The best way to describe the avocado sauce is a no-cook creamy pesto. The creaminess is courtesy of the avocado which also imparts a slight sweetness. Overall, the sauce is a little bit tart, garlicky and full of the wonderful flavors of fresh sweet basil.
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Pasta with avocado sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 150 grams pasta any shape
  • salt
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful sweet basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • lime or lemon juice to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • grated cheese optional

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted boiling water (see how to cook al dente pasta like a pro).
  • Cut the avocado in half, discard the stone, scoop out the flesh and roughly chop.
  • Crush the garlic and discard the skins.
  • Roughly chop the basil leaves.
    How to cook easy and delicious pasta with avocado sauce
  • Place the chopped avocado, basil leaves, garlic and olive oil in the blender. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper. Pulse just until smooth. If the blender motor has a hard time, add a few more tablespoons of olive oil to help get it running.
  • Pour in about a teaspoonful of lime or lemon juice. Pulse a few more times. Taste. Adjust the seasonings, if needed, adding more lemon juice, salt or pepper, or all of them.
    How to cook easy and delicious pasta with avocado sauce
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado sauce, ladle into bowls, top with grated cheese (unless you want a vegan dish) and serve immediately.