Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta

15-Minute Avocado Pasta recipe! This pasta comes together so quickly with no fancy equipment needed.

It’s hard to believe, but you only need avocado for the creamy avocado sauce.

No butter or cream, just avocado!

Creamy Avocado Pasta Recipe

I love how easy this is and the fact that I can make it in less than 15 minutes is a real bonus, especially during the week.

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How to make Avocado Pasta

The great thing about this recipe is that in the time the pasta takes to cook, we can make the creamy avocado sauce.

Simply add avocado to a bowl and mash really well with a fork.

A ripe avocado is ripe is best for this, otherwise there won’t be much flavor. An avocado is ripe when it gives slightly when squeezed. You can see our tips for buying, cutting and storing avocados here.

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Next add a little flavor — we like fresh garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

A microplane helps with the garlic — If you don’t have one, just mince the garlic finely.

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Use a fork to mash everything together. You can also use a food processor, but we hate cleaning it, so a fork is our go-to.

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Once the pasta is cooked, add a little pasta water to thin out the sauce.

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Then throw in tomatoes, chopped green onion, and the pasta.

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Toss well. The sauce should coat the pasta — if you need too, you can add a little more water to thin things out a bit.

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That’s it! Your very own bowl of creamy avocado pasta.

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

4.7 from 30 reviews
Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta
 
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Fast, fresh and so easy. The longest part of this recipe is cooking the pasta. The avocado “sauce” is made in minutes. In the recipe, we call for grated garlic. To do this, we use a microplane grater. If you do not have one at home, make sure you mince the garlic very finely before adding. Choosing avocados can be a little tricky, for our tips, see our thoughts on how we choose and store avocados.
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Yield: Serves 2
You Will Need
  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated garlic
  • Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Directions
Cook Pasta
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of hot pasta water then drain pasta.
Prepare Avocado Sauce
  1. Mash avocado in a large bowl. Stir in the garlic and lemon juice then season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Stir in a 1/4-cup of the reserved pasta water. Add pasta, tomatoes, and green onion then toss until the pasta is completely coated by the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more pasta water.

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77 comments… Leave a Comment
  • brian June 12, 2016, 11:02 pm

    Fast and fresh. Made with fresh pasta. Took about 15 minutes to make. My wife absolutely loved it. Loved the fact it was light and healthy. Most importantly I didn’t spend hours in the kitchen.

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  • Caylon February 3, 2016, 8:17 am

    I use this one a lot these days. My girlfriend loves avocados and this can be done up quick and easy. The latest time I mixed in sauteed mushrooms and veggies instead of tomatoes, still tastes great. Thanks!

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  • Andy November 10, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Has anyone tried mixing in canned crab meat?

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  • MaineMumma September 13, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Awesome idea- quick to make, healthy and my kids (1 and 6) inhaled it! Made a great change for dinner and a nice lunchbox filler 🙂 Thanks for posting! I used garlic powder since I was in a rush and lime juice for that tangy flavor. When I have some time I’m thinking of adding a dash of cilantro and other flavors to try to mimic guacamole! 😉

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  • Aijika July 14, 2015, 9:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, I also find it hard to figure out what type of recipes I’m going to use in making Avocado pasta recipe to my wife really happy and proud but Also, thanks for the tips. I hope I’ll be able to make such delicious pasta like yours.

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  • Janelle July 13, 2015, 9:52 pm

    My little boy and I just made this dish. I absolutely love avocado and tomato. My son loves tomatoes but only tolerates avocado. I don’t know where I went wrong because it just didn’t work for me tonight, though the little guy clearly really enjoyed it because he’s asked for seconds… then thirds. Maybe I’ll give it another chance in the future just because of the little guy.

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  • txgrl April 8, 2015, 1:05 pm

    everyone try adding a little sour cream to avocado sauce

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    • Joanne April 9, 2015, 5:10 pm

      That sounds like a great idea!

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  • V. Frasier March 1, 2015, 7:33 pm

    I am eating this wonderful dish right now! I surprised myself how fast I could prepare it, I love having dinner parties where everyone brings a covered dish,this definitely will be the one I make. Thank you! Now I must finish eating. Quick, easy and tasty all about the favor.

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  • Laura October 10, 2014, 11:10 am

    I discovered your website this morning and am very impressed with your clear and specific directions. i.e. how to cut up vegetables, etc. I am gluten and dairy intolerant, but your recipes look easy to use with a few substitutions. I enjoy your easy going writing too.

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  • Jessica Gadd September 18, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Saw this on your site. My boyfriend is going to school while I work and he is willing to cook anything as long as I give him the idea 🙂 So I sent this to him. The only addition we made was to add parmesan while eating but it was delicious!

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  • Leslie Arnold June 3, 2014, 2:06 pm

    It is amazing how so few ingredients can pack in so much flavor. DELICIOUS

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  • Caitlyn May 8, 2014, 7:36 pm

    This was SO easy and SO good! I added a dash of shallot infused olive oil and JUST A SPLASH of hot sauce (I’m from Louisiana!). It was SOOOO good. I had leftover pasta so this took 5 minutes, TOPS!

    thank you! We are saving this one!

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    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 11:46 am

      Sounds delicious!

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  • Lillian March 26, 2014, 12:34 am

    Thinking of preparing it cold. Thoughts? Tips?

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    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:11 am

      That should work — We’d make the sauce separately to pasta. Chill the pasta then toss everything together in the end.

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  • sue March 11, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Thank you so much for your lovely receipes, i will be try this one out. I like how simple your receipes are, not complicated even for beginners such as myself.

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    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 3:29 pm

      You are so welcome! So glad you have found us.

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  • Helle February 12, 2014, 11:06 am

    Perfect…made this the first time exactly like the recipe. It was delicious. Second time we had company. I bought some fresh shrimp and sauteed them in garlic butter while the pasta was cooking. Added home made garlic bread. We love garlic!! Dinner ready in 15 minutes and it was tasted absolutely great!! Got rave reviews from all.

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  • Nicole February 9, 2014, 5:56 pm

    I’m pregnant and was craving pasta and guacamole so I figured why not mix it like its pesto? I was curious to see if there are recipes for this and found this page, which is almost identical to what I did minus onions because I didn’t have any and used garlic salt instead. It is deliscious served hot or even cold! Love it.

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  • EnglishMuffin February 5, 2014, 11:31 am

    I just made this pasta after I brought my son home from school, it took about 10 mins to make! It was divine, thank you so much! I made it with Gamelli pasta which I think added to its tastiness 🙂 I did add extra lemon juice as I love everything extra lemon-y. Can’t wait to make it again

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  • Krystal January 31, 2014, 8:09 am

    Thank you. We love pasta and are always looking for new recipes to try.

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  • Joyce January 23, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Because of a severe allergy to garlic, I grated an onion instead–just like I do when making guacamole–and made a very simple avocado sauce (didn’t have tomatoes, and was watching yet another snow storm blow in off the bay, so no traveling for this woman). DELICIOUS! I do want to make it with the tomatoes next time, but this satisfied a slight craving for both pasta and avocado, so I’m happy. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  • Jane December 28, 2013, 3:35 am

    I loved this so simple and easy. Would this freeze for work lunches?

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    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 11:22 am

      Hi Jane, We’re thinking this would be best eaten the same day. The avocado will most likely brown over time.

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  • Taoito December 7, 2013, 5:11 pm

    I’ve cooked various versions of avocado pasta before and i have to say that this one was the best avocado pasta ever (though I left out the tomatoes and added some habanero to spice it up a bit)! Simple and brilliant! Thank you!

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    • Joanne December 9, 2013, 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much!

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  • Ash November 1, 2013, 12:24 pm

    I wanted to make a quick & easy dinner for myself and stumbled across this recipe.. As I had the ingredients, I decided to make it — honesty, I was a bit apprehensive at first but as soon as I had a spoon full of it, I wanted more. I didn’t expected it to taste this great! Thank you so much for this recipe, I’m will definitely make this a lot more! 5 stars!

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  • Caroline October 25, 2013, 6:13 pm

    I add ginger and basil to this mixture!

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    • Joanne October 30, 2013, 9:57 am

      Sounds delicious!

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  • Carl October 16, 2013, 5:07 am

    This looks really nice, I can already taste it. One of my sons however dislikes raw tomatoes. He does like sundried tomatoes though, so I can give it a try with those instead.

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    • Joanne October 16, 2013, 10:36 am

      Sun-dried tomatoes would be delicious.

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  • kyla gillen August 6, 2013, 9:08 am

    yummmy but i think i put in to much garlic

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    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:43 pm

      Next time, try toasting a whole clove of unpeeled garlic in a dry pan over medium heat. Just move it around every so often until it has browned a little (5 to 7 minutes). Peel it then mince as usual. The garlic will be a little softer, but also less pungent.

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  • Lucy July 21, 2013, 9:22 pm

    Basically, pasta with guacamole.

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  • dianne July 1, 2013, 11:16 am

    absolutely delicious!!!

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  • Mary Soucy June 25, 2013, 11:28 pm

    Oh, my! I can’t believe I didn’t think of putting creamed avocado with pasta…. This is a wonderful idea!! I can’t wait to put this together. I am the only one who likes avocado, but I bet I could pass this off to the unsuspecting spaghetti loving person in the house!! I’ll just double up on the tomato. I will write back with the results…… 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this delight!

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  • Sonia June 15, 2013, 2:06 pm

    That was absolutely easy to make and delicious to eat. Definitely a healthy choice and quick fix. It’s sweet, creamy, and zesty with the taste of garlic. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to everyone, especially vegetarians like me!

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  • Adwoa June 3, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Tasty quick dish! I love avocados. Substituted tomatoes for orange peppers and carrots! Delish!

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  • Erin May 27, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Wow… really really impressed with this recipe. I never knew I could do this with avocados!

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  • Crystal Sell March 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Yum! Thank you for this delicious recipe. Mu husband and I just finished eating it with added chicken. This is a keeper!

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  • Jack February 19, 2013, 10:02 pm

    This recipe is the incredible!

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  • Rosemary February 15, 2013, 6:44 pm

    What an awesome idea. I love all those ingredients, but never thought of pairing them with avocado. This dish would probably go really well with a glass of Viognier. @quenchbytidings

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  • Lili-Anne February 14, 2013, 3:59 pm

    very nice, since the avocado is already very fat, it’s perfect instead of cream or butter 🙂 thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  • Kit December 19, 2012, 1:56 pm

    My boyfriend is visiting his family over Christmas, so I’m having to do a lot of cooking-for-one right now. I made a me-sized portion of this pasta…and it was so good that it didn’t even make it into a regular bowl! I just ate it straight out of the mixing bowl in which I made the sauce. SOOOOO GOOD. I love avocados & never thought to add them to pasta before!

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  • Mary Cuthbert October 16, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Just tried this recipe and LOVED it. I added finely chopped basil to the avocado and skipped on the tomatoes but it was a great lite lunch. Thanks, I’ll be keeping this recipe in my book. 🙂

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    • Joanne October 18, 2012, 12:23 pm

      Love that you added the basil! Yum!

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  • Barbara September 9, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I loved this. Sprinkled grated Romano cheese on finished dish and then I finished it!

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    • Joanne September 10, 2012, 11:34 am

      Ohhh — great idea for adding the cheese!

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  • Trisha September 1, 2012, 5:44 pm

    This is a really great recipe and to top it easy and versatile thank you for making this availble 🙂

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  • Anette August 26, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Went to the backyard- blessed with avocado trees and tomato plants. Made this incredible dish… A new way to eat avocados!! I added a pinch of pepper flakes to kick it up a notch and it was delicious!!! Thank you.

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  • Amy July 18, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I’ve just made this and wow. 🙂

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    • Joanne July 18, 2012, 5:20 pm

      So happy you enjoyed it! We love that pasta 🙂

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  • natalie July 14, 2012, 3:29 pm

    i made this the other day, very good,i added a pinch of lemon pepper and it was wonderfull, definitly a great summertime dish.

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    • Joanne July 18, 2012, 11:45 am

      ooo, love the lemon pepper addition!

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  • aidan July 12, 2012, 7:25 pm

    i made this last night for my boyfriend and my family, but i added goat cheese to the avocado mixture and i also grilled off some chicken breast and shrimp to mix in as well.

    It was absolutely fantastic!

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  • Choco July 9, 2012, 6:08 pm

    Fast and lovely. Yay!

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  • Yolanda July 9, 2012, 3:09 pm

    I would probably call this a pico de gallo pasta.

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  • Michael July 7, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Wow delicious put a little Franks Red Hot Sauce on it i suggest

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    • Joanne July 9, 2012, 6:15 pm

      oh, yum! love the ideas of hot sauce!

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  • Jill June 28, 2012, 7:15 am

    This looks really good, don’t often buy avaocados as I’m never sure what to do with them beyond salad so this is great!

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  • kellie June 27, 2012, 6:56 pm

    I think this looks divine. I think adding shrimp or bacon would make it just as good. Oh…the various fresh summer veggies one could add.

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  • Chae May 31, 2012, 10:25 am

    Made this last night! So delicious!! ( I omitted the green onion only because I didn’t have it – and also used fresh lime because I didn’t have lemon.) Thanks! I also pinned it 🙂 You rock!

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  • Rachel April 12, 2012, 3:38 pm

    I made this and added cooked chicken as well…quite yummy!

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  • PinkTulip March 25, 2012, 11:54 pm

    I smiled when I saw this. I will definitely make this.

    I’ve been making a very similar dish for years.

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    • Joanne March 26, 2012, 10:59 am

      wonderful! we love the pasta and make it often!

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  • Katrine March 19, 2012, 9:08 am

    Hello! This looks delicious, but will it work to reheat it a couple of hours after making it? I eat before my boyfriend, so he needs to reheat dinner when he comes home. Will the avocado keep or go bad?

    Thanks 🙂

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    • Joanne March 19, 2012, 10:38 am

      Hi Katrine, It should keep well for a few hours. Just cover with some plastic wrap or place into a resealable container. We don’t however, suggest to keep past one day, it just is not as good.

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  • Joanne March 6, 2012, 10:12 am

    so happy you liked it!!!

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