Avocado Pesto Pasta

VegNews featured this recipe for Avocado Pesto Pasta a few weeks ago. When I clicked through it, I saw the chef behind the recipe masterpiece is one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe Coscarelli. She makes such decadent vegan recipes and takes head-turning photos of them. I knew it was a dish I had to make. Click here for the full recipe.

I started off by boiling a pack of whole wheat spaghetti.

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Then combined the pesto ingredients into the Vitamix. The only swap I made was using walnuts in place of pine nuts. Did you know walnuts have the highest antioxidants out of all the nuts? Woot! The neon green blob in the Vitamix was a sight to see. I think this would be a fun meal to make with kids, since they usually like avocados, as well as neon green goop. I scooped it onto my pasta and mixed it all together so each noodle could get a creamy green coating.

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This recipe is not for the calorie counter or Weight Watcher, but I’m far from a calorie counter. I was totally satisfied with a small serving of this, alongside a green salad, since the wham-bam combo of heart-healthy fats from the avocado, olive oil and walnuts (along with an antioxidant punch from fresh basil) are filling and insanely good for your heart. So don’t fear the fat. Embrace it, green goodness and all.

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I sprinkled on some chopped sun dried tomatoes. Love this addition. I need to cook with sun dried tomatoes more.

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Have you heard of wasabi arugula? It’s new at Trader Joes and tastes just like spicy wasabi! It’s a variety of arugula I had never heard of…have you?

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It’s easy being green.

4 Comments

  1. Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to make this! Looks amazing : )

  2. Posted May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I would NEVER have thought to do this w/ Pasta! Thannks for a great idea. I can see how it would be filling, and good for you- obviously one wouldn’t have a massive bowl of this 🙂 But we all know how good avocados are for us…I think this one might even be a hit with kids. Yay!

  3. Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I am doing a cookbook challenge to cook every recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen.
    Hope you don’t mind that I added your post to my blog page under “Others who made it”.
    http://eileenlikestoeat.com/2013/05/09/cookbook-challenge-chloes-kitchen-avocado-pesto-pasta-vegan/

  4. ewjanel
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Love that challenge idea! Thanks for the heads up.

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