Pesto is a classic recipe that will never go out of style, which is not surprising since it’s easy, quick, affordable, and very tasty and this Amazing Avocado Pesto is no different. This amazing pesto sauce is commonly eaten with pasta, but you can use it in sandwiches, potato dishes, on grilled veggies and many others.
A traditional pesto recipe uses basil leaves, garlic, nuts (usually pine nuts -- which are extremely expensive), olive oil and parmesan. This recipe, however, has a few plant-based twists... We skipped the parmesan and added a few tasty additions like the avocado, cumin, and pistachios.
We believe any reason to add avocado to your dishes is a very welcomed addition. Not only is avocado delicious, but it’s also full of omega 3 healthy fats and contains many essential vitamins and minerals. As if these benefits were not enough, avocados are also packed with fiber, which makes them a pretty perfect food.
The addition of avocado not only makes this pesto healthier but also makes it so much creamier. You can use this avocado pesto as a sauce on some (egg-free) fettuccine, drizzled over baked potatoes, as a dressing for quick quinoa dish or as a spread for our favorite tofu pesto sandwich. Here's also a great Guide to Avocado if you want to learn more about this healthy fat!
Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!
1) Begin by cooking the pasta in a medium pot over medium-high heat, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
2) Then, while the pasta cooks, add the pistachios to the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until the nuts are broken down.
3) Add the avocados, basil, garlic, cumin to the bowl of the processor and wiz it on high. While the pesto is forming, slowly add the oil to the mix. Stop and scrape down the sides and taste. Add any salt or pepper at this time.
4) Drain your pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta and pesto to a large mixing bowl and toss around. Use the pasta water to thin out the pesto. A drizzle of fresh lemon juice, a little more salt and pepper to top it off.
One of the great things about this vegan pesto sauce is that you can incorporate it into so many different meals!
Breakfast: Put the pesto on a bagel or you could also add it to toast for a delicious avocado pesto toast.
Snack: Add this pesto as a dip to your veggie plate or vegan charcuterie board.
Unfortunately, this avocado pesto cannot be stored for long, but it should be fine if you store it in the refrigerator for one or two days. The flavor should still be on point, but it may be a little brown (and that’s okay!).
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
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