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.

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 my newest favourite pasta dish. The avocado works wonderfully in this recipe to create a sauce so creamy and thick, you will think there is cream hiding in there. Inspired by My Recipe.org

Yield
3 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces (255 g) uncooked pasta (use gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1 to 2 small cloves garlic, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ripe medium avocado, pitted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1 to 2 mL) fine-grain sea salt
  • 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.
  2. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: In a food processor, combine the garlic and basil and pulse to mince.
  3. Add the lemon juice, oil, avocado flesh, and 1 tablespoon (15  mL) water and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add another 1 tablespoon (15 mL) water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot. Add 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.
  5. Top with lemon zest, pepper, and fresh basil leaves, if desired.

Tips: Because avocados oxidize quickly after you slice them, this sauce is best served immediately. If you do have leftover sauce, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
For a grain-free version, 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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Paige @Running Around Normal January 31, 2011

That looks spectacular!!!

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Christi January 31, 2011

I tried this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! It goes great on spaghetti squash, and I added chicken too because I am not vegan. I am relatively new to your site and have been trying to eat healthy for the last 8 months or so. Everything was so boring and bland, but you make it interesting and delicious! I’m in love… :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011

I’m glad you enjoy it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 31, 2011

Ohh this pasta looks so creamy and delicious! I love that there is no actual cream! Too bad avocados are ridiculously expensive at grocery stores in Cleveland right now :(

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Emma January 31, 2011

this could not have come at a better time! I am a nanny, and I couldn’t resist a whopping spoonful of the Kraft mac n cheese I stole from their lunch today, and now I’m just dying to have more and this definitely looks like it’ll satisfy :)

also, I AM SO THANKFUL FOR QUICK RECIPES! i am constantly trying to find healthy ones, and share them on my blog

moral of the story, cannot wait to try it :)

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa January 31, 2011

So delicious! Made it for dinner and the hubs and I both loved it. I agree that the basil could be optional – kind of got lost, but amazing nonetheless.

For a non-vegan option, I am assuming by adding parmesean cheese you’d have a suitable substitute for alfredo!

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Katie H January 31, 2011

I didn’t have any basil or lemon, so I made mine with cilantro and lime. Fabulous!!!

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schmei January 31, 2011

I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and I inhaled it – so, so tasty!!!

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Hannah January 31, 2011

Eeep! This is like the healthier, more nourishing and satisfying version of spaghetti aglio e olio! I’m just getting myself back into an appreciation of avocado, so must try this soon :)

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Kate January 31, 2011

I made this for supper tonight and it was sooo good, Im pretty sure I was actually making noise while eating, haha. I’ve been wanting to find an alternative to cream sauces and i think i found it. Thanks for being so creative! :)

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Sarah January 31, 2011

oh this looks FANTASTIC! Right up my alley, I will definitely be trying this out soon!

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Roz January 31, 2011

Love that dated video!!! And the pasta looks great. Have a great weekend Angela!!

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Emily January 31, 2011

Wow that pasta packs some serious protein! And of course it looks delish!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged January 31, 2011

Isnt it amazing what avocado can do??? I mean, for goodness sakes, I even used it to make a non-mayo potato salad dressing! That stuff is magic. I dont trust people who dont like it!

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catherine @my kind of life January 31, 2011

that looks yummy! have been looking for an avocado recipe that’s not guacamole. will definitely be giving that a try!

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Meg January 31, 2011

Yet again another delicious, quick & healthy meal! I made it with whole wheat fettuccine and threw in some tomatoes, it tasted like heaven :) Cant wait to eat some yummy avocado pasta again

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Alyssa January 31, 2011

I was wondering how much the avocado flavor shined through? My bf loves guacamole but not avocados… I was hoping I could sneak this in at some point without him suspecting avocados.

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Toronto Girl West February 1, 2011

Brilliant idea girly! :)

BTW – I’ve no idea why my Twitter program for the iPhone keeps on unfollowing you. I add you. Then you disappear.

So if it looks like I’m not following you, it’s not on purpose! Promise!

