A delicious, creamy avocado cashew sauce dresses up comforting shrimp fettucine in a dish that’s easy to make in 30 minutes or less, if you do a little prep ahead of time!
Shrimp pasta is one of my absolute favorite, go-to meals. I make it often for one of my #FastLunch meals while I’m working from home because it’s so quick and easy to whip up, and helps fuel me up for busy work days. It’s also inexpensive, and versatile; I love experimenting with different flavor combinations of sauces to keep things interesting.
Lately, I’ve been on an avocado kick. They’re so fresh and ripe in stores right now! I actually had four pieces of avocado toast in one sitting the other day… not my proudest moment, but a yummy moment for sure!
I also love cream sauces with shrimp pasta dishes, but since I can no longer have heavy cream (probably for the best!, shouts my love handles) I have been getting creative with different creamy non-dairy sauces.
Cashew cream has become a favorite of mine to use in pasta dishes, as a veggie dip, and even on sandwiches. I try to keep a mason jar in my fridge, but I have found that you can soak cashews for as little as 30 minutes and drain, and the cashews are soft enough to pulse in a food processor for a creamy sauce. Combined with avocados, you get a super rich, creamy, slightly nutty sauce without the added fat and calories of the traditional heavy cream. Trust me: you won’t miss it!
While the avocado and cashew adds a delicious creamy texture to this fast pasta dish, the lemon and dill add brightness.
Sprinkle a little grated parmesan cheese on top (or, shredded dairy-free cheese if you are dairy-free!). I also like to chop up extra avocado and extra chopped dill sprigs to sprinkle on top.
A note on pasta servings: one serving of pasta is typically considered to be two ounces of dry pasta, or one cup of cooked pasta. Honestly, pasta is one of those things I always eyeball. But if you’re a stickler for serving sizes, the kitchn has a great guide to follow.
What’s your favorite type of pasta dish?