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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cashew Parmesan

Avocado Pasta RecipeForget avocado toast, hello avocado pasta! Ripe avocado is the star of this green and creamy avocado pasta recipe that’s perfect for sunny spring days. As much as I love a classic guacamole and a basic avocado toast, I love finding new ways to indulge on ripe avocados. Why not toss your favorite pasta with delicious mashed avocado?

There will always be a special place in my pasta loving heart for a creamy alfredo sauce, but alfredo (even a vegan nut-based alfredo) can be too heavy sometimes. That’s where creamy avocado pasta comes in. Rich and indulgent, but not as heavy. Plus, it’s green, so you can feel a little better about that extra serving, right? ;)

Ripe avocado is the magical ingredient in this creamy avocado pasta recipe, so be patient and give your avocado time to reach its prime. When making avocado pasta, pick a pasta shape that will stand up to the thick creamy sauce. I like fettuccine, spaghetti, rotini, and farfalle best when making avocado pasta. Lemon juice slow oxidation so your avocado sauce retains the stunning green color. Add a sprinkling of homemade cashew parmesan, and your creamy avocado pasta is ready!

Creamy Avocado Pasta Recipe

Prep time: 30 minutes. Serves 4.

Ingredients
6 oz pasta (I used Blue Evolution rotini)
1 large ripe avocado
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I used Garcia de la Cruz)
Salt & pepper
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup peas
Cashew parmesan, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water.

Combine avocado, basil, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and reserved cooking water in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Gently toss the pasta in the avocado mixture. Fold in the red onion, tomato, and peas. Serve immediately with cashew parmesan.

Cashew Parmesan
Ingredients
3/4 cup raw cashews
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Combine ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until a fine meal begins to form. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Becca
    May 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I have almost all of these ingredients! I love avocado on anything, this looks amazing and easy!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Super easy to put together on a weekday evening. Hope you enjoy if you try it!

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    Marlynn Schotland
    May 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Ooh two things I love in one dish – avocado and pasta! This looks like a yummy comforting dairy-free meal that I would love. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 13, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Marlynn! We all do love our comfort foods very much. ;)

  • Reply
    Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    May 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Yep, this is making its way into my dinner rotation. This avocado pasta recipe looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 13, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Yay! Hope you enjoy it, Catherine!

  • Reply
    Pech
    May 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I appreciate the sentiment but I’m going to stick with my favorite pasta sauce- any kind of pesto, especially varying up the green and nuts used!

  • Reply
    Agha
    May 14, 2019 at 7:52 am

    This seems interesting, and it seems the salt/pepper may keep the over-imposing avocado taste in check! I have to try it sometime. Photo makes it look really good!

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    Jenni
    May 14, 2019 at 9:29 am

    The avocado pasta looks delicious, full of flavor, and absolutely creamy! I’m super intrigued by the cashew parmesan too. I’ve heard of using nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, but this sounds like a wholly upgraded version with better texture!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Platings and Pairings
    May 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    You had me at pasta and avocados – This sounds amazing Waz! Cannot wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Hillary Harper
    May 14, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    So creamy and delicious! Sounds amazing – I love adding avocados in to make a creamy sauce.

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