15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

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Oh…my….gosh.

Alert the grocery store because there is going to be an avocado shortage in my town. Well, more than usual that is.

[And yes, I said ‘store’. As in singular…We’re small town folk.]

You can whip up this pasta dish in under 15 minutes flat! I know I will be making it again and again, especially for those dinners when we are strapped for time…or just plain old tired after a long day.

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15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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Creamy, thick, and rich with lots of garlic flavour and a hint of lemon, this is one of my favourite pasta dishes. The avocado works wonderfully in this recipe to create a sauce so creamy and thick you will think there is cream hiding in there.

Yield
3 servings
Prep Time
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Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces (255 grams) uncooked pasta
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, to taste
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 ripe medium avocado, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon zest, for serving

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. For a lighter option, serve the avocado sauce with zucchini noodles.
  2. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: In a food processor, combine the garlic and basil and pulse to mince. Add the lemon juice, oil, avocado, and 1 tablespoon water and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot. Add all of the avocado sauce and stir until combined. You can gently rewarm the pasta if it has cooled slightly, or simply serve it at room temperature.
  4. Top with pepper, lemon zest, and fresh basil leaves, if desired.

Tips:

  • Because avocados oxidize quickly after you slice them, this sauce is best served immediately.
  • Make it grain-free: Serve this avocado sauce with spiralized or julienned zucchini or on a bed of spaghetti squash.

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I used some fun pasta to increase the nutrition factor- first, 1 serving (3oz) of spelt pasta.

Spelt pasta has a great nutritional profile with 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre per serving.

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I also used one 3oz serving of Kamut pasta.

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Kamut pasta has 13 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre per serving. Niiiiice.

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They both taste AMAZING and are very easy on the digestive system. I purchased both of them in the natural food section of Loblaws/Superstore. Regular white spaghetti has only 1.7 grams of fibre and 4 grams of protein per serving.  Eric and I actually prefer the nutty flavour of the ancient grains over the white pasta so it is an easy switch.

If you don’t have a scale or pasta measuring device, one serving of pasta (3oz) is about the diameter of a quarter!

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PS- That picture above took me 6 tries to get in focus! lol

A couple of the out of focus ones…

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Whoops!

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Oh the joys of amateur photography. ;)

While the pasta is cooking away, prepare the ‘cream’ sauce in a food processor. I used 3 cloves of garlic and it was quite garlicky, so if you are not a big fan of garlic I would suggest using 1-2 cloves.

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I love that avocado can be used as a substitute for cream in this recipe. The healthy fats in avocado make our skin glow and hair shine as an added bonus. :)

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Strain and rinse the cooked pasta.

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Add the sauce and mix well.

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Garnish with lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper.

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I fell in love.

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So did Eric.

We are now married to this pasta.

And I’m actually going through withdrawal just looking at these pictures.

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Looking for other pasta recipes that I enjoy? Try these recipes below:

* Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

* Lightened Up Sundried Tomato Pasta

 

In other news, it’s Monday and I woke up in a haze today. That is, until I watched this video below! It made my entire day, so I thought I would spread the joy. Animals are just the most fascinating and intelligent creatures and I’m always blown away by stories like this.

 

I can’t decide what I like more about the video:

1) It has a date of ‘1999’, but it is clearly circa 1980’s, 2) the old married couple that I want to adopt, 3) The crow scaring the cat (minute 3:44),  4) The cat scaring the crow (minute 5:00), 5) The crow squawking at the cat to ‘get off the road’ (minute 4:40), or 6) Is that ALAN THICKE from Growing Pains?!

It kills me, it really does.

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Ally April 24, 2017
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Simple ingredients and simple steps! I was so happy to eat this yummy and pretty dish sooner rather than later. :D

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Tenille Elliott April 15, 2017
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Delicious simple recipe! I added 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes with a bit of Mrs. Dash and we pretty much went to town on the whole pot!

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Skylar February 13, 2017

Hello, thanks for the recipe!

I made way too much, and I’m trying to save it as leftovers for tomorrow.
Is it safe to eat if the avocado turns brown?

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Margaret February 2, 2017

I’ve been serving this delicious and easy avocado pasta sauce for a few years and failed to write down the source when I jotted it down. Today, when I happened upon this recipe on your site, it dawned on me that it had come from you! Sorry it took so long to thank you. I serve this at least every other week, and my family and I love it.