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Lili February 1, 2011

Wow you are so creative! I’d have never thought about using avocado for a creamy pasta sauce! Will def. try this ~

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Casey Thomas February 1, 2011

I make a very similar avocado sauce every single week to top my zucchini noodles with or even mash through salad. Especially for cabbage salads as it wilts the cabbage and makes it all creamy. OK, I’m hungry now, lol!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 1, 2011

I love avocados. I’venever thought to put it on pasta though…yum! :)

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Hong February 1, 2011

This sounds like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try making pesto with avocado. Will definitely make it a staple in summer-time meals! Thanks.

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Kayla @ Fitterthanchoc February 1, 2011

I think it’s a great idea to make the sauce creamy by using avocado! Totally love your blog, and your recipes. It’s been a life-saver for me because I’m dairy-intolerant:)

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 1, 2011

Wow, that sauce looks delicious! I don’t really like pasta, but the wheels in my little head are turning now about a possible avocado-drenched enchilada situation…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011

oh my gosh what a great idea!

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Meg February 1, 2011

I just wanted to leave a comment to say thanks for inspiring me to try running again.
I was curious if you would post about how you learned to run.. I have no endurance.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011

Hi Meg, I have written a post on it here: http://ohsheglows.com/2009/08/20/my-running-journey-from-1-minute-to-10-miles/ Hope this helps! Ange

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Lauren February 1, 2011

Yum! I adore avocado! Next time I’ve got some in my house I will definitely be making a sauce out of it for my pasta!

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Lindsay February 1, 2011

Made it last night! Was a big hit.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011

glad you liked it!

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Kirsten February 1, 2011

Loved this recipe! I made it last night for dinner. Added some cilantro, spinach and some sauteed zucchini in as well. A perfect green pasta dish! Thanks for sharing!

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Allie February 1, 2011

Avacado plus pasta sounds like heaven! I think I will be making this during the week!

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Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner February 1, 2011

I love avacados!!! I LOVE YOU ANGELA!!! You are always coming up with the BEST recipes!!! Thanks girl! :)

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Nicole February 1, 2011

Yum!! That looks incredible. Anything with avocado, I’m into.

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April @ Crazy Fabulous Life February 1, 2011

I tried this for dinner last night with a couple of differences (instead of basil I used baby spinach and I used whole wheat rotini for the pasta, plus I halved the recipe because it was only me eating it) and it was wonderful! Not only was it delicious but I didn’t even have any snack cravings throughout the evening. Thanks for the recipe Angela, it rocks :)

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MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan February 1, 2011

I just bought my VERY FIRST avocado yesterday, can you believe it??
And that video is to die for cute!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011

prepare yourself for a life long addiction :)

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Anna February 1, 2011

On a non-spaghetti note, this “sauce” would make an awesome guacamole!

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kaila @ healthy helper! February 1, 2011

omg that video was the cutest thing ever!!!!!

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Melanie Robinson February 1, 2011

Angela, I made this for my husband and I tonight and it turned out fabulous! I added broiled chicken (Jared and I aren’t vegetarians by any stretch of the imagination) as well as a freshly diced tomato before serving! Delicious! I will make this again for my cream-based-pasted-obsessed husband!

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Melanie Robinson February 1, 2011

Oh ya! And I used cilantro instead of basil – definitely a good substitute if there is no basil on hand!

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Malorie February 2, 2011

I had this for lunch today and added some roasted red peppers I just made. It was amazing! My family teases me because apparently I talk about how amazing and delicious avocados are all the time. They keep asking me if I’m getting paid to be a walking, talking avocado infomercial :D But they’re loaded with so many good things and they’re so creamy!

I can’t believe I never thought to sub them in a creamy pasta sauce! Thanks for the idea!

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Melanie February 2, 2011

This looks delicious! I don’t have a food processor though =( Is there an alternate way to mix it that you can suggest?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2011

I would say you could whip it by hand, but I’m not sure…

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amy February 2, 2011

That is a brilliant idea! I should definitely make it sometime as I am a HUGE fan of avocado. : )

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Mg February 2, 2011

Made it with dinner. Yum. Easy. Thank you for posting!

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Gena February 2, 2011

I make a sauce just like this! And I love love love it over zucchini pasta :)

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