Avocado and Pesto Pasta Recipe

Avocado pasta with pesto
Avocado pasta with pesto photo by Flickr
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: about 4 servings

Like avocados? Like pesto? I sure do! If you do too, try this avocado pesto pasta recipe for a unique vegetarian dinner idea.

Being born and raised in California, I'm a firm believer that you can never eat too many avocados! This California-inspired pesto pasta recipe combines the light, creamy flavor of the avocado with a rich basil pesto for a unique vegetarian pasta dish. Yum!

Pesto and avocado go surprisingly well together, which you'll soon find out if you try this avocado pesto pasta recipe. Need it to be vegan? Use nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan cheese to make the pesto, or just sub in your own favorite vegan pesto recipe. Need it to be gluten-free? Use a gluten-free pasta and you're good to go, since all of the other ingredients, including Parmesan cheese, avocado, basil and garlic are all gluten-free. 

Like with most vegetarian recipes, I highly recommend that you use either kosher salt or sea salt in this recipe, as it really does make a big taste difference. 

For a complete meal, add a side green salad and perhaps some toasty garlic bread

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado, diced into about 1-inch (bite-sized) cubes
  • about 10 ounces pasta, any kind
  • extra sea salt or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

First, prepare your pesto. You can also skimp and just use a store-bought jar of pesto, but it's so much cheaper, fresher, and tastier to make your own! To prepare the pesto, place the pine nuts or walnuts, basil, garlic, sea salt or kosher salt and Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor and pulse together a few times.

Slowly add the olive oil and blend until you have a nice, smooth consistency.

You may need to add a little bit more or less olive oil to get the perfect texture.

Next, cook the pasta according to the package instructions, or however you like to cook your pasta. Drain well. 

Next, combine it all. Toss the prepared pasta with your prepared pesto until well combined, then gently toss together with the diced avocado, being careful not to break up the avocado. 

Finally, give it another little sprinkle of sea salt or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to serve.

Like cooking with avocados? You might also want to check out this resource: Avocado nutritional information