Hello, Avocado! Did you know that avocados contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals? It also contributes to heart health and may support healthy aging and weight management. It also makes food creamy, nutty, and fatty. The good fats though*.
Now onto the recipe.
Boil your pasta until al dente. Blend together your pesto ingredients. Mix together with cooked pasta. Optional: top with diced tomatoes. Enjoy!
Vegan Avocado Pesto Pasta
Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 2
- 200 grams of rice pasta, like rotini
- ½ cup basil
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 avocado, ripe
- ¼ cup almonds or pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1½ tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- ½ lemon, juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Optional: add slice tomatoes, red onions, cheese
Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to box instructions, usually 7-10 minutes for al dente pasta. When the pasta is done, reserve ½ cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile, make your pesto. Using an immersion blender or food processor, add almonds, garlic, basil, spinach, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, salt, and pepper. Blitz until all ingredients are incorporated.
Add the drained pasta into the pesto and mix together. Add a small amount of pasta water, if needed, to help thin out pesto so that it evenly coats the pasta.
Taste for salt and pepper. Add in tomatoes, red onions, (vegan) cheese, or other toppings if you desire. Serve immediately.
*I am not an expert, but this peer-reviewed article tells me that avocados are amazing for you. Ha ha.