Quick and Easy Avocado Pasta Recipe
You won’t believe how quick and easy this avocado pasta is! It comes together so quickly — you only need 15 minutes. Plus, no fancy equipment is required. Jump to the Avocado Pasta Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.
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 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.
You’ll 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!
How to Make the Best Avocado Pasta (Vegan)
The great thing about this recipe is that in the time the pasta takes to cook, we can make the creamy avocado sauce.
Just add avocado to a bowl and mash 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.
For flavor, we love fresh garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. A Microplane helps with the garlic — If you don’t have one, mince the garlic finely. 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.
To turn the avocado mash into a sauce, add a bit of hot pasta water. Then, to finish, throw in tomatoes, chopped green onion, and cooked pasta. After a good toss, the sauce should coat the pasta — if you need too, you can add a little more water to thin things out a bit.
That’s it! Your very own bowl of creamy avocado pasta.
You may also enjoy these quick and easy recipes:
- These Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps, filled with honey-Dijon chicken, hummus, and veggies. Quick, easy and healthy.
- See How to Make Avocado Egg Salad — Avocado adds a twist to classic egg salad. Easy avocado egg salad recipe with celery, fresh herbs, and lemon juice.
- For a more decadent pasta recipe, try our Sausage and Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo.
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 Recipe
Avocado pasta is fast, fresh, and simple. 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, mince the garlic very finely before adding to the sauce. Choosing avocados can be a little tricky, for our tips, see our thoughts on how we choose and store avocados.
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 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.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.
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