Meatless Monday Makeover: Creamy Avocado, Walnut and Spelt Rigatoni

Creamy Avocado Walnut Spelt Rigatoni
Photo Credit: Nina Olsson

February 8, 2018

There are many things to love about this creamy pasta recipe: It’s dairy free, rich and luscious, and vegetarian. But perhaps the best thing: It’s ready in 15 minutes.

This unicorn of a recipe manages to bring together several super-healthy ingredients (Spelt pasta! Walnuts! Avocado! Olive oil!), while also giving you a bowlful of creamy comfort food. Make it tonight—you know you want to (we do, too).

Creamy Avocado, Walnut and Spelt Rigatoni (Wholegrain Pasta with No-Fuss Dairy-Free Pasta Sauce)

  • Serves: 4
  • Total Time: 15 MINUTES
  • Active Time: 10 MINUTES
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  • 12oz. whole-grain spelt rigatoni or your choice of pasta
  • 3 avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups walnuts
  • ½ leek, white part only, trimmed and sliced in thin rounds
  • 2 handfuls of parsley, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  2. Place the avocado in a mixer and blend with the garlic, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve with rigatoni and top with walnuts, leek, and parsley.