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Creamy, spicy pasta

Get ready to twirl those forks! This creamy avocado Alfredo pasta is the perfect complement to chili-spiced shrimp.

 Avocado Alfredo pasta with spicy shrimp recipe

Skip the standard marinara and try this avocado sauce for a creamy alternative with your favorite pasta. It's quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner but tastes like it took all day to make.

Avocado Alfredo pasta with spicy shrimp recipe

Serves 4


For the sauce:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 servings pasta of choice, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup arugula

For the shrimp:

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (plus more as desired)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


For the sauce:

  1. In a food processor add the flesh of the avocados, cream, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup whole milk and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a pot over medium-high heat. Simmer until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Add the salt and pepper, plus additional to taste. Add the noodles into the sauce, simmering until noodles have finished cooking, about 3 more minutes (add remaining 1/4 cup milk if sauce becomes dry or thick). Reserve.

For the shrimp:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Add peeled shrimp and toss until shrimp are well coated.
  2. In a pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 6 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Plate pasta, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, top with arugula and shrimp. Serve immediately.

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Comments on "Avocado Alfredo pasta with spicy shrimp"

Tiffany March 06, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Those shrimp look SO good! Thanks for the recipe- I'm totally trying this out later this week.

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