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Easy Avocado Pesto Pasta (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This avocado pesto pasta is deliciously creamy dairy-free pasta that’s made with avocado, arugula, basil, nutritional yeast, and gluten-free pasta.


Units Scale
  • 8 oz gluten-free (or grain-free) pasta
  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
  • Juice half lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. Boil the pasta as directed, and set aside about 1/3 cup of pasta water. Cook until al dente and strain.
  2. To make the pesto, add the avocado, arugula, basil, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, and pasta water to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the pesto to the cooked pasta and toss to thoroughly coat.
  4. Serve topped with additional fresh basil to taste.


Omit the nutritional yeast if desired for a less cheesy flavor. You can also use parmesan if tolerated.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 179
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.1g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Protein: 3.5g

Keywords: avocado pesto