Avocado Pesto Linguine

Sometimes I feel like traditional basil pesto can be a little too strong… too flavorful… maybe too herbish? What I love about this dish is the way the creamy avocado blended with the traditional pesto ingredients softens that basil a bit. This pasta is still full of flavor, just very nicely balanced. The pine nuts give a nice crunch, while the lemon and lime brighten everything up.

Avocado Pesto Linguine

Avocado Pesto Linguine Ingredients

And how healthy is this? So many green and fresh ingredients in one simple recipe.

Avocado Pesto Linguine Ingredients

If you buy your pine nuts raw, be sure to give them a little toast to release their natural oils and enhance the taste.

Avocado Pesto Linguine Pine Nuts

While my pasta was cooking, I used my mini-food processor to pulse together the creamy avocado basil. No chopping at all. So easy!

Basil Pesto

Freshly grated parmesan cheese is a must. I love using my microplane for this.

Parmesan Cheese

Make this recipe to suit your own tastes. Try adding grilled chicken, bacon, or roasted cherry tomatoes.

Avocado Pesto Linguine
  • 16 ounces linguine
  • 4 avocados
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (divided)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Boil linguine according to directions in well salted water.
  2. In a food processor or blender, pulse avocados, garlic, basil, olive oil, lime juice, lemon juice, salt, and 1/4 cup of the pine nuts until smooth.
  3. Toss the pesto with the linguine and mix well.
  4. Mix in the parmesan cheese.
  5. Garnish with remaining pine nuts.
Adapted from Give Me Lemons

Avocado Pesto Linguine


  1. says

    This healthier take on pesto looks delicious! I love pesto, but we don’t eat it that often because most recipes use so much olive oil. But I love that you found a way to make it a bit healthier, while still keeping the creaminess. And I also agree that too much basil can be overwhelming!

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