Creamy avocado and rocket pasta

Creamy avocado and rocket pasta

If I ever became vegan for whatever reason, I know that the thing I’d miss most would be dairy. Eggs, I could quite happily live without. Meat, I already do live without. But I don’t often find vegan ways of creating creaminess all that inspiring. Blended tofu, processed nuts, soy-based dairy alternatives… none of these really light my fire. Avocado, on the other hand, totally does it for me. It’s a great vegan way of adding creaminess to a dish. I’m sure you’ve all seen avocado pasta before, but avocado and rocket pasta is far more flavourful – much better than pure creaminess without any real taste.

Creamy avocado and rocket pasta

As you can see from the haphazard way that the spaghetti is dolloped into the bowl, I’m not always the tidiest of people – but somehow I’m a perfectionist simultaneously. Growing up, my bedroom was always an absolute tip – it’s a bit embarrassing really. Just piles of stuff everywhere. Yet at the same time, my CDs and books were all alphabetised, and the clothes in my wardrobe were hung up in categories (actually these last few things are still true…). So although I wiped the edge of the bowl carefully for this picture to ensure there weren’t any stray flecks of green, the pasta itself is just a big mess. I never quite understand what goes on in my brain.

Creamy avocado and rocket pasta

Anyway, get on this one quickly while it’s still summer. I feel like such a British cliché because I seem to always be talking about the weather, but it’s chucking it down with rain today. Despite summer only having officially started a few days ago, it feels like autumn is just around the corner, so these fresh, summery recipes need to be made soon!

(PS. be aware that all of my posts for the next million years are going to include roasted garlic, ever since I wrote that post about how to make roasted garlic. I usually only roast a small amount at a time, but since I wanted a few bulbs roasted for the photo, I now have loads to use up. Sorry! If you don’t have any and don’t want to make any, just use raw garlic, but only use one small clove!)

Creamy avocado and rocket pasta
 
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Recipe type: Main meal
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 150g pasta
  • 1 clove garlic (or 2-3 cloves roasted garlic - see below)
  • 50g fresh rocket (arugula)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, blitz the garlic and rocket in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the avocado and lemon juice, and blitz again. If the mixture looks too dry, you might like to add a small amount of olive oil to moisten it. Season to taste.
  3. When the pasta is ready, drain it and add the sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, over a low heat for 5 minutes, until the sauce is heated through.

Click to find out how to make roasted garlic.

Comments

  1. says

    This was great! I made two slight adjustments: I added basil, because something in my brain always associates green pasta with basil pesto, and it wasn’t just right for me until I had that flavor in there. Secondly, as I’m not vegan, I topped it with a wee bit of fontina cheese.

    A great dish for everyone, vegans, veggies and omnivores! Even our dog was lurking around, hoping for a helping…and she’s picky about her pasta!

  2. says

    That’s a really good idea. I use it to make smoothies creamy, but not pasta. This would be great for Graham. of course I would finish mine with veggie parmesan.

    ps Ruth over at Makey-Cakey is hosting July’s Pasta Please. The theme is cheeseless pasta, why not link up once she announces it, this would be perfect.
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  3. says

    I lovee, love avocado with pasta and I think it’s one my favorite after olive oil and basil+garlic…i never tried mixing arugula with it though which I also love as well.
    Mouthwatering images, Becca….will have to make this very soon! Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!
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  4. says

    I love the look of your photos- do people actually arrange bowls of pasta so the noodles are all going in the same direction? Is that what you mean? (ohmygoodness)
    But yes, avocado lends such nice creaminess- I threw it in some black bean dip the other day and loved it! Will have to try this pasta, soon, too since…how can you go wrong with pasta, avo, and roasted garlic? You can’t :)

    P.S. Speaking of being British/talking about the weather, have you ever read the book “Watching the English”, by Kate Fox? Highly recommend it- talks about the weather speak and ‘rules’ of English society and culture. So fascinating! My Brit husband gave it to me as a gift when we were dating and wow did it explain a lot, haha.
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  5. says

    Love this! I just tried it and it was delicious. I actually made a lighter version because I added twice the pasta with the same amount of sauce…minus rocket I used baby greens…and it was still moist and creamy.

  6. Les says

    I made this last night. Slight variation: I added chopped spinach leaves – topped with freshly grated Parmesan. I think next time I’ll add another garlic clove (I didn’t roast them)… Or let the mixture age a little bit before using it. Quite tasty!

  7. Shirley says

    I really liked this recipe! I used spinach instead of arugula (couldn’t find any nearby) but am curious to see what it will taste like when i DO find some. I also used about 3 cloves of garlic instead of 1 but next time I’ll roast the garlic since the garlic is basically raw when you heat it up with the avocado blend…too strong!

  8. says

    I came to your blog to read up on SEO tips and I stuck around because your pictures are aaaaamazing!!! I just forwarded my hubs the avocado pasta recipe. WE are a tiny bit obsessed with avocado. Do you have a tutorial on how to take great images, too? I’m adding you to my list of blogs lady jane!!! Next, Im going to check out your stuff about helping me make money from my blog!
    Thanks for all your sharing and helpful tips!

  9. Laura says

    Hey,

    Many thanks for the recipe. It was amazingly tasty and I added some mushrooms, green onions, basil, oregano and jalapeno. The final thing was just incredible.

    L

  10. says

    Hi there, I just made this for dinner with brown rice fettucine as the pasta and it was so delicious. Its such a great recipe for the current season, Spring. Its very bright and flavorful and felt guilt free! Thank you!

  11. sabina says

    For anyone who doesn’t have a processor, I made this the lazy way last night.
    Dumped the avocado (and fetta, sorry not vegan) in the bowl, lemon juice, pepper, then a big handful of rocket, more lemon, then hot pasta on top and stir it all up. Bit of crunch is nice. Esp when you are a lazy cook like self. i’m going to do again with garlic and pine nuts……

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