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

  • See how we make Avocado Egg Salad — Avocado adds a twist to classic egg salad. Easy avocado egg salad recipe with celery, fresh herbs, and lemon juice.
  • 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


    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
  • Christine March 9, 2017, 6:01 pm

    I’ll definitely be making this again!

  • Pam February 6, 2017, 8:24 pm

    Came out DELICIOUS! So simple and quick to make.

  • Gail February 5, 2017, 4:05 am

    Made this yesterday. Came out great. I omitted the green onions and tomatoes. It was quick and delicious and I will have it again. I love avocados.

  • Diane January 30, 2017, 11:42 am

    I love your cooking style and recipes!

  • Kerry December 17, 2016, 11:19 am

    I put way more garlic and lemon in this because I love garlic and lemon… also added some plain yogurt instead of water which a) make the sauce go further and b) added a nice tartness. Love this recipe, it’s a good one to get creative with (sometimes I’ll add some chilli flakes or nutritional yeast !)

  • Lianne September 12, 2016, 12:07 am

    I love all the ingredients of this recipe, but all together with the mashed avocado didn’t taste right to me. I even added granulated garlic, more lemon and some cilantro. Dish just wasn’t that good was sorta blah.

  • Kathryn September 6, 2016, 8:10 am

    I made enough of this so I had two portions, one for tomorrow, had to stop myself from going back for seconds! This, is my new favourite go to dish… I also omitted the onion and used some chicken cooked in coconut oil, that needed using. This dish is actually perfect for me because I’m a singer, and it doesn’t give you that cloggy throat feeling that cream or butter does! Xxx

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Andy November 10, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Has anyone tried mixing in canned crab meat?

    • Samantha July 30, 2016, 11:44 am

      I used wheat pasta instead, so good. I wish I had more avocados!

  • 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! 😉

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • txgrl April 8, 2015, 1:05 pm

    everyone try adding a little sour cream to avocado sauce

    • Joanne April 9, 2015, 5:10 pm

      That sounds like a great idea!

  • 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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