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Overhead view of a bowl of avocado pesto pasta with basil on top.
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Avocado Pesto Pasta

Bright, flavorful, and delicious, this Avocado Pesto Pasta is a creamy twist on classic pesto pasta. Made in less than 15 minutes and less than 10 simple ingredients, you’ll have this light but filling meal ready in a snap.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 859kcal
Author: Justin Coit

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dry pasta of your choice
  • 1 large avocado skin and seed removed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for garnish

Garnish

  • fresh basil optional

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and add some olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking.
  • In a food processor, add in the avocado, chopped garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the basil and pulse it looks roughly chopped. Add the pine nuts, pulse until the nuts are broken up.
  • Add the parmesan, pulse until well incorporated. If the sauce looks too thick, drizzle in additional olive oil and lemon juice to taste.
  • Combine the pesto with the pasta and garnish with more parmesan cheese and basil if desired. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Notes

  • If you want this pesto pasta to be dairy-free, you can swap the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast for the umami-like flavor that’s very similar to parmesan cheese.
  • For a smoother or thinner avocado pesto sauce, reserve some of the pasta water and slowly drizzle it into the food processor until it has reached your desired consistency. 
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to add some heat to the pesto. 
  • Simply use gluten-free pasta to make this pasta gluten-free.

Nutrition

Calories: 859kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1331IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 3mg