The Empty Kitchen 03: Avocado Pasta Sauce

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Even if your kitchen is tumbleweed-empty, you should always have avocados on the counter.

They’re great to spread on toast for breakfast, throw in a smoothie, or blend into a delicious, creamy pasta sauce.

This is a much lighter alternative to Fettuccine Alfredo, and a good switch if you’re bored of tomato sauce.

If you don’t have any fresh basil on hand, you can use a pinch of dried basil like I did. Veggies are optional, but tomatoes add freshness, and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top is also quite tasty.

This recipe is inspired from the Oh She Glows cookbook.
Makes about 3-4 servings.


  • 9-12 ounces uncooked pasta (like penne, spaghetti, fettucine)
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (or a pinch of dried basil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 tomato, diced (or any other fresh veggies)
  • Top with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese


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Photo by Kelly Duval


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water for 10-12 minutes (according to the package instructions).
  • In a food processor, combine the avocado, basil, garlic, lemon juice and oil. If the sauce seems too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water. If the blender doesn’t fully smooth the mixture, spoon it out and mash it with a fork. Add salt and pepper.
  • Drain pasta and put back in the pot or in a large bowl. Mix in the sauce.
  • Serve as is or with optional toppings and enjoy!

About Kelly Duval

Born in Montreal, Kelly is a recent English Literature and Creative Writing graduate. Perpetually dreaming of delicious food, searching for fluffy animals and hoarding notebooks.