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Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

Dear Universe,

I would like to make a proposition.

Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

Let’s add a few more hours to the day. Let’s make every day 36 hours long instead of 24. A deliciously long 12-hour night sleep will be mandatory and then we’ll still have 24 other hours during which we can make a living, love on all our family and friends, work out, catch up on all of our favorite TV shows, listen to all the best music, and cook/bake/eat/drink all the things. And do all of the other wonderful/demanding/amazing/worthy/necessary activities in our lives.

Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

And let’s make it happen immediately! Three day weekends are also on the wish list.

Most sincerely,


Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

While it is unlikely for my wish for more hours in a day to come true, it might just be possible to squeeze more into the hours we already have. Quick and easy meals like this affectionately named Fettuccine Al-Fake-O will fill your belly with delicious and healthy things, without requiring tons of time in the kitchen. And guess what? It’s freaking vegan. Remember when I made you that vegan ice cream? Yeah, I hopped aboard the vegan train and you’re comin’ with me! (But don’t worry, I still really like butter and cheese and meat and stuff)

Disclaimer: Dudes, let’s be real. A sauce made without loads of butter, cream, and cheese is not going to taste like a sauce that is made with all of the above. I mean, I’m not freaking David Copperfield. However…this vegan avocado “alfredo” sauce is made with wholesome and delicious ingredients, and it tastes pretty amazing. It literally takes minutes to pull together, giving you more time for the important stuff. And if you enjoy lighter meals made with fresh ingredients during the hot summer months, this is the perfect dish for you. Live it up!

Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! (barely adapted from The Kind Life)

If you are a garlic fiend like me, up the garlic to 3 cloves. If you don’t enjoy having garlic breath for days, or just aren’t a big garlic fan, reduce the garlic to 1 clove. The garlic packs a pretty big punch, so be warned. Also, this pasta tastes best when enjoyed immediately. I would be a bit leery of reheating it in the microwave, due to the avocado base. 

1 ripe avocado

1 large handful of fresh basil

1-3 cloves of garlic

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

2 servings of cooked fettuccine

In a food processor, blend the avocado, basil, garlic, the juice from the lemon together until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss the sauce with the hot, cooked pasta until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Top with a pinch of lemon zest, if desired. And if you aren’t vegan, a little freshly grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top tastes pretty darn good too.

Fettuccine Al-Fake-O! | Once Upon a Recipe

PS. If you are going to be kissing anyone in the hours after consuming this tasty dish, perhaps you should encourage your partner to enjoy the same meal. Just sayin’…


  1. I love your 12 hour sleeps and 3 day weekends! I sign your petition right now!

    This looks great, I love all combined. I like that you put little cherries on the side too, good call.

    Great recipe – thanks!

  2. Fascinating! I’m going to try this! Thanks.

  3. I second your proposition to the universe. Also, avocados all the time!

  4. I saw this on your Instagram and had to pop over! I need to try this! I am trying to a Vegan, gluten-free diet and this recipe looks pretty easy which is good for me because I’m a horrible cook ; )

  5. At time like this, I like to trick my brain and think that in reality there are only 18 hours to a day. So I wake up and think, “say what?? 24 hours in a day???? what a treat!” Since I doubt the universe will grant you your wish anytime soon (hey, I’m rooting for you!) it’s sometimes nice to think that it could be a lot worse. 😉

  6. File this one under “favorite post with a vegan recipe”

    Why? Because you:

    1. posted the recipe because it’s easy, yummy, and healthy
    2. didn’t pretend that it will magically taste like a buttery, milky, non-vegan version
    3. professed your love for cheese
    4. Avocados. They are the best ever.

    This looks awesome, totally making it for lunch soon.

    I also vote for longer days!! Whiiiine. I’m tired of going to bed at 9:45 every night in order to get enough sleep to get up at 5. The sun is still shining!

    • Yay, glad you like! And yes, going to bed when the sun is still shining is just not doable. Perhaps that is why I am up until midnight every night and then complain that I feel exhausted when my alarm goes off at 6am. Oh well, we really shouldn’t complain. We will be back to 4:30pm sunsets before we know it. Double whiiiiiine.

  7. Wow! Avocado & pasta! I love this recipe–I must try it.

  8. love the combination of ingredients Amanda, absolutely summery, fresh and healthy, this would be perfect for the summer time ^^

  9. I loooove this pasta recipe! It’s so good! I’ve made it way too many times, and I still keep craving it!

    I have long wished for 3-day weekends every week. I would work 4 10-hour days just to have 3 day weekends!

  10. avocados are the fruits of the gods! the only issue is that I eat way to much of it. If you want to try something different it makes green smoothies super creamy!

  11. I’m the biggest fan of avocado “sauce” with pasta – it’s a wonderful combo and your recipe sounds delish! Also the biggest supporter of the “3-day weekend,” so I could have one actual relaxing day free of chores and errands! 🙂

  12. Avocado, fettuccine, garlic? I’m in for a treat later in the week when I give this one a go!

  13. <3 <3 <3 <3 Dinner for next week for sure!!!

  14. 3 day weekends sound like a god send! And so does this pasta. With bikini season in full effect, this dish looks creamy without the added unhealthy fats.

  15. This is totally genius. I am making this for my son – his two favorite food groups are pasta and avocado…

  16. Yes! This is one of my favorite things to eat. I add a touch of nutritional yeast and some spinach. Then I roast cherry tomatoes until they are all caramelized and delish to throw on top… well, I don’t actually throw them, but to each their own.

    Love your site. So pumped to find you!!!

    • Ooh, adding nutritional yeast sounds like a great idea! And roasted cherry tomatoes too!
      So pumped you found me too, lady! 🙂

  17. I’m game for your plea to the Universe, it would be wonderful to have 36 hour days. Your pasta looks mouthwatering. I love the light sauce as it’s perfect for the summer heat. Thanks so much for sharing, love the photos too:)

  18. Looks delicious! Never thought about using avocado in a pasta dish. I will have to try this!

  19. YUM! I love both avocados and pasta but never thought of combining the two–I’m definitely going to try this for a quick lunch! Your blog is awesome 🙂

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