Creamy Avocado Pasta

A delicious, healthy pasta condiment, this creamy avocado pasta is a vegan, paleo-friendly version of cream sauce without the additional fat and calories.
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This creamy avocado pasta is a nutritious, vegan and paleo-friendly pasta dish to serve the family. The combination of lemon, garlic, earthy cumin, and olive oil blended with mild avocado lends for a light-tasting, fresh pasta sauce that can be prepared in 15 minutes! A quick and delicious weeknight meal for the family.

When preparing simple dishes such as this one, it’s imperative that you use quality ingredients! If you skimp on quality, you’ll be skimping on flavour too. A good quality extra virgin olive oil is essential as well as a perfectly ripe avocado-not too green, not too mushy and brown.

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The recipe for this creamy avocado pasta was, as per usual, the result of a risk I decided to take in the kitchen (that paid off, might I add!) with a lone avocado sitting in the fruit basket on the kitchen counter.

Avocado is well-received in my home, whether it be in guacamole, smoothies  Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Black Bean Avocado Pudding however, we’ve never actually had it cooked, on its own.

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Once pureed, the avocado has a creamy, rich texture, much like that of dairy-based cream sauces. While traditional cream sauce is very heavy and laden with unhealthy fats and calories, this avocado sauce is light-tasting, fresh, loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and packed with potassium and fiber.

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Creamy Avocado Pasta written by Lisa Codina average rating 5/5 - 5 user ratings
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Ingredients:

Yields: 2 servings
200 grams spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
1 ripe Hass avocado
1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pasta cooking water
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 garlic clove, finely minced
1/8 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1 tsp. fresh parsley, finely minced
sea salt to taste
Parmesan cheese for garnish, if desired
1/4 tsp. lemon zest

Directions:

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Once boiling, add 1-2 tbs of sea salt (taste for seasoning) then add the pasta. Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the suggested cooking time on the package instructions. This will ensure the pasta is al dente, as it will continue to cook in the pan with the avocado sauce.

In the meantime, cut the avocado in half lengthwise then remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and add to a small food processor with garlic, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt, cumin, parsley and 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

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Blend until smooth and creamy.

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Once the pasta is cooked, reduce the heat to simmer, drain the pasta (reserving another 1/2 cup of the cooking water) then return to the pot. Add the avocado sauce and 1/4 cup of the cooking water and stir to combine.

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Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the pasta is coated with the sauce and any residual water has evaporated.

Serve warm garnished with freshly grated lemon zest and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

 

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Creamy Avocado Pasta written by Lisa Codina average rating 5/5 - 5 user ratings
  • http://www.handmadetearsandtriumphs.com/ Kelly HTandT

    Wow that sounds interesting… and rather tasty! I think I might have to give this a try. Avocado and lemon is usually a winning combination and I’m a big fan of cumin :) x

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

      It is so quick and easy to make! I love cumin too-I put it in any recipe that I can!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710180099 facebook-710180099

    Grown-ups will love this recipe too! I did ;)

  • Meredith

    Just pinned this! I love using avocado in recipes–so healthy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

      Thanks Meredith!

  • Jelli

    Yum! We live in avocado paradise and my husband & baby love them. I’d be more than happy to try this soon. Thank you for linking it up with me, Lisa!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

      No problem!

  • Danielle

    This looks interesting as well…can’t go wrong with pasta but I like the sound of an avacado sauce!! Danielle (:

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      It’s easy to make and healthy! Full of fat but GOOD fats, lol!

  • Robin Rue

    I started liking avocado about a year ago and now I can’t get enough. I can’t believe I missed out on it all those years.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I really think either you like it or you hate it! We love it! It amazes me how it lends well to so many different recipes.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That looks delicious. I love avocado, but I’ve never thought to use it in pasta before. You really can do anything with it.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I don’t know how I came up with the idea…but I’m glad I did! I make this often!

  • http://ciasays.com CiaSays

    I don’t believe I have ever had avocados but this looks absolutely divine. I’m going to stop at the store and just try it already.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Great! Please send some feedback if you try it…I’d love to know what you think!

  • http://www.lizventures.com/ Liz Mays

    What an awesome way to use avocados! I love them but I don’t get a chance to use them that often!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      This is one of my fave quick recipes to make with avocados…my other fave is simple avocado pudding (avocado blended with liquid sweetener and cocoa powder).

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Oh wow. I never would think to do this. This looks Incredible. I need to try this with my kiddos I bet they’d love it!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      If they like avocados I really don’t think you can go wrong with this one!

