15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 31, 2011

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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
Cook time

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces (255 g) uncooked pasta
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (5 to 10mL) fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 ripe medium avocado, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 of 3 bowls | Calories 430 calories | Total Fat 13 grams
Saturated Fat 1.5 grams | Sodium 170 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 68 grams
Fiber 3 grams | Sugar 3 grams | Protein 12 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.

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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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

Woah that pasta looks unbelievable! I love the idea of using avocado as a base for a creamy sauce. I’ve made a similar sauce mixing avocado with greek yogurt (obviously not vegan…) and used it with poached eggs and it was a fabulous substitute for hollandaise sauce, and much healthier.

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Gillian October 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

OH MY WOW!
This was delicious…so tasty and healthy to boot. I’m so happy. I ate a sizeable portion and I feel great in my tummy. Thank you. Now, i’m finishing it off with one of those chocolate chai seed mousses…..ah food heaven.

Gillian Harris, Sweden

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Genevieve January 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

No way! I’m leaving soon for Costa Rica (in two days!) and all I have left to finish is an avocado and garlic cloves – guess what I’ll be cooking… Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it – I love pasta ;)

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sylvie March 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm

i’m living in costa rica and just bought avocados… this sounds amazing and will try it this week. a friend said a local restaurant serves a similar dish…can’t wait!

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Jackie @ Baking Charms January 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

I’ve been looking for an alternative to my favorite (heavy) cream sauces and this looks perfect!!!

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

Looks amazing and love that it’s 15 mins!

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kim January 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

I am so making this tomorrow night for dinner when I return from the grocery store! This sounds delicious and easy. I will make it for one! :)

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[email protected] Sweet Life January 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

Oh my gosh, indeed! That looks so yummy.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

Awesome idea for avocado!

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Annie January 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

Love the video (and the recipe)! How cute! I wish human beings from all walks of life could get along like that.

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Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) January 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hold the phone.
This looks awesome. I CAN’T WAIT to make this! LOVE avocados. LOVE pasta. This dish should be called Pure Love In A Bowl!

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Maria January 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

Delicious! I made something similar a while back to replace mayonnaise in traditional cold pasta salad. The avocado provided the perfect texture – creamy, smooth and neutral – it does exactly what mayo should do without it: http://anthimeria.com/2010/02/11/almost/

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OSGMOM January 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

You had me at Avocado :) The video is just what I needed this morning — very heartwarming & uplifting! & that is Alan Thicke (a fellow Canadian) doing the commentary on the video.

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Melissa January 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

Oh I’m definitely going to have to try that one! Though I think I might add a few extra veggies like green peas and shredded carrot to bulk it up a bit more. Thanks for the note about not reheating. I’ll either have to have a friend over or just make a half batch. Solo cooking sucks sometimes.

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Katie January 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

Avocado and pasta are heaven.

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Jessica Lauren DeBry January 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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I agree, Katie!!! This combo is a winner!

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Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

That’s a genius recipe and I WILL be making it with my new food processor!

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Cait January 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

So funny that you made an AVOCADO pasta because I just posted how much I LOVE avocado and how I need to find more recipes with it! I will be making this dish for dinner tonight!

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carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream January 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

That looks AMAZING! I just bought some spinach fettuccine yesterday… I think its fate! I need to have a green pasta meal !

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Katy @ RecipeCan January 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

oh.my.gosh. is right! this looks AH-MAZING

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Maria April 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Watch out for the raw garlic! It’s super potent…almost spicy. I’d recommend one clove or sauteing the garlic first. What a great alternative for pesto made with cheese!

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Dawn January 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

Haha!! Such a cute and unbelievable video.
That pasta looks deeeelicous, I’ll be giving it a try!
Thanks Angela :)

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Karen January 31, 2011 at 9:52 am

I can not wait to try that pasta, first of all! Looks DEElish!

But more importantly, THANK YOU so much for sharing that video! It was awesome and had my grinning a big goofy grin the whole time I watched:) Awesome!

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[email protected] January 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

That looks amazing, I will definitely be trying that this week! Thanks again for another awesome recipe!

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Meredith January 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hahaa I just watched the entire video. I’ve got such a soft spot for stories like that! And the avocado with pasta idea is genius.

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Gen January 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

mmmmm that looks good! I’ve never eaten much avocado, but now seems like a good time to start trying it out! =D

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

Yum!!! I bet that sauce would be great topped on roasted veggies too!

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Mary (How to not be...) January 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

Oh my gosh I never would have thought the combine avocado & pasta but this seems genius! I also need to try some of this pasta.

