Can comfort food be good for you? I say YES! This avocado pesto pasta is creamy, rich, and oh-so delicious. It’s perfect for quick dinner because it’s super simple and doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes to make.
If you aren’t sure about the taste of avocados, you should still give this avocado pesto pasta a try. If you’re like my husband, you might not even notice that the main ingredient in this pesto is actually an avocado, ha! However, he still prefers classic Basil Pesto with pine nuts.
This avocado pesto is basically a cross between a traditional pesto and guacamole. It’s delicious not only with pasta, but also as a sandwich spread, pizza topper, or as a dip with chips. One of my favorite combos is this pesto with oven-baked veggie chips.
While I think that avocados are an awesome food, it wasn’t always the case. Yes, I was definitely one of those people who believed that if I eat fat, I will gain fat. But the truth is quite the opposite – avocados are actually a weight loss friendly food because of their effect on satiety. According to a study, people who ate half an avocado with a meal felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next five hours than people who ate the same meal without the avocado. If that’s true, then including avocados in your diet could help you naturally consume fewer calories and avoid snacking.
I realize that fats have gotten a bad rep over the years. However, knowing which fats are harmful and which fats are healing is so important to good health. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats, which is the good kind of fat that provides all sorts of health benefits. And as if that wasn’t enough, avocados also boast high fiber content and good levels of protein. Not bad for this little fruit.
In this recipe, avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness without using any oil or dairy. This avocado pesto is incredibly rich, creamy, and satisfying. It definitely found a place in our house and I hope it will find in yours too.
If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it! I love hearing your feedback.