Refreshing No-Oil Avocado and Cashew Nut Pasta

There’s nothing better than a cold, refreshing dish in the hot summer months. This pasta dish is just that. Cooling, delicious, and completely filling. This oil-free, healthy, vegan avocado pasta is simple to make and can be made gluten-free with gluten-free pasta.

Fresh Avocados on trees
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Did I mention that we love Avocado? There are lots of health benefits to eating Avocados. This fruit is filling, tasty and will go with just about anything. Avocados are also nutritious because they are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as others, and provide omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.

But really? Avocado in Pasta?

Yes! Really! There are so many great avocado recipes online today because Avocado is a versatile fruit which works in so many dishes, from sweet to savoury, from breakfast to dinner. You name it, you can eat Avocado with it! You can eat Avocado on toast, ice cream, smoothies, pasta, salads and with curries, to name just a few. This avocado pasta recipe is no different, it’s super delicious and works well for lunch or dinner. You’ll want to make it all the time. If serving at dinner time it goes nicely with a side salad, fresh ciabatta or garlic bread right out of the oven.

I think the question most people have when starting off a vegan, vegetarian or plant-based diet, is what to cook with Avocado. Trust me, once you get in the habit of using this fruit you’ll easily be able to think you lots of idea for cooking with Avocado, not just those above.

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This Avocado recipe is:

  1. Easy and budget-friendly
  2. Refreshing and perfect for lunch on a warm, sunny afternoon. But you’ll want to make it any time of year, it’s that tasty!
  3. It takes minutes to make and doesn’t need that many ingredients. I know Avocados themselves can sometimes be a little expensive (depending on where you buy them from), but if you the buy the ‘ripen at home’ variety they are usually cheaper. This way the Avocados don’t go too ripe before you’ve had a chance to use them.
  4. Perfect as meal prep to be taken to work as it’s meant to be eaten cold.

Most of our recipes serve 2 as there’s only two of us, but you can just double the ingredients if you need to serve a family of four, five etc. It’s that simple.

Nutritional Yeast

Are you even vegan if you don’t like nutritional yeast (otherwise known as Nooch). We love to top pasta with this cheesy, slightly nutty topping made from inactive yeast. It can be easily bought in stores such as Holland and Barrett and Amazon. We like Whole Food Earth‘s nutritional yeast. It’s a great alternative to cheese and lasts for months in the cupboard.

Whole Food Earth Nutritional Yeast
Wholefood Earth: Nutritional Yeast Flakes

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The most refreshing and tastiest Avocado and Cashew nut vegan pasta recipe.

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time1 hr 10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time1 hr 25 mins

Ingredients
 1 handful fresh basil
 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
 Juice of 1 lime
 ¼ cup cold water
 100 g raw cashew nuts (not salted or roasted)
 1 large avocado
 150 g dry wholewheat spaghetti (or any other pasta you like)
 2 large tomatoes
 Salt and pepper to taste (start with a pinch of both)
 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional topping)

Method
1

You'll only need to do a little bit of prep with this recipe. First, soak the cashew nuts in boiling water for about an hour, then drain ready to use.

2

Cook the wholewheat spaghetti pasta to the pack's instructions while the cashew nuts are soaking, and leave to drain. A good trick is to run the spaghetti pasta under a little cold water so it won't stick when dry.

3

Blitz the avocado, cashew nuts, basil, water, lime juice, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until well blended and smooth. The texture will be very thick, so you may have to scrape down the sides a couple of times.

4

Chop the tomatoes into chunks and roughly chop the spinach (leaving a couple of pieces for garnish).

5

Stir the avocado sauce, chopped spinach and tomato well into the spaghetti pasta. Garnish with the leftover spinach and you're ready to enjoy.

6

We like to top ours with some Wholefood Earth Nutritional Yeast Flakes for extra tastiness and B12, but this is optional.

7

You could pair this cold spaghetti dish with a side salad or with some freshly baked ciabatta or garlic bread.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 handful fresh basil
 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
 Juice of 1 lime
 ¼ cup cold water
 100 g raw cashew nuts (not salted or roasted)
 1 large avocado
 150 g dry wholewheat spaghetti (or any other pasta you like)
 2 large tomatoes
 Salt and pepper to taste (start with a pinch of both)
 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional topping)

Directions

Method
1

You'll only need to do a little bit of prep with this recipe. First, soak the cashew nuts in boiling water for about an hour, then drain ready to use.

2

Cook the wholewheat spaghetti pasta to the pack's instructions while the cashew nuts are soaking, and leave to drain. A good trick is to run the spaghetti pasta under a little cold water so it won't stick when dry.

3

Blitz the avocado, cashew nuts, basil, water, lime juice, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until well blended and smooth. The texture will be very thick, so you may have to scrape down the sides a couple of times.

4

Chop the tomatoes into chunks and roughly chop the spinach (leaving a couple of pieces for garnish).

5

Stir the avocado sauce, chopped spinach and tomato well into the spaghetti pasta. Garnish with the leftover spinach and you're ready to enjoy.

6

We like to top ours with some Wholefood Earth Nutritional Yeast Flakes for extra tastiness and B12, but this is optional.

7

You could pair this cold spaghetti dish with a side salad or with some freshly baked ciabatta or garlic bread.

The MOST Refreshing No-Oil Cold Avocado & Cashew Pasta

We like to enjoy in the garden when the weather allows for it, but the choice is yours. Either way, enjoy!

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