P.S. that video is so cool!! I also do love Alan Thicke’s narration. Did you know he was Canadian? He’s always on How I Met Your Mother as a Canadian actor.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

I just found out he was Canadian last night actually! I did a little Wiki stalking, lol

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

This looks great Ange! I love the Sobaya noodles. I’ve got the Kamut Udon ones and made a soup with them last week. Let me know if you need me to bring some avocadoes from a larger city next time I come to visit! :)

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Candice @ChiaSeedMe January 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

Love this idea for avocado! I’ve already put it on my grocery list for today – definitely will be making it tonight or tomorrow! Thanks:)

Cutest video ever too.

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Ashley January 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

That video is adorable. and it is Alan Thicke! I used to love growing pains.

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

Great idea! I’m bummmed that I just used up my lasts avocado! Time to buy more! =)

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Lily's Health Pad January 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

Making this recipe THIS week. I have all the ingredients on hand, so its perfect!

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Alaina January 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

That pasta looks wonderful! I love whole wheat pasta’s that have a rich flavor. :-)

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Liz January 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

This looks delicious. I bought avocados for my salad this week that ripened a little too quickly so this will be perfect! I just make your carot cake smoothie after my hot yoga class this morning and it was fantastic! I love that it’s so naturally sweet from the carrot and banana. I added a few more ice cubes since I like mine super-thich and the vitamix can handle it. Thanks for the great recipie!

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Heather (heathers dish) January 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am completely beside myself right now and praying that my avocados at home are ripe tonight! Yum!

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Halley (Blunder Construction) January 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

I love this!! We will definitely have to try this out, seems like a good substitute for fattier cream sauces!

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[email protected] January 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

that pasta looks amazing!!!!

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Sarah January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

Yum, yum, yum!
I love that it takes just 15 minutes to prepare, too. Sometimes you just need quick and easy.

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

You are brilliant!! What an easy yummy recipe! How I wish I had a ripe avocado!! :)

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Sommer J January 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

Ooooo! What a fantastic way to sneak avocados in the children’s meal and it’s quick? I am all over this. Thanks for the inspiration, there will be an avocado shortage here, as well. Especially since I will share this recipe with my avocado loving friends!

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Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

this pasta looks AMAZING! olus I always have both avocados and whole wheat pasta on hand… I see this being made in my kitchen in the very near future :D. I made a great lunch a few days ago as well: ww pasta topped with sliced avocado, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, pepper salt and fresh basil. ‘t was delish!

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Lauren January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Angela, this pasta sauce looks absolutely heavenly! I love avocados, and will certainly be making this soon. I’m sure it will become a favorite quick meal!

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[email protected] January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

That pasta looks SO good! I love creamy sauces!! That video is AWESOME!!! That is definitely Alan Thicke from Growing Pains;))) LOVE IT!!! My favorite part is when the cat scares the crow:)) Just made my Monday! Thanks!

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Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

What a cute video!
I love the idea of this pasta meal. I’ve got some ripe avocadoes on my counter and I’m looking forward to making this.
We only have one grocery store in our little town too. :-)

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

i cant remember that last time i bought plain old white pasta.. there are so many variations now to choose from, i love how they have spelt, kamut, quinoa and brown rice available! i literally bought 8 avocados yesterday (on a serious kick..) and this looks so perfect!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

Girl, you had me at “creamy avocado”! I’ve been looking for a healthy alternative to vegan butter and such, and ahhhh I cannot wait to try this! :)

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Heather January 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

Okay, I now know what I’m making for dinner tonight. I have an old family recipe called “green spaghetti”, but this brings a new definition to that term and I want to go home and make it RIGHT NOW. Thank you for sharing!

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Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood January 31, 2011 at 11:44 am

I love avocado! And now, you’ve just shown me another way to incorporate it into my meals! =)

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Bronwyn Coyne January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

And yet one more recipe I will have to try. I’ve never tried those noodles before, but I’m definitely a whole wheat noodle sort of girl. Tastes the same as “normal” noodles but is just that much better for you.

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radioactivegan January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

That video is adorable! I love that the woman dialed a “555” number when calling the vet’s office. Just like in the movies :)

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Leigh Armstrong January 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

Yumm! Making this tonight for Sam’s bday dinner.
Thanks pretty girl!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

LEIGH!!!!!! =) Hi. I miss you! Have fun tonight!

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Liza Jane January 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

I think I’m in love with this pasta too and I haven’t even tried it yet! I love a creamy pasta sauce but most of them are so unhealthy, so this is perfect. And avocado? YUMMMMM!

