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Creamy Avocado Pasta

We had a few ripe avocados leftover after making our Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I made one of our favorite pasta dishes-Creamy Avocado Pasta. It may not be the prettiest pasta dish, but it might be the tastiest. Trust me on this one. If you are an avocado lover, you will go crazy for this pasta.

You can have this delicious pasta dish on your table in 15 minutes. All you have to do is cook your pasta (we use whole wheat spaghetti, but any pasta will work) and make the simple sauce.  To make the sauce you combine avocado, garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Mix the sauce with the hot pasta and you are good to go. I told you it was easy. The pasta is rich, thick, and creamy. I love that there is no butter or cream involved. The avocados create a smooth and creamy sauce without any help. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and can be gluten-free-if you use gluten-free pasta.

I could eat this pasta dish every night of the week. It is one of our “go to” meals when we are rushed, but still craving good home cooking. If you are looking for an easy healthy recipe that will wow your tastebuds, make this Creamy Avocado Pasta.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

This delicious Creamy Avocado Pasta can be on your table in 15 minutes. It is one of our "go to" meals.

Ingredients:

6 ounces pasta, we used whole wheat spaghetti
1 large ripe Avocado, pitted and peel removed
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Salt the water and add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy.

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and place pasta into a large bowl. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss until pasta is well coated. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Note: This pasta dish is best eaten the day it is made.

Adapted from Oh She Glows

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198 Responses to “Creamy Avocado Pasta”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 13, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    Since I just scored a boatload of avos and in about 3-5 days they will all be ripe, these posts of yours are getting me all excited and inspired!

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    Rosa — January 13, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    A great idea. That sauce is very creamy, luscious and healthy. Perfect!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 13, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    We love pasta, and this sounds fantastic! Happy Friday!

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    Cassie — January 13, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    I make this so often, especially when just cooking for me. Absolutely adore the texture and flavor. Yours looks awesome!

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    Jeanette — January 13, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I am an avocado lover and happen to have four avocados sitting on my windowsill right now. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Beth Michelle — January 13, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    This sauce looks amazing! So creamy and delicious !!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 13, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    this looks so creamy and amazing and delicious! the moment i can eat bowlfuls of pasta again i think i know what will be a staple in our house :)

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    Blog is the New Black — January 13, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    So easy and delicious!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    I love anything avocado. And tying it in with pasta has got to be genius! I never thought to do something like this — you think of everything, Maria ;) I love love this. The texture must be so velvety and decadent. Mmm, I must make this asap!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 13, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Mmm this sounds heavenly!

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    Blond Duck — January 13, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Great dish!

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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — January 13, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I just won a dozen avocados…I may have to make this….looks delicious!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 13, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    This looks SO delicious!

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    I made Angela’s pasta sauce a while ago, and absolutely loved it… your version looks fabulous, and I will have to make it sometime soon!

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    Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie — January 13, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I tried the OSG version and loved it and am sure the lime juice version would be equally as wonderful!

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    kelley — January 13, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I love all the vegetarian dishes you post- I’m always looking for inspiration for some more meatless meals. What a great way to use up an avocado!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks Kelley!

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    Erica — January 13, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I’ve had an avocado pasta recipe book marked forever and have been afraid to try it! Think its time I finally give it a go! Looks so yummy

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 13, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I’ve grilled them and mashed them and put them in sandwiches and omelets, but I’ve never thought to put them in pasta. Guess I gotta try that too!

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    Bev Weidner — January 13, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    AMAAAAZING. I want to snuggle right in it.

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    Rachel — January 13, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I don’t know how I’ve never heard of this but I am making it this weekend! Looks so great! I hope you’re doing well!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

      I hope you like it Rach!

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    susan — January 13, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    we eat avocados weekly, however never in pasta. great idea, Maria!

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    Janie — January 13, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Sounds delicious…

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 13, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    This is so similar to my favorite go to pasta “sauce,” love it! It’s so easy and makes me feel a little but better about inhaling like half a pound of carbs ;)

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    Emilie — January 13, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I love avocados, this looks delish.

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    Nicole O — January 13, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I wish we had fresh cilantro in the house!! We’re going to try and substitute with dry today but will keep in mind how much better it will be (someday) when fresh cilantro returns to Wisconsin :)

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    Jennifer — January 13, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I am putting this on my menu for next week. I am so excited! I am trying to make more vegetarian dinners and your site is a favorite!

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    I love this pasta! I am so glad you make it with lime and cilantro – that is my favorite way to make it too :)

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    Jen — January 13, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    Minus the cilantro (tastes like soap) and garlic (allergy) and this sounds so good. Definitely trying it. I adore avocado.

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    nicole {sweet peony} — January 13, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    i’ve never thought of using avocados to make a pasta sauce. it’s genius! we loooove our avocados and i’m dying to try this. thanks for sharing, maria :)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 13, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    I bet this is awesome! Creamy and soooo easy! Love it!

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    Cara — January 13, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I agree, avocado makes a perfect pasta sauce! I’ve done it with sauteed veggies and shrimp, but simple and delicious sounds wonderful too :)

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    Jodie — January 13, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    A must try! I love avacado!! I will be giving this a whirl!

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    Annalise — January 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I was little skeptical when I first heard of this combination, but after trying it I’ve been completely won over. Such a great easy meal!

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    sarah — January 13, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    Yum! This looks fantastic.

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    Ann P. — January 13, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    This is a very interesting pasta! It sounds delicious, but I’ve never heard of avocado pasta before! Very awesome invention ;)

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    Karly — January 13, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Oh my word. I’m a big ol’ avocado lover, but I never would have to thought to make a sauce out of them for pasta! This sounds awesome!

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    Bonnie {PaperKeeper} — January 13, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try this…maybe this weekend!

    Bonnie

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — January 13, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    YUM, avocado lime sauce is one of my favorites over pasta. I could eat pasta every day. Today I actually made a chunky avocado sauce and couldn’t believe how good it was, the jalapenos topped it off nicely. Hope I got a good shot of it, as I was so hungry, I could hardly wait to eat it :) A friend gave us 10 avocados, so they are all ripe and ready for more recipes….i love avocados.

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 13, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I have read about avocado sauces for pasta for awhile, but have yet to try it. After your rave review (and pretty pics), I know I have to give this a go.

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