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Angela Liddon February 3, 2017

Aw, it’s so lovely to hear this recipe has become such a staple for you!

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Bee January 6, 2017
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I saved this recipe a while ago but finally got a chance to try it tonight. Yum!! I’m trying to be healthier (but of course giving up pasta is out of the question) and this was a great, easy, fairly healthy meal even I could make. I was amazed how flavorful it is. Absolutely love avocado and garlic so this is definitely a new go-to meal. Thank you!

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Angela Liddon January 9, 2017

I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Bee!

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Sophie December 9, 2016
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Wow, what a well-loved recipe! This has become part of my weekly rotation index for the past year or so. I always add some vegan cashew parmesan on top. SO easy, filling and delicious. Thanks to another commenter for the idea, I will be trying it with some peas next time.

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Seth SM December 3, 2016
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Made it tonight for two of my (meat-eating) roommates and myself. Very tasty and satisfying while still being light. Also quick and easy to make.

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holly November 26, 2016

try this topped with sundried tomatoes!

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Kayleigh October 17, 2016

Hey! Really looking forward to trying this recipe!, however there is one issue. I do not own a food processor. Is there any other equipments or something I could use in the absence of it? Thanks! (Ps. I don’t own a blender either. Tsk tsk, I know. I’m poor.)
Kayleigh.

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Sophie December 9, 2016

You should invest in a NutriBullet! It can do (almost) the same things as an expensive food processor.

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ebony marshall October 1, 2016

hi just wondering if you can freeze the sauce and re-heat it ?

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Annne September 19, 2016

Can’t wait to try this!

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Sheila Richardson August 13, 2016

I was looking for a pasta and avocado recipe and found this! The result looks delicious, I will try this soon as possible :D

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Angela Liddon August 17, 2016

I hope you enjoy it, Sheila!

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Barb August 8, 2016

Can I make this without basil I don’t care for basil but really want to make this

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Sophie December 9, 2016

I made it with spinach and it turned out great :)

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Anne July 29, 2016

You say the avocado pasta dish is gluten free. Pasta is not gluten free. Please ammend this by stating you need to find a gluten free form of pasta!!

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Taylor July 12, 2016
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I’m really late to the party here, but I wanted to say I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and loved everything I’ve made but this is my new favorite! I only made enough for one so I used the blender and it wasn’t quite as smooth as yours, but it was really good and I’m looking forward to making a full batch next time! Thanks for this wonderful corner of the Internet! I don’t comment much, but I always enjoy reading.

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Angela Liddon July 13, 2016

Hey Taylor, thanks so much for the lovely comment! It’s great to hear from you, and I’m so happy you’ve discovered a new fave here. :)

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mitchuchiyo July 10, 2016

Easy and delicious! I’d go easy on the lemon juice next time I make it (maybe add half to start, then some more to taste) as I found it quite citrus-y; but such a simple and tasty recipe, so will definitely do again.

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Julie Henriksen June 29, 2016

I have been trying to find a good pesto alternative ever since I became vegan last year. I am sure I have read the labels of each of the pesto glasses in the store a dusin times.

This one looks good, and I will certainly try it! All the best!

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Angela Liddon June 29, 2016

I hope you like it when you try it, Julie!

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Katie June 20, 2016

Newbie here – I’d heard of “Oh She Glows” from a friend (who loves you, btw, and has your recipe book) and I’m glad I checked you out. What my friend forgot to mention is that not only are you Canadian, but you live in ONTARIO, which I am SO happy about (also a fellow Ontarian here, from a small town). I get frustrated because some of the recipe blogs I read are from the states and sometimes you just can’t get the same ingredients up here. I’m a PC supporter, and am thrilled that I will be able to find things at the Superstore. Finally a recipe blog that speaks my language. Keep up the amazing work!

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Angela Liddon June 20, 2016

Hi there, Katie! Thanks for the lovely hello–it’s always great to hear from a fellow Ontarian. :) I hope you’ve been enjoying the recipes on the blog so far!!

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Kay Eff June 12, 2016
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Although I liked this recipe, it was a little bland for me. I added a little soy sauce (would use tamari but can’t find it in Ecuador, where I live), roasted tomatoes, and a tiny bit of olive juice to enhance the flavor, and it helped a lot!

