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Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta (Gluten-Free)

by Capri Lilly

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta. A vibrant, herbaceous, garlicky, luscious pasta sauce that can be made in less than 10 minutes! Toss in your favorite pasta and you can even top with your favorite protein for a more filling meal!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

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What’s better than a healthy pasta dish that can be made in less than 10 minutes?! Seriously, this avocado pesto pasta is a dream! It takes longer to boil the pasta than to make this pesto sauce. Once the noodles are al dente and the pesto sauce is made, you simply toss the pasta into the sauce and enjoy!

Ingredients to make creamy avocado pesto

How To Make Avocado Pesto

Making Avocado Pesto Sauce from scratch will be the easiest sauce you’ll ever make! The avocado makes the pesto sauce so luscious and creamy! Fresh basil gives the pesto the signature vibrant taste! You can also add in arugula or spinach for an added nutrient boost!

Simply place all the ingredients into the food processor or blender, and blend until smooth. If you like a chunky texture to your pesto use a food processor. If you like your pesto smoother, use a high-powered blender.

Ingredients You Will Need

  1. Avocado
  2. Basil
  3. Pine Nuts
  4. Parmesan Cheese
  5. Olive Oil
  6. Garlic
  7. Lemon Juice
  8. Salt & Pepper
pesto made in blender. close up to show texture

Vegan Avocado Pesto Pasta

Turning this Creamy Avocado Pesto into a Vegan Creamy Avocado Pesto is SUPER easy and only involves one swap! Simply omit the parmesan cheese and swap with raw cashews! Cashews will give the pesto a rich creamy flavor; you would never guess it’s dairy-free! Don’t believe me? Check out this vegan pesto pasta salad I made here. 🙂

What Pasta Is Best With Pesto?

Any type of pasta works! Use whichever pasta is your favorite! I love to use potato gnocchi because it is fluffy, hearty, and quickly absorbs the flavor of the pesto! You can also try Penne, Fussili, Spaghetti, Rotini, or even Zucchini noodles for a healthy, low-carb option! My current favorite gluten-free pasta is Banza Chickpea Pasta and Taste Republic Gluten-Free Pasta!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

What To Eat With Your Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta?

Enjoy this tasty pesto pasta on its own or serve it with your favorite protein. I like to make steak and serve it on top of my pesto pasta. Chicken, sausage, or vegan alternative meat are also great options! You can also serve this dish over a bed of greens like I did here and turn this into an avocado pasta salad.

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I Hope You Enjoy This Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta!

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Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta Vegetarian Gluten Free
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5 from 14 votes

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta. A vibrant, herbaceous, garlicky, luscious pasta sauce that can be made in less than 10 minutes! Toss in your favorite pasta and you can even top with your favorite protein for a more filling meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: 10-minute, avocado, Easy Pesto Recipe, gluten-free, pasta, pesto, vegan option, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Dry Pasta of Choice
  • 1 Large Avocado, or two small avocados (skin and seed removed)
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups Basil, loosely packed
  • 1 Lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese (or 1/4 cup raw cashews for vegan option)
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil, plus more if desired
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Red Crushed Pepper, optional

For Serving (Optional Add-ins)

  • 1/3 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Pine Nuts

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, combine all of the pesto ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until evenly incorporated. If you’d like your pesto thinner, add additional olive oil (1 tbsp at a time) until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the pesto to the cooked pasta over low heat. (Add in sun-dried tomatoes, optional). Mix until all noodles are covered and pesto is warmed, about 2-3 minutes. Store any leftover pesto in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month!

Notes

Use Gluten-Free Pasta if necessary. I like to use this pasta made from chickpeas! 
If you like a chunky texture to your pesto use a food processor. If you like your pesto smoother, use a high-powered blender.
Store any leftover pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month (be sure to thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before using)! You can enjoy this pesto over pasta, on a baguette, as a sandwich spread.

