Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo Pasta

Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo

Not too long ago a reader asked me if I had ever combined avocado and goat cheese in a pasta dish, which I had not, but since I am a huge fan of both ingredients I was immediately intrigued. I have used avocado and goat cheese in a lot of recipes together but mostly where other ingredients were the star of the show with the avocado and goat cheese there as backup and it was about time to let them shine together. I already had plans for dinner that night but I had both avocado and goat cheese on hand so I threw them into the salad that I was having with the meal and that only confirmed that the two ingredients are indeed truly magical together!

I had avocado and goat cheese pasta on my mind for the next few days as I ruminated various pasta recipes and in the end I decided to go with a simple alfredo style pasta. An alfredo pasta is a pasta with a sauce made from butter and parmesan to which I like to add cream and I figured that that would be a great base to melt the goat cheese into. On the avocado side of things I knew that I would have to add some lime juice to brighten things up and from there it seemed only natural to continue with the theme and add some cilantro and jalapeño pepper. (At this point I was thinking that this was almost like a guacamole and goat cheese pasta!) I did not want to cook the avocado too long so I pureed it in a food processor and mixed it into the goat cheese sauce and heated it just until it was warm before tossing it with the pasta. This avocado and goat cheese pasta is super easy to make and all things said and done this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make so it is definitely doable on a busy weeknight.

I had some pretty high hopes for this goat cheese and avocado pasta and they were easily exceeded! The creamy avocado and tangy goat cheese is an amazing combination and it goes fabulously well in this pasta!

Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo
Serve with extra chunks of diced avocado to get some of that avocado texture.

Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo
You will definitely be licking your bowls clean to get every last bit of that tasty avocado and goat cheese sauce!

Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo

Avocado and Goat Cheese Alfredo Pasta

Avocado and goat cheese are a magical combination in this alfredo style pasta that will have you licking your bowl clean!


Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces linguine
  • 1 large avocado, pureed
  • 1/2 jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (~1 lime)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk or half and half
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, puree the avocado, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a food processor or blender and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the cream, goat cheese and parmesan, simmer until the cheese has melted, mix in the avocado mixture and heat to warm.
  5. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and serve hot over the pasta garnished with more goat cheese, avocado and cilantro as desired.

Note: The lime juice will help ensure that the avocado in the sauce does not turn brown so if you have any leftovers, they will still be good the next day.

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30 comments:

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This is pretty much heaven on a plate. YUM!

Tieghan said...

I made a past just like this except with gouda cheese. I love the creaminess that the avocado gives the sauce!

This recipe is calling my name!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective said...

Lovely pasta recipe!

Maria said...

This pasta is perfect!

Gaby said...

looks and sounds amazing!!!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

This must have had so much richness and flavor with the avo & goat cheese! Nice!

Marie Matter said...

Avocado, goat cheese, pasta = 3 of favorite things in the world! Definitely making this!!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

I love the combination of goat cheese and avocado, what a great dish.

marla said...

Love that avocado + goat cheese Kevin!

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Looks and sounds so delicious! Love the combination of flavours!

Jocelyn said...

I could eat avocados every day! This is such a great idea to puree the avocado in the sauce...I must try this!!

naomi said...

Now I'm intrigued by the combo - looks delicious as all your dishes do.

Shannon said...

OMG this looks awesome.

Jaci @ windykitchen said...

Mmm great flavor combo! Can't wait to try this.

Gloria Baker said...

I think avocado and pasta sounds really yumm!!!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

I loe avocados so much so seeing them on pasta...this is perfect!

Aimée said...

Love it, Kevin!! Great flavor combo.

Julie @ Table for Two said...

This look so good!! I love this combination. i can only imagine how creamy and delicious this was!!

Carrian Cheney said...

avocado always has my heart

Donald Edwards said...

Sorry I do love a bit of avocado; however I'm not convinced that I'd like it with pasta..

Joanne said...

Guess who has goat cheese in the fridge RIGHT.NOW and is looking for a crazy delicious way to use it?! This girl! Definitely need this in my life.

TravellingAK said...

Excellent idea to combine the goat cheese and the avocado, both quite creamy. I would try with sheep cheese, as well, it is a little bit less sharp and could make an interesting combo. Lime juice is always good with "creamy" food, will definitely try a variation of your dish. Thanks for the inspiration! Extra good now that I am soon going to be a "closet cooker" myself, as I abandon my big kitchen for a small, in Taiwan...

Sheila Davies said...

I have tried a couple other Avacado Pasta recipes and wasn't happy with them!
This one is Perfection !
How you can you beat heaven on a plate that takes no work to prep. Thanks for this wonderful recipe !

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...

The only challenge here will be not eating all the avocado and goat cheese before making the sauce!

Anonymous said...

Made it tonight - - - served with sauteed shrimp on top- - was excellent. The sauce mellows quite a bit after combining with the pasta - so I advise to let the pasta sit in the sauce for a couple of minutes. I used a microplane rasp to grate the parm. cheese - - & I always double the amount of parm. cheese when grated with the microplane - - - never hurts!

Kevin Lynch said...

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking: I agree completely! :)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: You can't got wrong with more cheese!

Anonymous said...

Made this today without the coriander and pepper as I didn't have them on hand. So satisfying. Tasty and I felt perfectly satisfied afterwards, without feeling heavy.

I might try adding in some walnuts next time :)

Alyssa Walz, RD said...

Just made this recipe and it might be my favorite Closet Cooking recipe!

Kevin Lynch said...

Alyssa Walz, RD: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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