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Avocado Pesto Penne

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 3


  • 3/4 C. fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • 1/4 C. roasted cashews
  • 1/4 t. lemon pepper
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. Kosher salt
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/2 lb. penne pasta
  • 1/4 C. reserved pasta water


  1. Bring water for pasta to a boil.
  2. In a food processor, combine basil, garlic, cashews, salt, pepper, lemon pepper. Gradually stream in olive oil until pesto forms.
  3. Add avocado and juice of half of a lemon into the food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, but reserve 1/4 C. pasta water.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine water, pasta and pesto, stirring until pasta is fully coated.
  6. Serve immediately and #enJOY!

Recipe Notes

Pictured served with grilled chicken.

Naturally dairy-free and vegan (without chicken).