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27 comments

Taneisha June 19, 2021 - 7:57 pm

5 stars
This recipe was so full of flavour and had such great textures! I loved the creaminess from the Avocado and the garlicky pesto flavours as well! Thanks so much!

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Capri Lilly June 19, 2021 - 8:39 pm

Hi Taneisha! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Crystal June 20, 2021 - 4:33 pm

5 stars
The avocado pesto on its own is amazing!!! I went with gnocchi as my pasta of choice and ohhhh man, it was delicious!

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Capri Lilly June 20, 2021 - 5:09 pm

HI Crystal! I completely agree! I use this pesto on salads, sandwiches– it’s so good!

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Carita June 21, 2021 - 3:59 am

5 stars
This recipe was right on time as I’m head over heels with pesto these days! I prepared this for my family for dinner and they all loved it! The recipe was so easy to follow and I’m so thrilled that this sauce was homemade. Will be making this again for sure!

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Karla June 22, 2021 - 12:30 am

5 stars
This recipe was so good! I ended up doubling the recipe because I wanted to share it with my mom. Well, that second batch never made it to her. Instead, we ate off it for a week. We had it as a side with chicken, sandwiches, and then fish on Friday! It was so good!

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 4:29 pm

Yay! That is what I like to hear! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Robin June 22, 2021 - 6:52 am

5 stars
You have done it again! I could not stop eating this – that’s how scrumptious it was. I left the avocado chunky and will try it with some tuna next time for a change of pace.

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 4:29 pm

Hi Robin! That sounds like a lovely idea!

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Chenée Lewis June 22, 2021 - 3:57 pm

5 stars
I love this avocado pesto sauce! Made it with the chickpea pasta you recommended and tossed in some sun-dried tomatoes. Such an easy weeknight dinner!

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 4:28 pm

Yumm! I am so glad you liked the recipe!

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Jessica June 22, 2021 - 4:03 pm

5 stars
I would never have thought to use avocado in a pasta and Capri, you have changed my life. This was so creamy and delicious! Perfect summer dinner.

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 4:27 pm

HI Jessica! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Avocado and pesto is a match made in heaven 🙂

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Marta June 22, 2021 - 4:36 pm

5 stars
I love how unique your recipes are. This avocado pesto was so creamy and full of flavor.

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 10:06 pm

Thank you, Marta!

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Britney Brown June 22, 2021 - 6:17 pm

5 stars
The fact that this dish only took 10 minutes and tastes THIS good?! We will be keeping this recipe on rotation, weekly! Thanks for an awesome recipe Capri!!

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 10:07 pm

Hi Britney! I’m glad you like the recipe!

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Tamara June 22, 2021 - 9:00 pm

5 stars
I am so happy I found this recipe! It is super simple to prepare, and LOADED with flavor! It is definitely one of my go-to recipes to get a quick dinner on the table!

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Capri Lilly June 22, 2021 - 10:07 pm

Yes! I love a quick flavorful meal! I am glad you like the recipe!

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Jazz June 23, 2021 - 3:29 pm

5 stars
This was a nice, light dinner for meatless Monday this week. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly June 23, 2021 - 4:03 pm

Hi Jazz! So glad you liked!

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Jen Sim June 23, 2021 - 3:46 pm

5 stars
This pasta made a delicious fresh summer lunch! The avocado pesto was so good that I plan to make it again this week using penne pasta!

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Capri Lilly June 23, 2021 - 4:02 pm

Hi Jen! That sounds like a marvelous idea! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Crystal DaCruz June 23, 2021 - 4:16 pm

5 stars
Ok, so I Love you for posting this recipe! This avocado pesto was so creamy and delicious! Huge fan right here!

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Capri Lilly June 24, 2021 - 6:35 pm

Yay! I am so happy to hear you liked the recipe!!

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Trevor June 29, 2021 - 3:35 am

5 stars
I can’t get enough of this avocado pesto! I’ve made it 3 times already! My favorite is with penne noodles and fish!

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Capri Lilly June 30, 2021 - 12:39 am

I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It sounds delicious with fish!

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