Recipe: Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta

Sometimes all I want for dinner is a creamy pasta dish, but I tend to avoid dairy for the most part, and it’s not exactly the sort of meal you should eat too often anyway! Luckily, this avocado & spinach pasta dish fills that void, bringing all the deliciousness of a rich, creamy sauce and all in just as long as it takes for the pasta to cook!

The avocado makes the sauce so smooth and creamy that you really will find it hard to believe it doesn’t include a huge glug of heavy cream, I promise! So, onto the recipe!

Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta | I Spy Plum PieIngredients List

  • Pasta of your choice (I used an egg fettuccine)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)

Steps

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain reserving a cup of the water and set aside
  2. Meanwhile, finely dice the garlic and add to your blender with the nuts, spinach, avocado flesh, roughly chopped parsley and lemon juice and blitz to combine
  3. Gradually add the reserved water while blitzing until it reaches a smooth consistency (you may not need the whole cup)
  4. Season with salt and pepper then toss through the pasta
  5. Serve with some cracked pepper and a sprinkling of cheese (I use a vegetarian friendly hard-cheese)
  6. Enjoy!

Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta | I Spy Plum Pie

I love how colourful the sauce is thanks to the spinach and parsley and it’s seriously simple to make! The perfect mid-week meal when you want something delicious but time and energy are not on your side! Plus, you get all the goodness of an avocado as well!

You could up the health-stakes by opting for a wholemeal pasta (or gluten-free pasta if that’s your thing) instead, although given you’ve already skipped out on the cream then I think normal pasta is a-ok! I’ll leave that decision up to you though!

Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta | I Spy Plum Pie

Are you a fan of creamy pastas? Fancy giving this avocado & spinach pasta a try?

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8 Comments on Recipe: Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

      I love that it’s avo season!

      Reply
  1. Elizabeth
    August 4, 2015 at 9:21 am (4 years ago)

    Spring is in the air in Sydney this looks like a great spring pasta.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Mixed winter dhal

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s definitely a great light dinner option, which to me is very Spring like!

      Reply
  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    August 7, 2015 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

    I made this last night!!! So good! Definitely going to become a regular in our house! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party – have a great weekend!! xxx
    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile recently posted…Fabulous Foodie Fridays #63

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm (4 years ago)

      So glad you loved it!

      Reply
    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Hard to beat, isn’t it!

      Reply

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