Easy Avocado Pasta (Ready in Under 20 Minutes!)


With a creamy, veggie-packed sauce, this easy Avocado Pasta is packed with kid-friendly flavor and nutrients. And the whole recipe can be made in about 10 minutes of cooking time!

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Avocado Pasta

I’m always looking for delicious ways to serve up healthy fats and veggies in forms that my kids will actually eat. And since 2/3 of my kids love avocado, I figured it was worth trying it in a pasta sauce.

This is SO good.

This is a creamy, nutrient-dense pasta sauce that pairs well with any shape or type of pasta. And it has kid-friendly flavor that we adults love too and is so versatile according to what you have on hand.

Can’t beat that combination!

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe you’ll need:

  • Grated Parmesan
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • garlic, optional

TIP: You can serve this with 1 pound of your favorite pasta. You can also add baby spinach and roasted sunflower seeds to make this more like pesto.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s an overview of this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to see the details.

  1. Prepare your pasta.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients into a food processor or blender.
  3. Blend smooth.
  4. Toss with the pasta and serve.

TIP: Make sure you let the blender get the mixture super smooth, using the stick that came with it as needed (especially to make sure the garlic gets blended in!)

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Avocado Pasta with spinach in the mix

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dairy-free?

Sure, just omit the Parmesan. You may need to add more salt to get the flavor balanced.

Can I make this ahead?

You can make the sauce ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in the fridge.

What goes well with this Avocado Pasta?

We like to serve with a simple side salad or fruit. You can also add in some extra protein in the form of cooked and diced chicken, steak, ham, or shrimp, or white beans or chickpeas..

Can I omit the garlic?

Sure, if you aren’t sure if the kids will like the flavor of fresh garlic, you can leave it out.

Can I add herbs?

Yes! A handful of fresh basil or parsley leaves are great in this.

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Avocado Pasta for Lunch

This is great warm or at room temperature so use an insulated thermos or a regular lunch box as you like. Add some fruit and lunch is ready!

TIP: You may also like my Pesto Pasta Salad and my Healthy Pasta Salad.

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Best Tips for Success

  • This sauce is best on the day you make it. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for a few hours without too much browning, but any longer than that and the top (or the part that’s exposed to air) will brown.
  • Mix in cooked and diced chicken, steak, ham, or shrimp, or white beans or chickpeas to add more protein if desired.
  • Dairy-free: Omit the cheese and adjust the salt as needed.
  • Add a handful of baby spinach and roasted sunflower seeds for a more pesto-like sauce.
  • Omit the garlic if you think the flavor might be too strong for your family.
  • Use your family’s favorite type of pasta.
  • You may also like Marinara Sauce (with extra veggies) and Spinach Pesto.

Comment and rate the recipe below if you have feedback to share when you make it. I’d love to hear from you!

This post was first published April 2020.

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Easy Avocado Pasta


  • Author:
    Amy Palanjian

  • Prep Time:
    10

  • Cook Time:
    8

  • Total Time:
    18 minutes

  • Yield:
    8 servings 1x

  • Category:
    Pasta

  • Method:
    Stovetop

  • Cuisine:
    American


Description

Any pasta shape works in this recipe, so choose your family’s favorite! Omit the garlic if you think the flavor might be too strong for your people. My kids prefer this without the garlic. I like it with it for myself!


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 medium avocados
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 small cloves garlic, optional
  • salt to taste


Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, add the Parmesan, avocados, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic (if using) to a food processor or blender. (I prefer a blender if you have one.)
  3. Blend smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times until very smooth. (If using the garlic, try to make sure it got well blended.)
  4. Stir the avocado sauce into the pasta.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature as a pasta salad. Season to taste with salt as needed and extra Parmesan.



Notes

This sauce is best on the day you make it. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for a few hours without too much browning, but any longer than that and the top (or the part that’s exposed to air) will brown.

Mix in cooked and diced chicken, steak, ham, or shrimp, or white beans or chickpeas to add more protein if desired.

Dairy-free: Omit the cheese and adjust the salt as needed.

Add 2 cup baby spinach and 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds for a more pesto-like sauce.

Omit the garlic if you think the flavor might be too strong for your family.

Use your family’s favorite type of pasta.




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