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[email protected] Stepping to the Brightside January 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

as a creamy pasta-lovin’ girl myself, this recipe gives me great hope! there are some days when you just HAVE to give into the urge and creamy avocado pasta like a pretty guiltless way to do so :)

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Erin January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

That looks sooo yummy! I had a craving for pasta last night too, and came up with this super easy and delicious recipe. The sauce also came out kind of creamy and my hubby went crazy for this!

1/2 package brown rice spaghetti
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 leek (white part only), cleaned and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
splash of white vermouth (or dry white wine)
pinch of dried thyme
1/2 veggie bouillon cube dissolved in 1 c. hot water (or 1 c. veggie broth)
1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
5 roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. fresh basil, en chiffonade
salt & pepper to taste

– Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse and dress with a little olive oil. Set aside.
– Heat olive oil over med-high heat and saute leeks until soft. Add garlic and thyme, stir to combine.
– Deglaze with vermouth or wine and add broth. Heat to simmer and add white beans. Simmer together until sauce has reduced slightly (enough to coat pasta).
– Add tomatoes and stir to combine (don’t overcook or tomatoes will break down).
– Season to taste and serve over pasta. Top with chiffonade of basil. Enjoy!

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Margaret February 27, 2019 at 12:03 pm

This recipe looks delicious. I’ll have to buy some dry white wine and try it. I love tomatoes and basil together, and white kidney beans takes it over the top.

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Rebecca January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

That is the most precious video I’ve ever seen. How CUTE!!

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Emily (The Culinary Couple) January 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This sounds fantastic! And how perfect because yesterday I bought avocados, lemons, and basil. Guess what I’m making tonight?!

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Jess January 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm

great idea, i am on such an avocado kick lately!
avocado fries
so addictive!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

AVOCADO FRIES?! omg I think my heart just stopped. I need to find a way to make them vegan!!

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Sabrina January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Never ever ever ever ever rinse your pasta!!! Italians will murder you if they find out u rinse it. Dont rinse! This looks amazing i want to make it really bad but im not sure my husband would approve (I live in italy this might be taboo). Great news I just today made the oil free apple muffin tops and they are sooo amazing and delicious. There is alot though, has anyone tried to freeze them?? they make the perfect grab and go breakfast!
Sabrina

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Sabrina January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Never ever ever ever ever rinse your pasta!!! Italians will murder you if they find out u rinse it. Dont rinse! This looks amazing i want to make it really bad but im not sure my husband would approve (I live in italy this might be taboo). Great news I just today made the oil free apple muffin tops and they are sooo amazing and delicious. There is alot though, has anyone tried to freeze them?? they make the perfect grab and go breakfast!
Sabrina

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Why not rinse? Doesnt it keep it from sticking together and cooking longer?

I froze the apple pie muffin tops and they worked well :)

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Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com January 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I agree…what’s the harm with a little rinse? It’s especially helpful for cold pasta dishes.

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Erin January 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’ve hard that rinsing removes the layer of starch that forms on the surface, which helps the sauce to stick (as opposed to just slipping off the noodles). I never used to rinse wheat pasta, but I find that brown rice pasta gets really gummy if I don’t.

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Sabrina January 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

bingo!

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Sabrina January 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

kay just went and froze most of them. Thanks Angela your so amazing!

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Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

What a wonderful idea for creamy pasta without all the cream. I love this! Perfect for a veg-head like me. It would probably also be a really good cold, summer time pasta, no?

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Baking 'n' Books January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I have two avocados at home and still haven’t used them…I don’t know I haevn’t gotten into them. Addicted to butters, yogurt and cottage cheese …;) Sigh. But I tried guacomole last week and fell in love! This looks amazing – I love any sauce – particularly spaghetti sauce a la tomato – there is no serving sizes when it comes to that (my downfall).

What is your “take” on sugar? Some blogs seem more extreme with no sugar added, etc.

But I’ve recently discovered Brown Sugar on my oatmeal…and it is divine!

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Baking 'n' Books January 31, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Also just wanted to say thank you for your amazing series about your career change. So inspiring. I took one of the quotes I read from there and did a post on it.

Thank you.

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Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh January 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Any recipe that involves avocado…count me IN! and LOVE the video =]

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dana @ my little celebration January 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

ooooohhhh this looks so good – like a healthy version of alfredo sauce. Genius idea! It’s going on my must-try list.

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Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) January 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That video is so precious! I still can’t believe a crow and kitten are best friends like that….so cute!!

Great recipe, too! I love creamy pasta dishes!

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Marina January 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I fell in love with avocado, and lately, I can’t get enough of it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll make this dish!

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Amber K January 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to use avocado.