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Angela Liddon June 13, 2016

Those sound like delicious recipe additions, Kay! :)

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Shasha May 31, 2016
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Been looking for some healthy pasta option and who knew avos make awesome pesto! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I didn’t have any basil, so I put in corriander instead…I love corriander in everything. Thank you for sharing such a simple and tasty recipe! x

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Eva May 26, 2016

Oh yes! I used to hate avocado taste, but now I love it. Especially as a pasta sauce. I also love it on rye bread with some hard boiled eggs. Yumm…

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Teyana April 26, 2016

I tried this and added almond milk to make it a little creamier, worked great:)

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Maaliyah April 13, 2016
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Made this multiple times and added some of my own ingredients to the sauce: kale (taste and extra vegetable), nutritional yeast (extra protein), and oregano (taste and to make it a bit spicy and to smell good).

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Angela Liddon April 14, 2016

Those sound like delicious modifications, Maaliyah! Thanks for sharing. :)

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Rose R April 9, 2016

This post made my day, five years after it was posted. Avocado pasta to animals friends: what else could I want to stumble upon on the web on a cold April day in Canada?

Thanks for posting!

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Angela Liddon April 12, 2016

Aw, thanks for the comment, Rose! Knowing I made your day helped make MY day. :)

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bea April 3, 2016

hi! great recipe. i just wd like to say, i think it is not gluten free, it shouldnt be billed so. spelt and kamut are not wheat but they are cereals that contin gluten, i believe. they shd not be billed as gluten free or wheat alternatives. other than that, tasty and healthy. thanx

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Shanna March 20, 2016

Even kids I know have really enjoyed this one! Healthy too!

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Matt Cox March 1, 2016

Oh my Goooooooodddddd, this was delicious! Lovely recipe. Zingy flavour, garlicky and filling.

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Angela Liddon March 1, 2016

Hi Matt, glad you enjoyed it!

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Laura January 28, 2016
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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! I’ve made it too many times to count! Thank you SO much!

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kati January 11, 2016
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AMAZING!!

I added a little more olive oil and 1/4 of raw cashews to the blend, and I’ve had it twice this week.

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anotherfreakyblog December 17, 2015

O-M-G. Two of my most loved things together and I have never thought of this combo before!
Thank you, thank you, and more thank you

http://anotherfreakyblog.blogspot.com.es/

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Rhonda Norris December 13, 2015

My daughter in Melbourne recommended your avocado pasta. She just said goodbye to a friend from Germany who has been staying with her for two weeks and liked your avocado pasta so much that she pestered my daughter to make it for her – had it for dinner four or five times! So I’m trying it tonight here in Sydney, in sunny Australia. Love your recipes and your stories. The kitten and crow video reminded me of a crow that used to visit our garden every afternoon for nine months or so when our children were little. She used to peck on the window of our family room to get our attention when the kids came home from school and she’d walk around with us in the garden. We called her Pica and she seemed very smart for a bird. Then she suddenly stopped coming. We all grieved a little when she failed to return. She was a friend to us. Maybe there’s more to crows than we realise. Have a wonderful Christmas with your little family, Angela!

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t December 8, 2015
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Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Just made it and didn’t like it.
It is very creamy, but in my opinion it does not have much taste.
Have a good day

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Jay Haynes November 25, 2015
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Brilliant :) It`s so easy and so amazingly tasty. Thank you

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Lori November 10, 2015
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I made this for dinner tonight, and it was amazingly delicious and easy peasy! Thank you so much!

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mb October 8, 2015
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Great pesto, super creamy, easy to make, good use of natural ingredients. It took me longer than 15 minutes, more like 30, or i would rate it a 5.
Definitely needed to add the water, or it wouldn’t have melded together well enough. Great on some leftover pasta from the fridge and the lemon zest is a great touch. Thank you Angela!

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Rose Kramer October 8, 2015
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OMG I’M WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I JUST MADE THIS AND WOW IT IS SO SO SO SO GOOD! IT TASTES SO CREAMY AND YUM OMFG MAKE THIS! NOW BACK TO EATING

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Sonia October 4, 2015

If I don’t have basil leaves can I just make it without it ? Will it be nice.?

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Hillary September 17, 2015
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Wow! This recipe is AMAZING. It has become a new staple for me. :) Thanks so much for introducing me to avocado pasta!

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