4.38 from 8 votes
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Creamy Avocado Pasta is a super healthy ,delicious and packed with hidden spinach which is a sneaky way to get kids to eat their leafy greens

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, avocado pasta, cold pasta salad, instant pot, pasta recipes, pasta salad, under 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: bhavana
Ingredients
measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 8 oz penne pasta ,i used semolina pasta (about 2.5-3 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large ripened avocado
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • chilli flakes for garnish
Instructions
How to Cook Pasta:
  1. Stove Top Method:Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions (about 10-12 minutes).

  2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain excess water and keep it aside.

  3. Instant Pot Method:Add dry pasta, water, salt to the Instant pot.Most of the pasta should be covered in the water. If it is not, add some more water. 

  4. Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 4 minutes.

  5. Using penne pasta in this recipe which has 10 minutes for cooking on stove top. So to cook on Instant Pot – Divide the cook time by half and minus one for al dente pasta.So its 4 minutes.For softer pasta do 6 minutes.

  6. When the instant pot beeps, Quick Release the pressure manually.Open the lid, drain if there is any extra water.

Make the Avocado Sauce:
  1. Put the avocado, lemon juice , oil ,garlic, spinach ,salt, pepper and water in to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.Start with 1/4 cup of pasta water and add more as needed to get the consistency you want.

Assemble: 
  1. Add the avocado sauce to the pot, and then mix until evenly coated and serve immediately. This pasta is best served within 2-3 hours it is made, as it uses avocados which will turn a brownish color.

  2. Sprinkle over some chilli flakes and top with parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.

 

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Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2.8g18%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 35.7g12%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 7.5g15%
Vitamin A 905IU18%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.