Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta with Crispy Kale

Velvety avocado pesto pasta with crispy kale is a rewarding, incredibly flavourful, simple, and wholesome vegan supper. Naturally dairy-free!

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We consume a great deal of pasta and avocados in our home, however I had actually never ever believed to integrate them till just recently. Ends up they play truly good together! This velvety avocado pesto pasta has great deals of fresh basil, garlic, and lemon. We top it with crispy fragments of roasted kale and a little spray of homemade vegan “parmesan.”

I utilized a lentil-based pasta to bring some fast plant-based protein into the image. Considering that we’re utilizing avocados as the base of our sauce, it gets additional velvety with a fast whizz of the food mill. This meal truly is incredibly hearty and rewarding. Half of an avocado has almost a quarter of your everyday suggested fiber together with all of those satisfying healthy fats. Mix that up with the pasta and you have some deeply strengthening goodness to get you through these last couple weeks of winter season. I’m informing you, fiber is the coolest;-RRB-

This dish likewise comes together quick! That’s not a thing I get to extol really typically with my dishes since I typically delight in being additional lol. The food mill brings our incredibly velvety and flavourful sauce together while the pasta and kale formulate genuine fast. If you pre-chop your kale when you get it home from the shop and your avocados are completely ripe, you’re midway there truthfully.

Hope you offer this velvety avocado pesto pasta a shot. Its beautiful brilliant green colour has me truly imagining spring and warmer days.

An overhead shot of crispy roasted kale on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.Avocado-based pesto sauce being mixed inside the bowl of a food processor.An overhead shot of avocado pesto pasta being stirred in a white pot.An overhead shot of avocado pesto pasta in a dark green bowl with a yellow linen nearby. The pasta is garnished with crispy pieces of kale.

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta with Crispy Kale

Velvety avocado pesto pasta with crispy kale is a rewarding, incredibly flavourful, simple, and wholesome vegan supper. Naturally dairy-free and gluten-free!

PREPARATION TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes OVERALL TIME 50 minutes

Course Main Dish, Side Meal Diet Plan Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 4

Author: Laura Wright


  • Food Mill

Active Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, gently jam-packed
  • 1/4 cup shelled roasted & salted pistachios
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mellow/light miso
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dietary yeast, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, divided
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups sliced kale, gently jam-packed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 340 grams 12 ounces brief pasta of option
  • Vegan “parmesan”, for serving (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a big baking sheet with parchment and reserved.
  • Cut the avocados in half, eliminate the pit, and spoon the flesh into a food mill fitted with the “S” blade. To the food mill, likewise include the following: basil, pistachios, garlic, lemon juice, miso, 2 tablespoons of the dietary yeast, 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of the onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pulse the avocado mix till you have a thick and smooth paste, stopping the maker and scraping down the sides with a spatula as required. If you require to include a tablespoon or 2 of water to get it going, that’s fine. We’ll be including pasta cooking water to the completed meal to loosen up things up later on. Change the sauce for flavoring if required and reserved.
  • On the ready flat pan, integrate the kale, avocado oil, staying dietary yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and some salt and pepper. Massage the kale and toss to integrate and equally coat in the flavoring. Organize the kale in a single layer and bake till crispy on the edges and darkened, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Prepare the pasta according to package instructions in well-salted water, booking 1 cup of pasta cooking water prior to draining pipes. Drain pipes the pasta and return it to the pot. Include the velvety avocado pesto sauce and stir, including pasta cooking water as required to chill out the sauce and attain a velvety, somewhat fluid consistency. It must feel and look like green mac and cheese! Taste the pasta and change the flavoring to your taste.
  • Serve the pasta hot with little stacks of the crispy kale on top. Include vegan parmesan if you like!


  • The avocado pesto sauce will appear practically too thick right out of the food mill! You’ll be including the starchy pasta cooking water to it as you blend it with the pasta. All will be velvety and dreamy when you’re done.
  • I utilized a lentil-based pasta to up the protein and make this a total meal.
  • Yes, there is fresh garlic and garlic powder in the avocado pesto sauce! They contribute various things. Fresh garlic is pungent and strong while the powder includes depth of flavour and umami to the sauce.

An overhead shot of avocado pesto pasta in a dark green bowl with a yellow linen nearby. The pasta is garnished with crispy pieces of kale.

Program Conceal 26 remarks.

