Creamy Avocado Pasta

All you have to cook is the spaghetti. The sauce whips up in the food processor while the pasta cooks. That’s it. Dinner is prepared.
By Julie Andrews

This recipe is a game-changer.

Cream sauces are something that I normally just don’t do. It’s not that I don’t find them utterly delicious. I totally do. They simply aren’t worth it to me. As a registered dietitian I can’t keep myself from mentally computing all the calories I consume. And I’d rather save my splurges for a nice creme brulee or something else sweet and rich.

My oldest daughter, in particular, can’t get enough cream sauces. I rarely make them for her, the poor girl. In fact, any chance she gets she’ll order fettucini alfredo in a restaurant. If they had it at McDonald’s, she’d order it.

Even though I’m very well known for modifying recipes in order to make them healthier, I can’t see the point of healthifying a good alfredo or carbonara. It is what it is. And healthy, it isn’t.

Enter this incredibly easy, 15-minute dish. All you have to cook is the spaghetti. The sauce whips up in the food processor while the pasta cooks. That’s it. Dinner is prepared.

The flavor of this pasta is incredibly similar to a creamy pesto. I call this recipe “Pesto Alfredo” in my house to avoid any dirty looks for feeding the kids avocados for dinner. If you love avocados as much as I do, or if you love pesto, I suggest you make this immediately.

Creamy Avocado Pasta
 
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Recipe Type: Main dish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small garlic cloves
  • 1½ ripe avocados, pitted
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • ¼ cup 1% milk (60ml)*
  • Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese for serving*
Instructions
  1. Put spaghetti on to boil according to directions on box.
  2. While spaghetti cooks, process the garlic and olive oil until the garlic is at least coarsely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients except the milk and process until smooth.
  3. Add the milk and process until incorporated.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and spoon the sauce mixture into hot pasta pot. Add the spaghetti and stir well until fully combined
  5. Serve with fresh grated cheese of your choice
Notes
The avocado mixture should be the consistency of a thick yogurt after processing. It will thin out when combined with the hot pasta. *This can be easily turned into a vegan recipe by omitting the cheese and substituting soy milk, rice milk, or even water.
Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Julie is a Registered Dietitian, food writer, and food photographer. Her blog emphasizes healthy eating and features an eclectic mix of savory and sweet recipe ideas. Her photography is frequently published on Foodgawker, Tastespotting and Healthy Aperture. Read more at tastefullyjulie.com.

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7 Comments
  1. I’ve made this several times and never had any problem with browning. The lime and the milk both help inhibit the oxidation. I’m not sure how long it will last, though. Better to make and serve immediately.

  2. I plan to make this recipe tonight; looks fairly straightforward. I’m all for healthy foods but feel that so long as one doesn’t overdo it, avoiding extra calories and such is something one should consider only for themselves.

    You’re a dietician and your daughter eats at McDonald’s? That’s peculiar…but then, she’s probably a pre-teen or a teenager and we have to know that our kids will choose their own lives…and cuisine…usually a zillion miles in the opposite direction of their parents’ preferences. You’re a dietician? Ha ha–and we know which direction a kid of yours will take…at least until she ‘figures things out’ on her own.

    I tend to cook ‘gourmet’ meals a goodly amount of the time, though I take care to avoid excessive intake of creamy foods, extra carbs, and sugars. Not sure if this qualifies me as a healthy eater or not…but I’ve continued to cook and bake non-healthy (i.e. gourmet foods with discretion) things like tarts and pies and such. I exercise, I continue to maintain my preferred weight, even as I may choose to eschew whole wheat, soymilk, etc.

    My thinking is simply that…even if I make a tart, I don’t eat ALL OF IT. If I cook a nice meal, I eat it all but it’s never falling off the plate. Moderation is the key…not being exreme…at least for me.

    I will return to your site sometime…interesting views!

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