We love this avocado pesto pasta! The pesto is made with basil, toasted pine nuts, ripe avocado, pecorino romano and a hint of lemon. It is so summery and delicious, and absolutely wonderful tossed with hot pasta.
We live for pesto in our house!
This avocado pesto pasta is the perfect weeknight meal – whether it’s your main dish or side dish. The avocado pesto is so incredibly creamy and coats the hot bucatini until you have green silky strands of pasta. Tastes wonderfully nutty, cheesy, creamy, refreshing and like a big bite of summer.
That’s the best kind of meal.
I didn’t grow up eating pesto as a kid and it took me quite a while to get into it. These days, I have my kids completely obsessed with pesto – any and all versions. Max eats it on rotini, Emilia loves to make it with me and Jordan is just venturing into his pesto pasta obsession.
It’s one of Eddie’s favorite side dishes and something I will throw together when I only have a few minutes. It’s just so super simple but packs so much flavor.
During the warmer months, I like to have pesto in the fridge. Any variety!
We use it for garlic bread, spread it on chicken or steak, toss it in pasta like this or even use it as a dip or drizzle for grilled vegetables. It’s so incredibly versatile and reminds me of sunshine and those light, refreshing dinners on the patio.
This recipe combines a mix of my classic basil pesto with perfectly ripe avocados. I’ve done an avocado pesto before, with this steak and corn. It is very similar except that one uses asiago for a sharper punch.
When I make pesto, I love to go heavy on the toast pine nuts. They bring out my favorite flavor. I also like a lot of garlic and parmesan along with just a pinch of crushed red pepper for heat.
Adding avocado to this pesto makes it extra creamy. It’s richer and hugs the pasta more than usual, thanks to the smooth avocado. I also just absolutely love the flavor. It does not a have a heavy avocado taste.
Eddie doesn’t love avocado, but in the pesto it doesn’t bother him at all. In fact, he had no idea this was filled with avocado until I told him… AFTER the meal of course.
I love this as the main meal in summer. Top it with lots of cheese, fresh basil leaves and a little spritz of lemon. It is such summer perfection.
One of simplest pleasures right now is a plate of pesto pasta, a chilled glass of white wine, some light music and a summer sunset. It doesn’t get better! (more…)
Jessica June 8, 2022 at 04:06PM