Pasta itself is a dream. Avocado itself is a dream. Well, can you now imagine what the combination of pasta and avocado tastes like? Like the best dream. Not only does it taste amazing, no, it also is incredibly easy to make (as easy as tomato sauce), super healthy and soso simple. Really, there is no excuse left not to make this!
What’s special about this dish?
It is everything else than traditional (sorry to all my Italian fellows, if this may hurt you). Avocado does not really grow in Italy and defintely is not eaten with pasta. Usually you’d eat it with bread, in bowls, with nachos or just as is. And I mean, all of those are some sort of carbohydrates – so is pasta! Why not eating avocado with pasta then? So besides it being very non-traditional, it also comes together really really quickly.
Plus, it is very versatile. If you want it springy, go ahead and add some herbs or dill, if you want it vegan, substitute the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast and the greek yoghurt for a plant based yoghurt. If you wanted it a bit more meaty, you could also fry some bacon in a pan and toss it into the sauce, so you have a kinda cabonara-style avocado pasta. Or you could also fry some prawns or chicken and add that on top. It really is up to you and your preferences how you make this and that makes it really special and great!
Is this even healthy?
Yep, yep! Avocados are superfoods, this needs to be said. They are loaded with healthy (omega-3) fats, which are great for your brain and your heart. Then they also contain more potassium than e.g. bananas, great for your cells and heart, they contain a bunch of fibre, so your digestion works perfectly and they contain numerous different vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling fit and healthy.
Then we also have some greek yoghurt, which is loaded with protein and calcium, parmesan cheese, which is loaded with deliciousness, fresh herbs (always a nutrient bomb) and the pasta. Pasta, unlike many claims, can actually be very beneficial for you. The carbs give you lots of energy to do all the things you love. Plus, if you go for whole-grain pasta, you get another dose of fibre and minerals. And, obviously, pasta is very good for your soul 🙂
How to make this?
When I say this is easy, I mean this is EASY. You start by boiling the pasta (according to package instructions). Then we either use a blender or a fork to continue. When doing it with a fork, it will be less creamy, more like a pesto-guac consistency. When blending it’ll be saucy. So we grate the parmesan, and either add it to a bowl or a blender with chopped up herbs, greek yoghurt, grated garlic and mashed avo. And then we either mash or blend it until creamy.
Before the pasta is done, we’ll reserve some pasta water, then drain it and mix it with the avocado sauce and the pasta water. That already is it! Really easy right? Now you can add any toppings you like, if you want to, like tomatoes, prawns, chicken, chickpeas, or just more cheese (always a good choice)!
This dish really is perfect for summer, or warm spring days, for easy lunches or quick dinners. I would even say it´s justifiable as a brunch dish (bc it’s basically like avocado toast just with pasta, right?). Regardless or when you’ll enjoy it, I hope you will enjoy it! Have a great time cooking!
The Easiest 15 Minute Saucy Avocado Pasta
Easy, delicious, healthy. Just on another level. The combination of pasta and creamy avocado sauce is just like a bite into heaven, plus it is so incredibly easy to make! A must try!
What you will need
- 500 g pasta (spaghetti work best)
- 1,5-2 avocados (depending on how big they are)
- 100 g greek yoghurt
- 100 g parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp chopped herbs (a mixture of dill, basil and parsley works best)
- sea salt
- mozarella, prawns, chicken or anything else to serve with
Bring a pot with salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. 2 minutes before they're done, you can reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain them.
If you have a blender, peel the avocado and the garlic, grate the parmesan and add everything to a blender and mix until creamy.
If you do not have a blender, mash the avocado, grate the parmesan and garlic and mix and mash everything in a bowl until as creamy as possible. You may need some (plant based) milk).
When the pasta is done, mix it with the sauce and a bit of the pasta water to start with (you can add more later on if you feel like it needs to become a bit creamier).
Divide onto bowls and serve with whatever you love! Enjoy!
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière