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Delicious Healthy Avocado Pasta Recipe

At first glance you might think we're pulling a fast one on you—doing some weird mashup of guacamole and pasta—but fear not, this is a winner waiting to happen. Delicious, creamy (with no milk or cream!), and healthy. Makes a great side dish, or top with grilled chicken for a complete meal. Pairs well with grilled chicken, grilled or baked pork chops, baked or sauteed fish, or boiled shrimp.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 - 8

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Whole and half avocados arranged on a purple table.
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Whole and half avocados arranged on a purple table.
06/23/2021
Avocado consumption can improve artery function, but what effect might guacamole have on cancer risk? In my last video about avocados, The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced... read more
closeup on 3 avocados in moody light
04/07/2015
At first glance you might think we're pulling a fast one on you—doing some weird mashup of guacamole and pasta—but fear not, this is a winner waiting to happen. Delicious, creamy (with no milk... read more