Creamy Avocado Pasta

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Creamy Avocado Pasta – a 15 minute dinner with a thick, creamy, and delicious avocado and herb sauce. Super flavorful with just a handful of ingredients!

This was one of the absolute first recipes that I shared on the blog when I started in 2011. I found the recipe on Oh She Glows website. She is/was a plant-based blogger, but doesn’t seem to actively blog anymore.

I am definitely not a plant-based or vegetarian blogger, but I am all for eating more plants when I can. This Chickpea Curry is definitely one of our go-tos when I want to skip the meat. But this avocado pasta is another one of our serious favorites!

avocado pasta topped with walnuts

 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A creamy and comforting plant-based pasta with everyday ingredients. You don’t have to buy a special dairy-free product to make it, just ingredients you are probably already buying!
  • Want to add meat or more protein? Go for it! I topped with a few chopped almonds from some texture, but adding grilled chicken or shrimp would be great to bulk this up more.
  • This is ready in 15 minutes! While you cook the pasta the sauce comes together in just a couple of minutes. Then dinner is done!

Avocado Sauce

This avocado sauce is almost like and avocado pesto. It is creamy, tons of flavor, and so good. The basil definitely gives it a pesto flavor, without nuts, cheese, or tons of oil.

avocado pasta ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Avocado
  • Lime Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dried Pasta

I like to top with red pepper flakes and chopped walnuts for a little extra flavor and texture.

avocado ,basil, and garlic in food processor

How To Make Avocado Pasta

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water to thin the sauce.
  2. Add avocado, basil, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as necessary.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, add it to a bowl with the sauce. If necessary add water a little bit at a time to get the sauce to fully coat the noodles.
  4. Serve immediately.
adding avocado sauce to cooked pasta
Can I use something other than basil?

Yes! Not everyone loves fresh basil, so you can use cilantro or parsley for this sauce and the flavors come together really well.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, this recipe is made for 2 servings. If you want to feed a family just double everything and you will have 4 servings. 1 avocado will cover about 4-5 ounces of dried pasta, so 2 avocado should feed 4.

What to do with leftovers?

This is one of those recipes that does not reheat well. There is lime juice in the sauce, so the avocado will not turn brown quickly, but heating mashed avocado it just not ideal. So just make what you are going to eat.

creamy avocado pasta topped with walnuts

What Can I Add To Avocado Pasta

If you want to make this a more filling meal, you can definitely add meat. By default it is actually vegan, but if you don’t care about that, or want to use vegan/vegetarian friendly alternatives, here are a few ways to bulk this up.

  • Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are great sliced on top
  • Adding Parmesan cheese in top adds great flavor
  • Sauteed Shrimp is a delicious pairing
  • Cherry tomatoes raw or roasted add a burst of flavor to this dish

What Goes With Avocado Pasta

You really can serve this pasta dish with just about anything. But here are a couple of my favorites that go with just about any pasta dinner.

close up avocado pasta in a white bowl for pinterest

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Avocado Pasta

By Erin
Creamy Avocado Pasta – a 15 minute dinner with a thick, creamy, and delicious avocado and herb sauce. Super flavorful with just a handful of ingredients!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 1 large Avocado, pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4-5 ounces dried pasta

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water to thin the sauce.
  • Add avocado, basil, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as necessary.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, add it to a bowl with the sauce. If necessary add water a little bit at a time to get the sauce to fully coat the noodles.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Optional – I topped with chopped walnuts and crushed red pepper

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 381
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