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Ok, I have a confession.

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Sometimes when I cook, I totally know what I am doing. I have an idea in my head and a plan to execute it. This is great and things go smoothly.

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But then there are the times, when I am so indecisive. It’s like I am a chicken running around with its head cut off. Except I have a very sharp, very large knife in my hand.

Yeah, this is scary. My face gets all red and things are just a mess.

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You know what though, when I do not know what the heck I am trying to make is when some of my best recipes are born.

Sure, it is chaotic and I make a HUGE mess and I create a whole lot of dishes for me to wash (which if you are wondering, the combination of hot soapy water and winter does not do well for my hands). And yeah, some of them do not turn out. But the ones that do, tend to be my most creative. Which = deliciousness!

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So, here is the story of the pasta.

Basically, I was just going back and forth about what I wanted to make. I had a million ideas and just could not decide on one. Finally I decided. A tomato based italian pasta. Yeah, tomatoes. Not avocados.

So literally in the middle of adding parsley and olives to the pan filled with tomatoes I decided I did not want to make this. I suddenly had this idea brewing for avocado pasta. Then I remembered the the wedge of mediterranean gouda (gouda cheese with mediterranean herbs) sitting in my fridge.

And then I put the two together and made something awesome.

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Guys, this is so easy, so simple, and so good. If you don’t have gouda cheese swap in parmesan that would be awesome too! You could even make this vegan by skipping the cheese, but we are not vegans and the cheese adds awesome flavor and creaminess. What can I say, we really like cheese.

And avocados. Obviously.

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Creamy Avocado and Gouda Cheese Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 463 kcal

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  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 2 medium size ripe avocado's pitted and removed from skins
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup milk or plain almond milk I used skim milk
  • 3/4 cup mediterranean gouda or gouda cheese finely shredded or grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes for serving (optional)


  • Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add your pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve a large coffee cup of the pasta water before draining. (Note that the pasta does not continue to cook in the sauce, so cook until desired doneness)
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic and lemon juice into a food processor. Process until smooth. Make sure there are no longer any chunks of avocado, and then add the milk and process again until smooth. Add in the basil, cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy and you no longer see any cheese shreds. You want the sauce to be as smooth as possible.
  • When pasta is done cooking (don't forget to reserve some of the cooking water), drain in a strainer and place the pasta into a large serving bowl. Pour on the sauce, add toasted pine nuts and toss until fully combined. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce a bit. Garnish with fresh basil, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper. Serve immediately.

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    1. Hi Karla,
      You could use a blender or just mix well by hand. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. This was a delightful. I didn’t have basil or pine nuts on hand, I used Asiago cheese, I will be making this again. I was surprised the avocado didn’t turn black. Thank you

  2. I used sunflower seeds and pine nuts and it worked great. Makes a really tasty pasta and leftover sauce was used as dip.

  3. LOVE. This recipe was so delicious, I couldn’t get enough. The local grocery store didn’t have fresh basil so I had to use basil from a spice jar. Was still amazing.

    Thank you!

  4. Amazing recipe! I am a lover of both avocado and pasta and I really enjoy taking risks in the kitchen. This recipe satisfied all of those tendencies! The only thing I’m worried about is how long it will keep???

    1. So happy you loved this, Lauren!! The only bad thing about the recipe is that the sauce does turn a not so pretty color after a day or so. It taste good, but is not all that pretty anymore. Bummer I know!

      Thanks so much for making this and again, I am so happy you loved it!

  5. I’ve made this 2x…this is great. I think Parm cheese would be a great sub for Gouda, but it sure is fun using the Gouda, and oh so tasty, too. Very easy, very good. Bonus, my 2 and 5 year old kids both ate it willingly, hooray!

    I am new to your site but I have so many things bookmarked to try…your pictures are awesome! Thanks!

    1. WOW! Thank you! I am so glad you guys loved this and thank you so much for reading and giving my recipes are try! I love comments like yours!

