, 2018
5.05
Cheap, quick, easy and really tasty. What's not to like? Served some chicken with it for the husband. It was a hit.
stevemaskery
26th Feb, 2018
5.05
I cooked this last night. I'm not veggie, but I was cooking for a veggie friend. This is absolutely delicious, really satisfying, plenty of it, too. I didn't miss the meat one bit. This will by my new go-to veggie dish.
catie74
24th Feb, 2018
The whole family enjoyed this and I had pretty much everything in to make this except used white pasta and chicken stock. The kids thought some olives in it would be nice
Ruti
14th Feb, 2018
I live in Perú. I can't say I have ever seen canned tomatoes - or they are really expensive. But fresh toms plus water seems to do the same thing. A subtropical country doesn't auger well for raspberries etc so any recipe with those ingredients also gets some adaptation! Good food, BBC!
grawrc
11th Jan, 2018
4.05
We (2 of us) really enjoyed this recipe however we found the quantity excessive. We have enough left over for tomorrow!!! We'll do this again but half the quantities. Very tasty and pretty healthy too. We were surprised at how well the corn worked in the sauce. Loads of tastiness in what is a vegan meal. Win win.
myhomemadefood
9th Jan, 2018
5.05
Neither me or my husband are vegetarian but we both enjoyed this meal. It was quick to make for a midweek dinner and used a lot of ingredients I had in the cupboard. The avocado topping was a great addition as it cut through the spice of the pasta.

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