Creamy Avocado Pasta

Cooking for One or Two, Recipes, Worknight Dinners
creamy avocado pasta
creamy avocado pasta

Photo: Leigh Loftus

This post is one that’s long overdue. It’s long overdue because there are few things easier and more delicious than this pasta.

I am obsessed with it.

Of course, my obsession with avocados is nothing new but the idea of blending avocados into pasta was new to me when my friend Angie made it for dinner one Friday night.

The fact that avocados are healthy for you is a delightful bonus. They’re rich, creamy and indulgent – all words that are usually associated with the phrase “need to go to the gym.” Avocados though, are full of vitamins and “good fat” so you can hardly feel guilty blending them into also-healthy whole wheat pasta.

The Parmesan cheese? Gratuitous, I know. But when have I ever deprived you of cheese?

The original recipe is from Oh, She Glows and it couldn’t have been easier to replicate. Though it does require a food processor of some sort (a blender would work too), this is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made.

If you want to skip the instructions completely, you could, because all you’d need to do is take each ingredient and toss them into the bowl of your food-processing device, whatever that may be and hit “blend.”

There you have it.

creamy avocado pasta

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Creamy Avocado Pasta
Recipe type: Worknight Dinner, Cooking for One or Two
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Serves: 2
  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • ½ lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, to taste (Use one for a milder flavor, three if you love garlic)
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings of your choice of pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • Parmesan cheese (garnish, optional)
  1. Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Meanwhile, place the garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. and blend until smooth. Next, add the avocado, basil, and salt and process until the mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency. Some of the basil pieces might not be completely blended - that's fine. Toss pasta with sauce and garnish with extra basil and Parmesan cheese.
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    I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to try this! Must make soon!

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    I stumbled this page yesterday, and I made it for dinner. It was delicious. The paste came a bit too thick so I had to add a bit of water, any other suggestions besides water? and how many portions does it make? Thanks! : )

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    I just finished making this and, oh my god, it is so good. Thanks for the recipe!

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    I could not stop eating it and now I fear I will never be able to eat again!

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    Oh…I keep hearing about avocado pasta!! What am I waiting for! Sounds amazing!

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    Gorgeous recipe, I love the creaminess of avocado, this must be so nice!

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    This looks seriously delicious – avocado and pasta…two of my favorite things! Can’t wait to try this!

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    I’ve got to make this! Looks so good, and I know I would love every bite! πŸ™‚

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    Maris! I must have not followed you over to your new blog. I love it!

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    I just saw this on the LA Times food blog. Way to go!

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    Oh wow delicious! and what an easy recipe! I love it!

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    I am LOVING this idea and will definitely have to try it soon!

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    One word *swoon*…

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    man, oh man. i saw the LA times retweeting this all day and was wondering – now that i see it, i know why!

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    June 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    This pasta is right up my alley! Any way I can find to fit avocado into a main dish I do! This sounds amazing, and I love the addition of the parmesan and basil, lovely flavors :)!

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    This sounds like such an easy and delicious recipe! I love avocados!

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    Congrats on the LA Times feature!! This sounds soooo delicous. Avocados are one of my fave things.

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    Maris, So glad to have found you through the LA Times. This dish you’ve presented looks and sounds heavenly! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    While I love to bake, I’m not much of an inspiration when it comes to mealtimes. Dining with others helps, but it’s rare that I want to eat something OTHER than pasta for dinner. It is just. So. Delicious.

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    Oh, Maris…I do love your posts, but avocado recipes always break my heart a little. After years of denial, I finally confirmed my avocado allergy (I know, I know…SO TRAGIC, right?!) last year. I can have small portions now and again though (or so says my allergist). Perhaps, since the avocado in this is spread amongst two servings it is worth trying. If not, I can always look at your pretty pictures and sigh deeply.

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    I love the idea of avocados with pasta! genious really!

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    I love avacaos. Esp. guacamole!

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    June 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Creamy avocado sauce w/ basil….swoon! This dish might get me to start eating pasta again! πŸ™‚

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    June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    oh my, i would totally love this. Must remember to buy more avocados! they really should be a staple πŸ™‚

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    June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    yum i am SO making this.

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    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    June 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    This is my ideal pasta, considering I’m an avocado-a-holic. I’ve never thought of using avocado as a sauce for a pasta though. Sounds delectable!

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    The Harried Cook
    June 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I have never had avocados with pasta before! Is that strange? This looks and sound incredible! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    June 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    What a great idea for a weeknight meal. I am obsessed with avocados, so I will happily try this out. An especially good idea for my son who is allergic to tomatoes….we are forever trying out non-tomato based pasta sauces!

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    Ali Grace
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    You had me at easy, delicious, and pasta. Throw in avocado and I’m done for! I can not wait to try this. ASAP!

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    i had just passed the avocados by in the grocery store- way under ripe… wish I had seen this first… I would have waited for them to get ripe. Looks delicious and will try it some time this week.

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This looks delicious and is the kind of pasta that I love. It would be welcome at my table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
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    Yum, yum, yum. I knew I should have bought an avocado at the grocery store yesterday… Darn it.

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I recently saw a similar version of this and thought it looked fantastic. You’ve made me want to try it even more now!

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    I WILL be making this soon! I love Oh She Glows…

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    Delightful and yummy! Wonderful!

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Oh, I am always looking for more ways to use avocados! I may need to make this for a quick dinner tonight πŸ™‚

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I looove avocado!!!! πŸ˜€ Will definitely be trying this out soon!

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    Quick and easy, plus nutritious. It ticks pretty much all the boxes:)

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I have never used avocado as a “cream” portion of the dish, what a genius idea. Thank you this looks amazing.

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    June 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

    mmmm this looks so good! It also makes me crave a good creamy avocado dish.

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    June 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Love avocado. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Olga @ mangotomato
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    love avocadoes. and pasta. and cheese. this is such a great combination!

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    The Waspy Redhead
    June 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Yum – I adore avocados, but I’ve never thought to use them in this way.

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    June 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I TOTALLY want to try this! Josh just started eating avocados and I think he would appreciate them mashed into his pasta. Good stuff!

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    June 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’ve been meaning to make this, but now you’ve really convinced me it. It looks delicious!

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    June 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I’ve never used avocado this way, sounds cool. Like a creamy pesto.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
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    This looks so good! I love avocados and I would have never thought of blending one into a pasta sauce. I bet it is so creamy.

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
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    ahhh avocado pasta sounds heavenly!!! LOVE this!

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    June 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

    This sounds fabulous!

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    oh wow genius idea looks so tasty

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    June 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    simple and yummy! I love Avocados – great recipe idea…never thought of blitzing it and using it in the pasta…


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    June 13, 2011 at 8:03 am

    This looks like a delicious avocado recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker
    June 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

    mmm, what a fabulous idea! i love avocado + am always looking for new ways to cook with it. seeing as i’m a crazy pasta lover, this is the perfect combination for me. going to try it later this week! =)

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    June 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Love this creamy avocado pasta Maris. Avocado makes a great base for sauces & pretty much everything πŸ˜‰
    We would love if you submitted this recipe & any two other side dishes to the 2nd week of Get Grillin’

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