  • http://StylishGeekBlog.com Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog

    Wow! I’ve never had creamy avocado pasta, but I love your post! I enjoy recipes that are Paleo and Vegan – friendly! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely give it a try!

  • Magie

    Hi Lisa, how might I pin your recipe to my food board? I don’t see a Pinterest button anywhere? I will try this recipe tomorrow with fresh pasta. We also love avocado :)

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      This button to pin is right next to this comment (The ‘P’ in the red circle) ;-) Just click and choose a picture to pin!

  • http://shabbychicboho.com shabbychicboho.com

    That looks so good. I love pasta and could eat in on a daily basis if I mixed it up. I’d love to try this.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      My husband and my kids would eat pasta every day…it is nice to have variety rather than always making it with tomato sauce.

  • Jamie Yonash

    This looks really good! My husband loves avocado and I think he would be thrilled if I made this for him!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    What a healthy meal that any age could enjoy! I love avocados lately!

  • chubskulit

    Oh wow, never thought of missing avocado into a pasta. What a great idea!

  • Pauline C.

    An avocado pasta? This is new to my ears! I always use
    avocado for my dips and my smoothies, but never for pasta!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It never ceases to amaze me how many different ways they can be prepared!

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com/ HilLesha O’Nan

    I love pasta! I have never tried it this way before, though. I’m definitely saving this recipe!

  • Nina Say

    I love any and all pasta dishes. Naturally I love this! It would be yummy to try.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      You sound like my children! They will eat almost anything as long as it’s in pasta!

  • http://www.themadmommy.com/ Echo (The Mad Mommy)

    I have a new found love for avocados, so I bet I would love this! I can’t wait to try it.

  • touristmeetstraveler

    Now this is something I have to totally try, never heard of an avocado pasta!

  • http://www.dressingdallas.com Lauren

    This is seriously a good idea! My son loves avacado, so he’d love this!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      My kids devour this!! My daughter isn’t a huge fan of raw avocado so I tell her it’s green ‘cream’ sauce!

  • michele d

    I am not a fan of avocado but your pasta looks so good. I might need to try it out again.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      You should also try adding it to smoothies or raw puddings…it adds a creamy texture but the other ingredients mask the flavour.

  • Kori

    Both my youngest and I absolutely love avocado! This looks like it would be perfect for a light lunch or maybe add in some chopped chicken to make it more of a filling meal option.

  • http://manicuredandmarvelous.com Roselynn787

    I love avocado and I love pasta, but I have never had it together. It sounds like it would be a very delicious and have a interesting taste, so I’ll have to make it for myself sometime.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It has such a creamy texture and the avocado is very mild. I love how the flavour of the lemon and cumin comes through!

  • Stephanie C.

    I love the idea of avocado / pasta! Great idea. My twin girls love pasta – I think this would be a hit.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Don’t all kids love pasta?! lol!

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    I am not one for avocados but my oldest daughter absolutely loves them. She would like this recipe.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Maybe this recipe would convince you to give them a second chance, lol! ;-)

  • ashleigh walls

    I need to eat more avocado in my diet. Pasta is a big hit in my house I will see if the boys will eat this.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It’s a great way to include healthy monounsaturated fats into your diet!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks so delicious. I love Avocado. I will have to try making this this weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Great! Please let me know what you think!

  • Chrystal M.

    This looks amazing. We love avocados and pasta here so I am pretty sure this recipe would be greatly welcomed in my home!

  • WEMAKE7

    I really love avocados and some of my kiddos do too. This sounds like a really great recipe.

  • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

    OMGoodness…this looks so good and sounds really different. I would have never thought of this pairing. I really want to try this when I start eating pasta again!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Are your avoiding pasta for dietary reasons or gluten issues? Barilla makes an amazing gluten-free pasta (even my Italian husband will eat it, lol!).

      • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

        Wheat-free diet. I haven’t explored alternatives for that yet, although I heard Shirataki noodles is a nice substitute.

        • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

          I’ve heard that too but I’ve never tried them! I think I’ve tried every other wheat-free pasta (rice, corn, etc.). My favourite is now the Barilla brand…probably because it’s Italian…and we all know Italians know pasta! lol!

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I have never put avocado in pasta before. But I love avocado so it is something I would love to try.

  • ebmommy

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love a nice light pasta for this time of year! Yummy!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Me too…although it still seems like winter in my neck of the woods, lol!

  • Angela Christoper

    I’ve never put avocado in pasta, I had no idea! I think this is good and looks really yummy and tasty. I’d love to make it at home.