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Spinach Avocado Pasta | Mackin' Cheese

Spinach Avocado Pasta

Spinach Avocado Pasta

It almost feels like I’m cheating when I make something so simple, yet so good. Like… it shouldn’t be this easy. Have you ever gotten an assignment or an exam that was so easy that you thought it must be a joke? Like the teacher was going to snatch it back with a malicious laugh and pass out an absurdly challenging assignment? I usually think I’m doing something wrong if something seems that simple…

This spinach avocado pasta? It IS that simple. You can’t mess it up. Okay, maybe you could, but then I might have to reconsider our friendship. Just kidding, I will cook it for you.

The most time-consuming step of spinach avocado pasta is cooking the pasta. I kid you not.

Spinach Avocado Pasta

Sautee a little bit of spinach (and jalapeño!) until it’s wilted, then toss it in a food processor or blender with the rest of the ingredients. Aaaaaand now you’re done.

It’s creamy but light. Green and tasty. Has a little zing of lemon and red pepper flakes It would be awesome on the side of chicken, but I thought it was filling enough on its own!

Some people call it an avocado carbonara, or a vegan carbonara, but I just call it wonderful. Who knew spinach avocado pasta would be so great!

Spinach Avocado Pasta

Spinach Avocado Pasta

Serves: 2

Spinach Avocado Pasta


6 oz pasta (enough for 2 people)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 big handful of spinach
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)
1 avocado
juice from half a lemon
pinch of red pepper flakes
lemon zest, to garnish
salt and pepper, to taste


Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Add the olive oil to a small skillet over medium heat, and cook the spinach, garlic, and jalapeño until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.

In a food processor, combine the spinach mixture with the avocado, lemon, salt and pepper, and pulse until smooth. Toss with the cooked pasta, and serve with lemon zest and fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy!


Adapted from: Hot Pot Cooking


9 Thoughts on “Spinach Avocado Pasta

  1. Yummy looking!
    Found you through this gal cooks 🙂

  2. I’m sure this is delicious! It looks amazing… Thanks so much for coming to (link) party with me… I hope you’ll come again next week to Super Saturday Show & Tell! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

  3. This looks delicious! I think I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow… yummm! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Sounds (and looks!) delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks great and I love the name of your blog 🙂 Thanks for sharing these at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

  6. Krista on July 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm said:

    This looks amazing! I’d like to try it. Do you have any suggestions, however, for those of without a food processor?

  7. This IS amazing! Just tried it for dinner, thanks for sharing!

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