Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta

Avocado pasta is quick, easy, and dairy-free. You only need 15 minutes and a fork to make the creamy avocado sauce (no food processor is required). Jump to the Avocado Pasta Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

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How to make the best avocado pasta

It’s hard to believe, but you only need avocado for the creamy avocado sauce. No butter or cream, just avocado! I love how easy this pasta is and the fact that I can make it in less than 15 minutes is a real bonus, especially during the week. We love this recipe so much that we’ve even made a version swapping sweet potato noodles for the pasta.

Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta

What you’ll need

The ingredients to make avocado pasta are simple. Here’s what I use to make it:

  • Whatever pasta I have in the pantry.
  • A tomato, which adds some color and freshness.
  • Sliced green onion (scallion) and garlic.
  • Ripe avocado
  • Lemon juice or when I’m out of lemons, lime juice.
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper

The (easy) steps for making it

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

Step 1: Add avocado to a bowl and mash with a fork until creamy. You can also use a food processor, but we hate cleaning it, so a fork is our go-to. For the best, creamiest avocado sauce, use a ripe avocado. An avocado is ripe when it gives slightly when squeezed. You can see our tips for buying avocados here.

Step 2: Add fresh garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Since we add raw garlic to the sauce, I use a microplane to grate the garlic. This way, it’s grated into extra small bits. If you don’t have a microplane, simply mince the garlic, but make sure you mince it finely.

Step 3: Add a bit of the hot pasta water. This turns the avocado mash into a sauce.

Adding a little hot pasta water to mashed avocado for the sauce
Adding a little hot pasta water to mashed avocado turns the mixture into a creamy sauce that will coat the pasta.

Step 4: Stir in the chopped tomatoes, sliced green onion, and cooked pasta. After a good toss, the sauce will coat the pasta — if you need too, you can add a little more water to thin things out a bit.

Tossing the avocado sauce and pasta
If, after adding the pasta, the sauce isn’t coating the pasta, add a splash more of the hot pasta water and toss.

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

More easy avocado recipes

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  • Our Avocado and Cucumber Salad is one of my favorite recipes shared on Inspired Taste. I could eat it everyday!
  • I love this Smashed Avocado Toast with Egg! Thanks to a hard-boiled egg, flaky salt, lemon, and pepper, it is healthy, protein-packed, delicious, and has significant sticking power!
Bowl of 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

Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta

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Avocado pasta is fast, fresh, and simple. The longest part of this recipe is cooking the pasta. The dairy-free avocado sauce is made in minutes. In the recipe, we call for grated garlic. We like to use a microplane grater. If you do not have one at home, mince the garlic very finely before adding to the sauce. For our tips on choosing avocados, see how we choose and store avocados.

Makes 4 (1 cup) servings

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 a quarter of a lemon

Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

    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.

    Mash the avocado in a large bowl. Stir in the garlic and lemon juice then season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Stir in a 1/4-cup of the reserved pasta water.

    Add pasta, tomatoes, and green onion then toss until the sauce coats the pasta. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more pasta water. Serve

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size About 1 cup, 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 295 / Total Fat 7.7g / Saturated Fat 1.5g / Cholesterol 5.1mg / Sodium 593.4mg / Carbohydrate 47.4g / Dietary Fiber 4.6g / Total Sugars 2.7g / Protein 9.6g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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103 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Viv September 2, 2020, 9:56 pm

    It was delicious!! I wasn’t sure if there would be enough texture in the dish, so I added a half pound of mushrooms, used 2 large tomatoes and sauteed it with some garlic and shallots. The dish came together quickly. Also used 2 avocadoes (we love them). What a hearty meal. Great idea using avocadoes as the sauce!

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  • Leslie May 31, 2020, 10:26 pm

    Just having your pasta w avocado sauce. For one. Yummy! Never heard of sweet potato pasta! Sounds good maybe with some bacon? Thanks!

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  • gma4 April 8, 2020, 7:22 pm

    sooo easy!! and tasty!! and healthy (especially with whole wheat past)

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  • Terri November 17, 2019, 4:40 pm

    I looked at a few avocado pasta recipes and decided on this one. I used it as a base and added more stuff to our liking…the juice of 1/2 a lime, 4 avocados, peas, red pepper, and a can of Petit diced tomatoes. Big hit. It made enough for 5 adults. We all loved it! ♥️

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  • Leanne Greenwood November 4, 2019, 9:32 am

    I watched the avocado pasta video. I liked how simple the recipe was.

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  • Hannah September 3, 2019, 1:31 pm

    It was okay…but there was hardly any flavor I would recommend adding mushrooms and some yummy spices you like 🙂

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  • PollyOakford August 30, 2019, 11:59 am

    Avocado pasta delicious

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  • Carolyn August 26, 2019, 10:26 pm

    😁

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  • marlene satten June 8, 2019, 3:27 pm

    I have printed out several of your recipes. Looking forward to trying the homemade tahini recipe.

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