A plate of Avocado Pesto Cavatelli Pasta.

Avocado Pesto Pasta Recipe

Green is my favorite color, but that’s not all that I love about this Avocado Pesto Cavatelli Pasta Recipe. Creamy, colorful, and healthy, this cavatelli recipe is a perfect addition to your pasta sauce repertoire.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian Italian
Keyword avocado pest pasta, avocado pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 625kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 pound cavatelli pasta I use half of my homemade cavatelli recipe
  • 1-2 cups reserved pasta water or to desired consistency

Avocado Pesto Sauce:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup spinach leaves fresh
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch basil fresh
  • 1/2 cup walnuts lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • Pecorino Romano cheese to taste
  • garnish with fresh basil leaves optional


  • Over high heat, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. 
  • While waiting for the water to boil, make the avocado pesto sauce by adding all the ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until mixture is smooth. Transfer to a large skillet set over low heat.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente or to desired  consistency. 
  • Add pasta water to the avocado pesto sauce in order to obtain desired consistency.
  • Combine the sauce and the pasta.
  • Top with extra cheese and a drizzle of olive oil, if using.
  • Serve immediately.


Any pasta can be used with this sauce. 
This sauce is at its best the day it is made as it quickly turns brown because of the avocado.
1 serving = 1 1/2 cups
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*adapted from Eating Well


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2.5mg