Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta {oil free}

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Unlike, what appears to be, every other person on Instagram, I'm not a huge fan of avocado (shock horror)! You certainly won't catch me spreading any avo on my toast because, lets be real, why ruin a good slice of sourdough! While the texture of avocado really puts me off, the taste (and nutritional profile) are pretty good, so if you blend the avocado into a creamy sauce, I'm on board. On the other hand I've always been a huge fan of pesto, I mean, basil and garlic, what more could you want?! Now, combine creamy avocado, with the fresh flavour of basil pesto and add to my favourite food, pasta, and you've got a winning combination that's perfect for the end of summer when you can't quite decide between fresh flavours and hearty comfort food.

For this recipe you will need:
- Spaghetti (enough for two people)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp basil puree
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 large handful fresh basil
- the juice of half a small lime
- a splash of almond milk
- 2 servings of frozen peas

Start by placing your spaghetti in a pan with boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.

Now cut open your avocado and roughly mash the contents. Then add to a blender along with the almond milk, herbs, nutritional yeast and garlic then blend until completely smooth.

Transfer the sauce to a pan, add your lime juice and heat gently. Once hot, add your peas to the sauce and stir for a couple of minutes to cook through.

Next, drain your pasta and toss through the sauce, stirring well to ensure the pasta is completely coated.

Now you're ready to serve with a little fresh basil to garnish, and tuck in! As with every pasta dish, this meal tastes even better served with warm, fresh bread.

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  1. This recipe sounds amazing, I'm going to see if I can try my hand at recreating it before I go back to uni!

    1. Glad you like the sound of it! It's super easy and delicious so definitely give it a try and let me know what you think!