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a white bowl full of homemade pesto pasta, topped with parmesan and basil

Avocado Pesto Pasta


  • Author: Kyndra Holley
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This quick and easy Avocado Pesto Pasta recipe is loaded with flavor. Homemade pesto, made with tons of fresh herbs, parmesan cheese and garlic, paired with the silky creaminess of avocado make for a delicious vegetarian pasta recipe. Best of all, it can be ready in just 15 minutes.


Ingredients

Scale

For the pesto

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh spinach leaves or parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water, more if desired 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil

For the pasta

  • 3 cups dry pasta of choice (I used fusilli)
  • extra grated Parmesan cheese, optional for serving
  • extra basil, optional for serving
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional for serving

Instructions

For the pesto

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the pesto, minus the oil, to a food processor or high-powered blender. Pulse until everything is finely chopped and begins to form a paste.
  2. With the food processor or blender running, slowly pour in the oil. Continue to pulse until smooth. 

For the pasta 

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Cook the pasta as per the directions on the package. Strain the pasta. 

Putting it all together

  1. Add the cooked pasta and pesto to a large mixing bowl and toss until the pasta is evenly coated in the pesto. Garnish with fresh basil, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes before serving. 

Notes

  • Storage: Store the leftover avocado pesto pasta in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • Reheating: Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.
  • Make it dairy free: To make this avocado pesto pasta in a dairy free version, simply omit the parmesan cheese. To mimic the nutty, salty flavor that Parmesan cheese imparts, substitute nutritional yeast.
  • Make it nut free: For a nut free pesto, simply omit the almonds. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pasta Recipes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian

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