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Pasta with pesto sauce in a bowl with cherry tomatoes
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Avocado Pesto Pasta with Hemp Seeds

This pesto is free of gluten and dairy but full of nutrition! This avocado pesto can be enjoyed liberally over pasta, on sandwiches or as a dip for veggies. The ripe avocado lends it’s smooth and creamy texture to this healthy pesto and it’s complimented with fresh lemon, hemp seeds and crushed garlic. You’ll end up with a light, yet nutritionally satisfying pesto pasta everyone will enjoy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, easychili, Healthy, pesto
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 398kcal

Ingredients

For the pesto:

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. fresh
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For the pasta:

  • 1 lb. angle hair or spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water

Instructions

  • Boil water for pasta and follow package directions. Be sure to reserve some of your pasta water - this is helpful for a creamy pasta with this pesto! After you drain the pasta, toss the olive oil in the pasta so it doesn't get sticky and add a pinch of salt on top, set aside. 
  • In a food processor or powerful blender, mix all ingredients for pesto together until smooth. Adjust olive oil and seasonings to your preference/smoothness desired.
  • Add in the pasta water to the pasta, mix in the pesto until noodles are coated well, garnish with tomatoes and enjoy!

Notes

Pine nuts or pistachios may be substituted for walnuts.
1/4 cup Nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese can be added to this recipe. You may need to add a Tbsp. or so of water to get proper consistency if you add either of these ingredients in. 
 
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 398kcal