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Cheryl January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Bahahahahah! That video cracked me up big time….and now I am STARVING. :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The pasta looks fantastic! I’ll have to make it for my old roommates, they LOVE pasta!

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Christine (The Raw Project) January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Oh wow, this pasta looks wonderful! My husband would be all over this – thanks!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before. Sooo good!

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Amanda January 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

OMG I just made this and its soooooo good!!!! Thank you for posting!

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Kristin Walton January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

That looks fabulous! I am drooling once again.

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Kerry January 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

this does look amazing!! :) i’ve been looking for new ways to use avocados, and for quick recipes to do when i get in! Thanks!

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Nico January 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

This looks amazing and I bet it tastes absolutely indulgent while being totally healthy! I love getting healthy vegan recipes from you, even though I am not vegan :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks Nico!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

FREAKIN LOVE THIS!! you are such a genius!

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[email protected] January 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh my goooodness!!!! this is sooooooo creative and simple! I’ve been trying to think of healthy creamy pastas so this is great. Thank you so much! And I think I’ll add some kind of bean or even pine nuts when I get to make this.

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Jordan January 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This looks incredible! What could be better than avocado and pasta?

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Red Deception January 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Um, YES PLEASE!

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’ve sued avocado as a substitute for butter in cookies so I can’t believe I haven’t thought of using it in pasta! Such a great idea!!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Genius!!! This looks amazing!!

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Tanya January 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Ummmm, that looks so amazing! I’m going to have to make this the next time I want my pasta fix.

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JL Goes Vegan January 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I always feel silly commenting when you’re over 80 comments … but thanks for the recipe. This is a keeper!

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LauraJayne January 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This looks TOTALLY amazing! I just bought some whole-wheat pasta too, so this will be perfect!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) January 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Looks amazing, as all of your recipes do!

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Lauren at KeepItSweet January 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I never would have thought to combine avocado and pasta but this looks really great!

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Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

That video is so cute! I can’t believe the cat and crow are friends.

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kristi (sweet cheeks) January 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love you for this recipe. I am SO making this!!!

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Nichole January 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

This is amazing. When is your cookbook coming out again ;) hahaha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

have to get a book deal first…LOL. minor detail right?

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Moni'sMeals January 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I have wanted to try avocado as a pasta sauce for a while now. So glad to have this as a go-to meal. Thanks Angela!

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Jenna January 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Hi Angela!
I just sent you a quick email…I hope you can respond today (love to hear from you as soon as I can)…love to know your thoughts!
And great recipe. I LOVE that you use 1/2 avocado + 1 TBSP of oil for one serving. I’m very heavy on the fats in all my meals and appreciate seeing this in fellow eaters.

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The lemon zest does it for me.This looks sooo tasty! My pasta lunch looks totally insignificant when compared to this :(

I agree with Nichole – can’t wait for your cookbook!

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Anna Crouch January 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I’m getting antsy to incorporate more avocado into my cooking! The healthy fats pull me in! For several years I’ve had insanely dry skin and extremely bad hangnails, dry cuticles and etc. It was disgusting, painful and incurable it seemed. HOWEVER, ever since I’ve started eating chia seeds & nut butters and slurping green monsters, my dry, red, painful bleeding hangnails have DISAPPEARED! I honest to God believe this is because of the healthy fats in chia seeds & nut butter and because of the hydration chia seeds provide for my body. I’ve never focused on eating healthy fats before. Actually, I’ve avoided fats! But they are doing wonders for the dryness of my skin. Avocados is another healthy fat source I want to start eating! So thanks for the recipe…it looks like a winner! Especially because my husband LOVES creamy sauces on pasta. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Wow that is amazing to hear. Eric’s chronic dry skin has improved so much too.

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Alicia Crawford January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

@Sabrina they say not to rinse the pasta because it makes the sauce adhere to the pasta so much better–it helps to infuse the tastes better. I love this idea of using avocado as the creamy sauce base–so quick and easy and if I can get my husband to do some grilled veggie kabobs on the side that would be so yummy

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AnneWF January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

That was neat. Thanks for making me smile. I can’t wait to show the kids. And thank you for the pasta recipe. I will make this for the fam, and I won’t tell them what’s in it until they try it. Wednesday is spaghetti day.

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Alicia Crawford January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

@Angela they say not to rinse the pasta because it makes the sauce adhere to the pasta so much better–it helps to infuse the tastes better. I love this idea of using avocado as the creamy sauce base–so quick and easy and if I can get my husband to do some grilled veggie kabobs on the side that would be so yummy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Interesting, thanks!

