Creamy Avocado Pasta


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For a unique (and quick) pasta dish, we love this bright & creamy avocado pasta sauce.

This recipe is similar to pesto in that it’s a blended sauce with fresh ingredients and requires no cooking. It’s rich, creamy and full of avocado flavor.

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Creamy Avocado Pasta

Who doesn’t love all things pasta? We have used avocado in place of mayonnaise for pasta salads and egg salads and in this dish, it creates a great sauce tossed with hot pasta.

  • This sauce is easy to make and loaded with fresh flavor.
  • The dish is extra fast, while the pasta cooks you can prep the sauce and it requires no cooking.
  • Add tomatoes, various cheeses, and fresh herbs to change up this dish.

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Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients guarantee the freshest, brightest flavors!

AVOCADOS are the star of this recipe! They give the pasta its vibrant color, a rich creamy texture and great flavor!

SEASONINGS Garlic, basil, & parsley are highlighted with a splash of lemon juice to make all the flavors come to life! And all pesto-type sauces need to have olive oil.

PASTA Anything goes. We prefer a long pasta but really, any medium pasta will work too. Try penne or farfalle.

Variations

Add a little chopped spinach,  some sliced, sautéed mushrooms, or fresh or roasted tomatoes!

How to Make Avocado Pasta

Avocado pasta sauce comes together so easily, all it takes is a food processor and fresh ingredients!

  1. Cook pasta. Drain, but save some of the pasta water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, pulse sauce ingredients (per recipe below) in a food processor until smooth & creamy.
  3. Place pasta in a serving dish, add avocado pasta sauce and toss. Add enough pasta water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.

Garnish with extra parm & herbs if desired.

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Tips for Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

  • Pasta cooked al dente (cooked a little firm) keeps the dish from getting mushy!
  • Add additional fresh basil to the sauce if you’d like and save some extra for garnish.
  • The addition of lemon to the sauce adds flavor but also keeps the avocado from turning brown.
  • Don’t rinse your pasta, the starches help the sauce stick to it.
  • Pasta water is a bit starchy and can thin out the sauce to your liking but also helps the sauce cling to the pasta.
  • Fresh parmesan and chili flakes are the perfect toppers for this recipe.

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Review Recipe

Avocado Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Avocado Pasta is a flavorful & budget-friendly entrèe that comes together in 25 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces long pasta such as angel hair or spaghetti
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 avocados ripe
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream do not substitute milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated , divided
  • parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and chili flakes for garnish optional

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Instructions

  • Combine garlic, avocados, basil, parsley, heavy cream, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese in a food processor.
  • Pulse the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well and reserve pasta water, do not rinse.
  • While pasta is hot, toss with avocado sauce adding pasta water as needed to thin out the sauce.
  • Garnish with remaining parmesan cheese and additional herbs if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Pasta cooked al dente (cooked a little firm) keeps the dish from getting mushy!
  • Add additional fresh basil to the sauce if you'd like and save some extra for garnish.
  • The addition of lemon to the sauce adds flavor but also keeps the avocado from turning brown.
  • Don't rinse your pasta, the starches help the sauce stick to it.
  • Pasta water is a bit starchy and can thin out the sauce to your liking but also helps the sauce cling to the pasta.
  • Fresh parmesan and chili flakes are the perfect toppers for this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 552, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 367mg, Potassium: 709mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 508IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Avocado Pasta, Avocado Pasta Sauce, best Avocado Pasta, how to make Avocado Pasta
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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  1. All recipes look delicious and easy to make. My kind of cooking….I have tried some. Delicious