meatless monday | creamy avocado pasta

whenever i am looking for ideas for meatless meals, my mind almost immediately goes to pasta.  it’s just so easy to adapt a pasta & add & omit different ingredients, while still turning out a delicious meal.  however, i tend to like rich, creamy, cheesy pastas, {probably a result of my college roommate & i eating pasta with tomato sauce for every. single. meal. freshman year.  i’m still sick of it & we’re almost 10 years {!} removed.} but those rich pastas usually go against the very reason we’re eating less meat in the first place…to be healthier.

well, this pasta is incredibly rich & creamy without actually adding a drop of any kind of dairy whatsoever, all thanks to avocado, which may sound a little out of place, but paired with fresh basil & lemon in a sauce that comes together in the time it takes to cook the pasta, it’s absolute perfection.

give it a shot & let us know what you think!


serves 4

1 16oz package whole wheat or brown rice pasta
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large, ripe avocados
1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
extra pepper & lemon zest for garnish

place a large pot of water over high heat. bring to a boil, salt well & cook pasta according to package instructions.

while the pasta cooks, combine the garlic, half the lemon juice & olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender jar. pulse until smooth. add the avocados, basil, salt & pepper & puree until it becomes a creamy sauce. taste & add more lemon juice, salt & pepper as needed.

drain the pasta & toss with avocado sauce. serve immediately with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper & lemon zest.

adapted from cate’s world kitchen

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5 Responses to meatless monday | creamy avocado pasta

  1. Christina says:

    Mmmm, I love this, I have to try it! I love all of your meatless Monday pastas!

  2. Amy G. H. says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

  3. LIZ* says:

    How in the world have I never stumbled upon your blog before? Your photos are gorgeous! Your food looks so so delicious!

    I’m so excited to have found you… through the most gracious BA’s of heir to blair’s link on facebook…

    But anyhow… I’m a new follower – and cannot wait to try some of your recipes!


  4. Amy G. H. says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday – came out great! Tasted a lot like a pesto, but with more flavor. Thanks!

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