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Katy @ A Healthy Shot January 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Ummm hello dinner!!! This looks awesome :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Very cool idea with the avocado! I just bought some yesterday – your recipe-posting-timing is impeccable. ;)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

the video…NICE!! :)

I love the pasta sauce. Anything with avo and is a 15 minute creation..music to my ears!!

:)

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bree marsh @ deliciously dense January 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

that looks awesome! i am doing your cashew “alfredo” pasta tonight. will need to try this one out another time.

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Leah @ Why Deprive? January 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

That pasta sounds amazing. Definitely a must try.

That video is possibly the sweetest thing ever. Too cute.

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Jenny January 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

WOW! This looks amazing, the things you can do with avacado:) Limitless!

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Ellen January 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm

this looks insanely good. i’m wondering though, if that amount you showed was weighed to 3 oz? just because servings here in the US for pasta are 2 oz, which is what the quarter trick is based on. not that any of this REALLY matters at all. call me a food dork, but i’m curious if the whole grain pastas weigh more or…?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

yes I weighed both the Kamut and Spelt with my scale to 3oz each :)

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Caitlin January 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey! I’ve just come across this blog for the first time, and WOW you are amazing! You are truly inspiring :) Can’t wait to start trying out these recipes!

– Caitlin

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I have an avocado that needs to be used and I now know what I will be doing with it! Great idea Angela!!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Looks delicious! I love avocados, but am unfortunately allergic. But, if I could eat them, I would totally be making that for dinner tonight. Yum!

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[email protected] January 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Wow. That looks amazing!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) January 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

This sounds SO YUMMY! Never would have thought to used an avaocado to make a creamy sauce. What a great idea Ange !!

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Sophia @ Raven Waves January 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

This looks/sounds so easy, and I love avocado!!

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Liza Jane January 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I just made this and I’m so in love. I want to eat it every night forever.

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

This looks absolutely incredible! Such a great idea for a fresh sauce!

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Zuzia January 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

This looks so good!

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Rachael January 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

“…the old married couple that I want to adopt, “.. I giggled when I read this! I feel exactly the same way :) How sweet are they??

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Amy @ purewellnessamy January 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Oh yeah…I’m all over this one! Thanks!

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Kristin @ FoodFash January 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm

What was your inspiration for mixing avocado and pasta?! I would have never thought of that combo. Looks amazing and can’t wait to try!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011 at 12:25 am

A recipe I saw online (I linked to it in my recipe) :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I love this idea! My only problem is that I never seem to cut open my avocados at the right time. They’re always too mushy if I want them to be firm for salads, or too firm if I want them to be mushy for guacamole. I can’t win! :P

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Kelly January 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Wow this sounds REALLY amazing. I need to get myself an avocado quickly!

How come the avocado does not reheat well? Even though it’s a quick recipe I hate to not be able to have leftovers!

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Kelly January 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I just googled it and apparently you can’t reheat avocado because it turns bitter. Could you just eat it cold the next day?

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Anna February 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I kept the sauce and ther pasta separate, as I knew I was going to have leftovers. Then I just reheated the pasta alone and added the sauce after as if I just made it the first time!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Great idea!!

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Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) January 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

You never cease to amaze me! Avocados are my favorite :)

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kallie January 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

mm that looks wonderful! cannot get enough avocado–period. Do you think I could make the sauce with a blender? Poor college student=no food processor.

;)
-k
http://kalliemarie.wordpress.com

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Andrea Bloomfield January 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

What a fabulous dinner idea…..(I know b/c I just polished off a bowl of it :-) Thanks for yet another awesome recipe!!!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) January 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love anything with the words “avocado” and “pasta”. Yum!

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Lisa January 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I am one of the many who made this tonight and loved every bite. I didn’t have spaghetti so I used kamut rotini instead. It was very good and the perfect meal after a long, cold day :)

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Dee January 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

OMG! OMG… This looks amaze!! YUM!

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Camille January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Oh my gosh! I don’t even like pasta, but you always have a way of making me crave it :)

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Paige @Running Around Normal January 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

That looks spectacular!!!

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Christi January 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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 at 8:30 pm

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

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

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 at 8:47 pm

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 at 8:49 pm

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 at 9:14 pm

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 at 9:14 pm

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

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Hannah January 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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 at 10:09 pm

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 at 10:23 pm

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

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Roz January 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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

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Emily January 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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

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Faith @ lovelyascharged January 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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 at 11:24 pm

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 at 11:27 pm

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 at 11:29 pm

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 at 12:26 am

Brilliant idea girly! :)

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

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Lili February 1, 2011 at 12:42 am

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 at 12:45 am

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 at 5:48 am

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