Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans. This 20 Minute Creamy Avocado Basil Sauce is great over spaghetti or zoodles. Serve with smoky spicy pecans for amazing flavor.  #Vegan #Soyfree #Recipe. Can be #nutfree. #veganricha | VeganRicha.com
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Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans

Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans. This 20 Minute Creamy Avocado Basil Sauce is great over spaghetti or zoodles. Serve with smoky spicy pecans for amazing flavor.  Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be nutfree. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Servings: 3
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta such as spaghetti
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 small clove of garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup packed basil , plus additional for garnish
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • black pepper or cayenne
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon divided

Smoky Pecans:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta/spaghetti according to package instructions, Drain.  
  • Blend the avocado with the rest of the ingredients and zest of quarter of a lemon. add more water as needed. Taste and adjust flavor.
  • Make the smoky pecans (or use smoky tempeh , see notes): You can Bake or cook on the stove top: Add oil to the pecans and mix well. Add the spices, mix to coat and bake at 325 degrees F for for 15-20 minutes.
    Skillet: Add pecans and oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 4 mins,, stir occasionally to roast. Add the spices and salt and mix in. Cook for half a minute.
  • Mix the avocado sauce and pasta. Garnish with the smoky pecans, chopped basil, remaining lemon zest and serve.

Notes

To make Smoky Tempeh crumbles: Steam the team for 10 mins, then crumble into pieces. Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add rumbled tempeh and cook to brown some edges. Add the spices and toss to coat (add more of all spices depending on the amount of tempeh). Add a tsp of maple syrup and a few drops of lime juice and mix well. Taste and adjust salt, flavor. 
 
Nutrition is 1 of 3 serves

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 10.9mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg