Avocado Cream Pasta

Another super quick and easy recipe! This one is from Oh She Glows. I had tried this a few months ago without a food processor (used a blender instead) and it was good but just not the same. Tried it again last night with the food processor and it is soo yummy! I couldn’t believe how creamy an avocado sauce could taste! Here is what you need (I used half of all of these ingredients since I was only making 1 serving):

  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish (I used bottled juice and no zest)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (I just used dried basil)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I used half of this amount to cut down on oil)
  • 2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta how you normally would. While it is cooking, blend the garlic, oil, and lemon juice in the food processor until smooth. Then add the avocado, basil, and salt and blend until a smooth sauce. All you have to do now is pour the sauce over the finished pasta and serve! I added in some tomatoes (just because I had them around and didn’t want them to go bad), and black pepper and grated cheese on top. *Note that this dish will not heat up well because of the avocado, so it must be eaten immediately! Next time I make this I may lay off the garlic a bit…I used 3 cloves (for just 1 serving!) which is more than it calls for and way too much. I’m a garlic fiend, but I forgot that the garlic in this case is uncooked so the taste off it is much stronger.

I will definitely be making this yummy pasta again in the future! I’m not a huge fan of eating avocado (I like it as a sauce and I like guacamole) but something about the texture of regular, sliced avocado just doesn’t do it for me, so I’m glad that I can get some in my diet with recipes like this! I may even get the boy to try this dish 😉

Oh yea, I forgot to update on my tomato/basil plant progress in my last entry. Here is a picture of them at week 5 in case anyone is interested. The tomato plant is really shooting up! Still wish the basil would start growing a little more, though, but they’re coming along.