Avocado Pesto Pasta

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Creamy avocado pesto sauce drizzles over a bed of low carb noodles. This keto basil pesto pasta dish is an easy lunch you can make in a snap with avocados.

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Avocado Pesto Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 avocado

Keto Pasta Ingredients

  • 9 oz hearts of palm noodles or zucchini noodles
  • 1 cup shredded chicken, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Avocado Pesto Pasta Directions

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Keto Avocado Pesto Pasta Recipe

a bowl of pasta with lemon and avocado near

Having a wholesome quick lunch is easier than you think. This creamy avocado pesto pasta is your solution to Italian food cravings on a low carb diet and a simple keto lunch you can make in a snap. Simply add your fresh pesto ingredients to a food processor. Add some avocado to make this pesto creamy and smooth. Then pour over your favorite low carb noodles.

Avocado pesto pasta can be prepped up ahead of time to make packing lunch for work or home easy with little effort. Italian flavors of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts are combined with avocado to make the ultimate noodle dish for any meal.

creamy pesto mixed into keto noodles

Avocado Pesto

Traditionally pesto is made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and some parmesan cheese. In this low carb recipe, we add a half an avocado to make this mixture creamy and thick. It provides the perfect based to stick to your favorite keto noodle. Using avocado is the perfect match. Not only does it add flavor to your pesto, but it adds fat, fiber and lots of vitamins.

blended avocado pesto sauce in a food processor

Are Avocados Keto?

Yes, avocados are keto approved. Avocados are a fruit you can feel free to eat on the keto diet. They are filled with healthy fats, specifically monounsaturated fatty acids. They contain lots of fiber, so while their total carb count may seem high, they are actually quite low in net carbs. There is about 1.8 grams net carbs per 100 grams of avocado.

Avocados also offer more potassium compared to bananas. Sometimes electrolytes can be lower or out of balance on the keto diet. Eating avocados regularly will keep your potassium levels in check.

hearts of palm noodles in a white bowl

Keto Noodle Options

There are a couple different options for low carb noodles when it comes to making a keto pasta dish. You can opt for hearts of palm noodles, shirataki noodles, wheat based low carb pasta or zucchini noodles (aka zoodles).

  • Hearts of Palm Noodles – This is my favorite keto noodles since it takes and looks very similar to wheat based spaghetti noodles; however, it is very low carbs and gluten free. There are 2 grams net carbs per serving. Natural Heavens is a favorite brand of mine. Palmini is another brand you can look for.
  • Shirataki Noodles – This is a zero net carb keto pasta option; however, many complain the noodles are stinky and have a rubber texture when you eat them.
  • Wheat Based Low Carb Pasta – There are some companies who have master a low carb noodle that looks and tastes similar to traditional pasta; however, they do contain gluten. So if you are sensitive, you may get inflammation to this keto pasta.
  • Zucchini Noodles – These are noodles that you can spiralize yourself or purchase them pre-spiralized at the grocery store. Zucchini is relatively low in carbs.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 465
Fat 33.6g
Protein 18.5g
Total Carbs 10.1g
Net Carbs 4.1g

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