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Wholewheat Tagliatelle with Avocado Pesto

The Silver Spoon Kitchen
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation: 15
  • Cooking: 5
  • Ready: 20

A quick and easy pasta dish with a zing.


  • 300 g (10½ oz) farro tagliatelle or other long pasta
  • handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 50 g (½ cup) walnuts
  • grated zest of ½ lime
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh hot chilli, seeded, membrane removed, and very finely diced
  • salt


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta, and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve but do not drain the pasta.

On a cutting board, combine the fresh coriander (cilantro), walnuts, and lime zest and coarsely chop. Transfer to a small bowl, stir to combine well, and set aside.

In a blender cup or tall jar, combine the avocado, shallot, lime juice, and a pinch of salt and purée with a hand blender.

Add a small ladleful of the pasta cooking water and the olive oil to the avocado purée and blend briefly to combine, then stir in the chilli.

Drain the pasta and transfer it to a serving bowl. Add the avocado sauce and toss to coat, then sprinkle with the cilantro-walnut mixture and serve.

Additonal notes

The Vegetarian Silver Spoon by The Silver Spoon Kitchen is published by Phaidon, £35 (

“Tagliatelle integrali con pesto di avocado”

“Avocados are very rich in vitamins A, D, and E. They have antioxidant properties and high levels of linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. Buy avocados when they’re soft to the touch, which means they’re perfectly ripe.”

Cookbook cover of The Vegetarian Silver Spoon

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