Avocado Pesto Pasta

February 15, 2012 by Ali

Yep. Thought it was time that I gave this latest food blogosphere trend a try.

Like many of you, my eyebrows went up too the first time I saw the words avocado and pesto paired together. But I happen to be a ridiculously enthusiastic fan of both. So why not see if they really are, in the words of Jack Johnson, “better together”?!?

Part of the rage of the avocado pesto trend is that it is heralded as a 15-minute meal. So I put some water on to boil, and then went to work blending up the pesto ingredients. I decided to try it (as others had suggested) sans pine nuts and Parmesan, and with some extra lemon juice. And upon my first taste-test, it was actually surprisingly pleasant! But once the pasta was cooked and I was tossing the two together, I admit I caved and as you can see, decided to add the pine nuts and Parmesan back in on top.

Still, it was quite nice! The avocado was definitely a different twist, but I think I liked it. For the sake of a base recipe, I went ahead and photographed the recipe plain. But look forward to making it again with some roasted veggies, roasted or sun-dried tomatoes, and definitely some grilled shrimp or chicken or something. And you could definitely experiment with adding nuts or Parmesan into the pesto as well, or any of your other favorite pesto ingredients.

Cheers to new food fads!

Avocado Pesto Pasta


  • 8 oz. pasta or noodles (I used tagliatelle)
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil, reserve some leaves for garnish
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (or more or less to taste)
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • (optional garnish) extra toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta or noodles, and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the pesto by combining basil, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Immediately after the pasta or noodles are drained, top with the pesto and gently toss until well-coated. Divide pasta among serving bowls and top with toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan.

This is great served with grilled shrimp or chicken on top as well.

Ali’s Tip:

You can also make this by substituting in fresh cilantro for the basil, and lime juice for the lemon juice. I tried it and definitely liked the basil better, but many on the blogosphere seem to love the cilantro twist!


Adapted from Chef Chloe.

filed in Entrees, Pastas

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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18 thoughts on “Avocado Pesto Pasta

  1. I finally got around to making a version of this dish and now Im kicking myself for waiting so long!
    Darn delicious and it’s ready in well under 15 minutes – take that Jamie Oliver!

    - jacki @ gobbled and gulped

  2. You did a WONDERFUL job on your live segment! Very cute. It was fun to get to know the gal behind all these wonderful recipes and pictures! Thank you!

    - Riann

  3. I am doing a cookbook challenge to cook every recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen.
    Hope you don’t mind that I added your post to my blog page under “Others who made it”.

    - Eileen Likes To Eat

  4. This is soooo good! Found the recipe on pinterest. Did it over some gluten free (rice) penne and topped with dry toasted pine nuts from Trader Joe’s. So thankful for a delicious dairy-free pesto!

    - Kristina

  5. no bake cookies!? I am in to try that. =)

    thx for sharing

    - Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

  6. Oh yum! I would not have thought of pairing these together either, but…delicious!

    - Cherina

  7. YUM!! i love pesto its one of my favorites and I love avacado too! eek i cant wait to try this

    - Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner)

  8. YUM!! i love pesto its one of my favorites and I love avacado too! eek i cant wait to try this out

    - Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner)

  9. What a great idea. I love pesto and avocado as well!

    - Lesley

  10. I wasn’t sure myself… but now I think I’ll put it on my summer to-make list when I’ve got fresh basil in the backyard. Definitely with pine nuts and Parmesan!!

    - Courtney

  11. I love avocados turned into pasta sauce. The recipe that I use doesn’t use basil, but I’m definitely adding that next time. This looks fabulous!

    - Cassie

  12. I read that title and said “yep” and then laughed when that is how you started this. I am going to be making it this weekend as I have some avocados to use up and a niece who is going to love this. Oohh and maybe for St. Patrick’s Day too

    - Ronda

  13. Must try! :)

    - Blog is the New Black