Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp

Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp

Do any of you remember that time I thought my hubby was gluten intolerant?  I kinda freaked out and tried to, um, take care of all the gluten-loaded items in our house. His tests later came back negative, but fast forward 2 years and we’re back there. Again. But to make it even more interesting, he’s basically been told he can’t eat gluten or dairy. What? I know. When he came home from his most recent doctor’s appointment, I literally asked him if his doctor understood that he is married to a FOOD BLOGGER. Hello?!

Anyway, we’ve cleaned out the cupboards and I’m working on building up my collection of gluten-free-dairy-free recipes. So far things have been… well, a little hit and miss to be honest. But here’s one of the winners: Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp. You guys. This is really good. Of course we used brown rice pasta to keep this dish gluten free, but if you’re more normal than us, please feel free to use real pasta.

Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp

Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp


Creamy Avocado Pesto Linguini with Shrimp
Serves 4

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3 small ripe avocados
1 clove garlic
1 large handful basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 T olive oil
1 lb shrimp, deveined
1 lb linguini (or your favorite pasta)
Sea salt + pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done, reserve 1/4 a cup of the water and drain the rest. Put pasta aside and heat a grill pan on medium high. Add 1 T olive oil to pan and let heat. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for a few minutes until shrimp are no longer transparent, and then flip and cook a few more minutes. Set aside when cooked.
In a food processor, combine avocados, garlic, basil, pine nuts, lemon juice and 2 T olive oil. Puree and add extra T olive oil, if needed. Add salt and pepper liberally.
Add pesto, pasta and water to shrimp pan. Mix until thoroughly coated. Enjoy immediately.

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  1. Brooke


    This looks AMAZING! I’m going to cook it tonight! Perfect timing as we have a bunch of ripe avos!!

    • Marisa


      Thanks! And it’s such a perfect use for your ripe avocados! Let me know what you think 🙂


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