  • Tracey

    Hey There Laura:

    Do you have any pointers for selecting avocados? I have actually been dissatisfied recently when i cut into what appears like a completely ripe avocado. I typically will utilize for a healthy smoothie however was simply questioning your idea? Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Tracey!
      A ripe avocado will have a dark (brownish-black), somewhat pebbled looking skin that is a little tender/has offer when you press on it carefully with your finger. The stem of a ripe avocado will likewise come off with very little pressure. If the stem is unyielding, the outside feels hard, and the skin is green, it’s not all set. I choose purchasing avocados that have green skin and letting them ripen on my counter vs. looking for currently ripe ones at the shop. Hope this is useful!
      – L Reply

  • Jana

    I sooooo miss your old site style … I truly do not suggest to be disrespectful or unkind, however this brand-new one simply isn’t as fitting as the one you had previously. It feels too tidy cut and generic … I enjoy all your dishes as constantly however, and your photography is constantly so incredible. However I do kinda flinch each time I see the brand-new First Mess heading Reply

    • Tanya

      It’s not really kind or required to state that you flinch at Laura’s brand-new First Mess heading. Reply

    • Michelle

      Actually nobody asked you! Reply

    • RenĂ©e

      Outstanding! Quick, yummy, healthy– what’s not to enjoy? I will make this once again quickly. Reply

    • Nicole

      I in fact believe this site is a lot cleaner and easy to use! Reply

      • Mary Ann

        Definitely devine !! Besides utilizing an air fryer for the kale chips, I followed the dish to the letter. Whatever came together like a dream, and the pesto was velvety, fresh, plentiful, and tasty. My spouse and I were actually licking our plates tidy. A certain keeper!!!

  • Marissa

    Hi there! Can’t wait to attempt this– any suggestions for a lentil-based pasta that you like? Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Marissa,
      I enjoy Chickapea brand name in addition to the lentil “sedanini” readily available at Trader Joe’s! Barilla makes an actually good chickpea casarecce also (if you consume chickpeas).
      – L Reply

  • Kavita

    Hi Laura! This looks tasty. Is it possible to replace the miso with something else? Would soy sauce or tamari work? Reply

    • Laura

      Hey Kavita! Yes, an excellent dash of tamari would be best:-RRB-
      – L Reply

  • Elizabeth

    How would leftovers fare do you believe? I ‘d enjoy to make this as meal preparation however avocados offer me stop briefly. Thank you for all you do! Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Elizabeth! I do not believe I can suggest this one as a meal preparation alternative in great conscience. The avocado pesto sauce would most likely go off in colour and I believe it might thicken up a bit excessive also. This one is finest taken pleasure in immediately. Love this concern though! It will be useful for a great deal of individuals:-RRB-
      – L Reply

      • Elizabeth

        Thanks for verifying my impulse– will certainly be attempting this one fresh!

  • Jill

    Hey There Laura, This looks incredible! You need to have noticed I was yearning pasta (which is uncommon– I understand!) Nevertheless, my concern remains in regard to the kale. I have actually made kale chips a couple of times and they have actually just ended up great when. They have actually been flat and oily tasting– I tossed them. It’s so basic that I can’t envision what I may be doing incorrect. Any tips? Thanks! Reply

    • Laura

      Hi Jill! The most crucial thing with kale chips is to bake them in a single layer on a big baking sheet. Each leaf requires to have a little area so that the oil can appropriately crisp up the edges (and not steam and sit into some soggy/oily folds). Kale chips likewise crisp up substantially when you have actually taken them out of the oven– typically after about 10 minutes of cooling. Hope this is useful!
      – L Reply

      • Jill

        Thanks, L! I’m going to attempt it once again and keep your pointers in mind. It’s going to be cool and rainy (thank goodness!) in SoCal next week and this pasta will be best for spring-ish rain.

  • Dorothy D. Piper

    Looks delicious! I am really delighted to attempt this in your home. Reply

  • Stephanie

    Simply made this dish and it resembles a taste surge in my mouth! Love love enjoy it therefore far, all your dishes. Thanks for the terrific website, stunning photography and incredible dishes. BTW: I discover this website incredibly simple friendly and enjoy the format of your blog sites (I style and construct websites for customers and would not alter a thing on yours). Cheers! Reply

  • Alex

    Made this tonight, it was amaaaazing. A brand-new routine! Thank you x Reply

  • Leslie

    Little avocado idea, if you position avocado in paper bag with apple, it will accelerate ripening. Typically I simulate Laura and simply leave on counter till it turns dark. Cool when it appears it’s softened if not utilizing immediately. Reply

  • Smadar

    Hey There Laura, if you needed to replace the pistachios which nuts or seeds would you utilize? Thanks Reply

    • Laura

      Hey There Smadar!
      I would utilize any of the following, and even a mix: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, cashews, or chopped almonds.
      – L Reply

  • Ragga

    Sososo freaking goood!!! Shows when again how incredibly yummy vegan food can be. Thank you Reply

  • Sav

    5 stars
    Thank you once again, Laura! I could not even complete my meal without leaving a remark about how tasty this is! I am consumed with consuming kale in this manner and had actually never ever believed to integrate it into pasta. And do not even get me begun on the avocado usage * chef’s kiss! * I likewise wished to state that I did not have access to a food mill or mixer, so I simply carefully sliced the basil/garlic and smashed the pistachios in a bag prior to including them to the mix. I make sure it’ll be even much better with the correct devices however this definitely worked for anybody who does not have access to it! So tasty Reply

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