I never liked avocados – until, as a vegetarian, I discovered cheese and avocado sandwiches. Now I find ways to use them in everything. Combining two of my (now) favorites, pasta and avocados, this 15 minute Creamy Avocado Pasta from Oh She Glows was a perfect Thursday evening dinner.

Not only was it quick and healthy, but it was a great way to use the avocados I bought on sale. They all ripened at the same time, so I doubled the recipe to use them all before they spoiled. I added five garlic cloves, which if you’re not a fan of garlic, I would definitely adhere to Angela’s advice from Oh She Glows and use only one clove. I invited my neighbor to join me for dinner and the first thing she asked was, “What’s spicy?” referring to the garlic. We even smelled like it hours later too, according to her roommate.

I didn’t have fresh basil on hand, so I substituted for dried, but I would definitely recommend using fresh. When I was done making the sauce, I was actually surprised it was done – it was that quick and that easy! I used whole wheat pasta and that took the longest. It really is a 15 minute recipe!

The only drawback is, because of the avocado, this dish doesn’t reheat well and needs to be served immediately. But the avocado definitely made the dish creamy and, unlike most “creamy” pasta sauces, it wasn’t heavy.

It would be a perfect light summer dish.

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Pasta

Photo by Claudine Morgan

Serves 2

What You’ll Need:

1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted

1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish

2-3 garlic cloves, to taste

1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste

1/4 cup Fresh Basil

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

What to Do:

  1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
  3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately.