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Fresh and Easy Avocado Pasta

by on February 24, 2012 · 66 comments

Just avocado, that’s all you need for a delicious creamy avocado pasta recipe.

No butter.

No cream.

Bonus – You can make avocado pasta in less than 15 minutes.

How to make Avocado Pasta

Get some salted water on the stove and bring it to a boil then cook your pasta according to the directions on the back of the box or package. Next, de-seed and dice a tomato. We really love how the fresh tomato really freshens up the avocado pasta, but if you’re not a fan, just leave it out.

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Now, find a large bowl and add a cup of avocado. Make sure the avocado is ripe 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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Now, use a microplane to grate in some fresh garlic. If you don’t have a microplane, just mince the garlic finely. (read: we totally suggest you get one, by the way). You don;t need much garlic, here — just enough to give off a touch of spice.

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Add some lemon juice….lime juice would work, too!

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… then season with salt and pepper.

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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, reserve about 1/2 a cup of the water then drain the pasta.

Add a 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the mashed avocado, this will thin out the sauce a bit.

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Next, add the pasta and the tomatoes from earlier.

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Toss, then check to see if the avocado has turned into a sauce that clings to the pasta. Add a little more water to thin things out a bit if you need to.

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Serve in a bowl with some spring onion and there, you go! Your very own bowl of creamy avocado pasta!

4.8 from 23 reviews
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Why we love this recipe. Fast, fresh and so easy. The longest part of this recipe is cooking the pasta. The avocado “sauce” is made in literally minutes.

What you need to know. 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.

Equipment you’ll need. You will need a chef’s knife, large bowl, large pot, two spoons or tongs and a microplane (optional).
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You Will Need
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) dry pasta
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
Directions
Cook Pasta
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil then cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of hot pasta water then drain pasta.
Prepare Avocado Sauce
  1. Cut tomato in half then scoop out any loose seeds and discard. Then, chop into small pieces and set aside.
  2. Add avocado flesh to a large bowl then use a fork to mash into a chunky paste. Add the garlic, lemon juice, salt and a dash of pepper. Mix. Taste then adjust salt and or pepper as needed.
Combine Sauce and Pasta
  1. Add the drained cooked pasta, about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and the tomatoes to bowl. Use two spoons or tongs to toss. The avocado will turn into a thin sauce that coats the pasta. Add more reserved pasta sauce if to thin the sauce out even more if needed.
  2. Serve with green onions sprinkled on top.

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66 Comments

1 Katrine March 19, 2012 at 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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2 Joanne March 19, 2012 at 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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3 PinkTulip March 25, 2012 at 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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4 Joanne March 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

wonderful! we love the pasta and make it often!

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5 Rachel April 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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

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6 Chae May 31, 2012 at 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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7 kellie June 27, 2012 at 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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8 Jill June 28, 2012 at 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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9 Michael July 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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

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10 Joanne July 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

oh, yum! love the ideas of hot sauce!

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11 Yolanda July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I would probably call this a pico de gallo pasta.

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12 Joanne July 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

that works, too!

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13 Choco July 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Fast and lovely. Yay!

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14 aidan July 12, 2012 at 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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15 natalie July 14, 2012 at 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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16 Joanne July 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

ooo, love the lemon pepper addition!

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17 Amy July 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I’ve just made this and wow. :)

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18 Joanne July 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

So happy you enjoyed it! We love that pasta :)

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19 Anette August 26, 2012 at 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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20 Trisha September 1, 2012 at 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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21 Barbara September 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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

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22 Joanne September 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

Ohhh — great idea for adding the cheese!

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23 Mary Cuthbert October 16, 2012 at 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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24 Joanne October 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Love that you added the basil! Yum!

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25 Kit December 19, 2012 at 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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26 Lili-Anne February 14, 2013 at 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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27 Rosemary February 15, 2013 at 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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28 Jack February 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

This recipe is the incredible!

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29 Crystal Sell March 6, 2013 at 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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30 Erin May 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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

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31 Adwoa June 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

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

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32 Sonia June 15, 2013 at 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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33 Mary Soucy June 25, 2013 at 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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34 dianne July 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

absolutely delicious!!!

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35 Lucy July 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Basically, pasta with guacamole.

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36 kyla gillen August 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

yummmy but i think i put in to much garlic

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37 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 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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38 Carl October 16, 2013 at 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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39 Joanne October 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

Sun-dried tomatoes would be delicious.

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40 Caroline October 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I add ginger and basil to this mixture!

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41 Joanne October 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Sounds delicious!

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42 Ash November 1, 2013 at 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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43 Taoito December 7, 2013 at 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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44 Joanne December 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Thanks so much!

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45 Jane December 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

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

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46 Joanne December 30, 2013 at 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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47 Joyce January 23, 2014 at 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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48 Krystal January 31, 2014 at 8:09 am

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

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49 EnglishMuffin February 5, 2014 at 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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50 Nicole February 9, 2014 at 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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51 Helle February 12, 2014 at 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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52 sue March 11, 2014 at 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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53 Joanne March 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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

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54 Lillian March 26, 2014 at 12:34 am

Thinking of preparing it cold. Thoughts? Tips?

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55 Joanne April 3, 2014 at 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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56 Caitlyn May 8, 2014 at 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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57 Joanne May 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

Sounds delicious!

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58 Leslie Arnold June 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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

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59 Joanne March 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

so happy you liked it!!!

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