  6. Oh this really does look so good!

    I would love for you to link it up at Empty Your Archive link party – there is a special focus this week on fabulous pasta recipes, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  7. OMG!!! I just made this recipe and it was terrific!
    I love avocados but I’ve never have them hot or cooked in any way.
    This is one of the most delicious pasta sauces I’ve ever tried.
    I didn’t have the exact same ingredients but dried basil and regular nuts did the trick.
    I’m gonna make it again with fresh basil, I bet that would make it even more wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing. I have it in mi Pinterest food board already!

  8. I love pasta and I love avocados, but I have never had the two together before! Where have I been?? I’m going to make this tonight since I have all the ingredients and can’t wait to try it.

  9. Yum. This looks super delicious. I am eager to serve this to my family. We will love it.

  10. This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. My family loves pasta dishes, avocado and cheese so it is a winner.

  11. This looks so rich and delicious! I love avocado!

    Found you at What’s Cooking with Ruthie!

  12. This looks AMAZING! Definitely going on my menu for this week! I wouldn’t have thought to add gouda to the avocado sauce… looking forward to trying this!

  13. I have everything except the cheese and I will
    get it tomorrow.. thanks so much for sharing this.
    Looks like my kind of food!

  14. This looks absolutely WONDERFUL! You pretty much had me at “avocado” lol! What an interesting combination, but I bet it totally works!!!

    I would love it if you would come share this on my new Link Party…the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! (Ole!)

    Here is the link if you’re interested in stopping by!

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Hope you have a great evening! =D

  15. I love this esp now that avocado is in season! Can’t wait to try! Got you from Simple Living and Eating Foodie Friday link party. Just pinned this!

  16. oh my god! why did i never think of avocado pasta? what a dope. it sounds delicious i’ll be making it friday night!

  17. I was just wondering what the leftovers looked like (if there were any because I would eat all of it!!) Did the avocado go brown in the fridge afterwards?

    1. Yes! It did go brown, but it still tasted amazing! I would recommend this pasta be eaten right away, other wise it is just not pretty and people eat with their eyes first!

  18. You don’t have any nutritional facts on this do you? I was just wanted to see how healthy 🙂 Looks awesome!!

    1. You could enter the recipe in a calculator like to get an idea of nutritional content.

  19. This is a combination I would not have come up with but it looks fantastic. Plus it is a quick recipe. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love avocado! This is like a “fancy” mac and cheese but so much better with the avocado. I am pinning this now! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  21. Oh This looks Amazing! I love pasta of any kind! This is going on my must make list. Thanks for Sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  22. SO gorgeous and looks delicious! I love pasta. I love avocados. And, as everyone knows, I am addicted to cheese. lol Found you at the “Marvelous Mondays” link up! 🙂 – Claire

  23. I think it’s funny that at every link party, somehow your recipes are one of the few I click on to visit! No matter what I always end up at the one you share. Love the photography and the food ideas. Keep it up.

  24. 2 of my favorites brought together…avocado and pasta! This looks so creamy and delish! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon.

  25. I’ve been wanting to try avocado pasta for awhile and this recipe looks like the one to try! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  26. I find my best successes come from HUGE messes. It makes it more fun, lol. This pasta? Amazeballs. Totally would inhale it!

  27. Mm gouda and avocado! I bet this pasta was creamy and dreamy. This is happening in my house soon!

  28. I do not know what gouda cheese is, but this dish looks delicious. I could parmesan cheese though.

    1. Yes you can use Parmesans that is what I used, it was so delicious. my son made a ground beef, mushroom, spinach and two cheese pie for brunch and I used some of the leftover sauce for the pie and it was awesome I also used the creamy avocado sauce for a side dressing for salads

      1. Ya!! So glad you guys liked this Sarah!! What a good idea to use the creamy avocado sauce as a dressing!! So delicious!! Thanks for giving it a try!