Creamy pasta is total comfort food and this dish is ready in under 15 minutes. Creamy pasta sauce doesn’t have to be unhealthy, and we have made a super creamy sauce by blending up some avocado and adding lemon and basil for extra flavour. A lovely light dish that is perfect for Spring.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
This is kind of like a guacamole pasta, but not. It’s got the blended avocado vibes going on, but then with plenty of garlic (seriously, the more the better), some lemon juice and basil. Mix it all up and you have yourself a delicious and light pasta sauce that will cling to any pasta shape you have hanging about your cupboard.
Avocados never get wasted in our house, so when we have one that is getting past its best and we need dinner in a flash, this gets made. We have been making it every couple of weeks for the past few years now, and it’s a firm favourite in our house.
Avocado Pasta Sauce
If you struggle to get healthy fats in to your kids diet, then avocado is a great way to increase it, as it doesn’t have a very strong flavour, more of a texture, and it can be hidden in to meals and blended in to a sauce.
If your kids are anything like mine, then they will love pasta, so make the most of that by making a pasta sauce with avocado to increase their intake of this green gold. The most appealing part of it to kids, is the bright green colour. Which is why this pasta has been referred to as “Monster Pasta” before. Whatever gets them eating it, right?!
You can give it even more of a nutrient boost, and some extra colour by blending some spinach and/or cooked peas in to it. Whatever you think your kids will enjoy. This isn’t just for kids though, and it’s one of my favourite easy meals.
You could use this pasta sauce as a base to make kind of an avocado carbonara. Add some grated parmesan to it and then some cooked chopped bacon. Bacon and avocado go so well together.
Other ways we have varied this dish in the past include topping with grilled chicken, salmon or prawns. You could add some cooked tofu, tuna or beans, or just keep it how it is.
I like to add a sprinkle of red chilli on top just before serving, as I think it really brings out the lemon in the dish.
Ingredients needed to make Creamy Avocado Pasta (serves 2)
120g dried pasta
Juice and zest of 1 lemon (2 if not very juicy)
4 garlic cloves
a pinch of sea salt and black pepper
10g chopped basil, fresh
4 spring onions
1 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)
How To Make Creamy Avocado Pasta – Step by Step:
One: Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions (about 10-12 minutes)
Two: Put the avocado, water, lemon, garlic, basil and salt and pepper in to a blender and blend until smooth.
Three: Once the pasta is cooked, drain and stir in the avocado mix.
Four: Transfer to bowls and sprinkle over spring onions and chilli flakes.
Other Avocado Recipes To Try:
Some extra tips for this Creamy Avocado Pasta:
- Use any pasta you have in the cupboard that needs using, this sauce works with everything.
- Feel free to add more garlic, as you can never have too much.
- Add some protein to this dish by topping with some grilled chicken, salmon or prawns.
- Make an avocado carbonara by stirring some parmesan and cooked chopped bacon in to the sauce.
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Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows