Avocado Pesto Pasta

Its a fact that everyone from Los Angeles likes avocados. I can eat them on pretty much anything so I figured, why not make it in to a pasta sauce? The avocado gives you a perfect creaminess without using any milk so for all you lactose-free people and vegans…this one’s for you!

What you’ll need (for 1 or 2 servings, depending on how hungry you are):

  • Half of an avocado
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A small handful of walnuts (or pine nuts)
  • 10-15 basil leaves (plus a few more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Juice from half of a lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • Mozzarella or Parm for garnish (or nutritional yeast for those who can’t eat dairy)

 

Bring your pasta water to a rapid boil and make sure it’s “as salty as the sea” like Mario Batali likes to say. Cook your pasta for 1-2 minutes under the cook time since it will continue cooking once we toss it with our sauce.

On to the (incredibly easy) sauce. In a blender or magic bullet throw in the avocado, garlic, basil, oil, salt and pepper. Blend it up! IMG_6539.JPG.jpegIf it seems too chunky or thick, add a little more oil but it will thin out once it’s cooked. Also check for seasonings: add anything you think it’s missing! Don’t stress if it tastes a little bitter at this point, it will mellow out during cooking.IMG_6540.JPG.jpeg

(This is after my second blend, where I added a tad more salt and oil to thin it out)

When theres about 2 minutes left on the pasta, put a pan over medium high heat and warm up the avocado pesto. IMG_6544.JPG.jpeg

When the pasta is ready, strain it but make sure to RESERVE PASTA WATER!!! Put the pasta in with the sauce and add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce and give it a nice consistency. Add a little at a time, but add it until it seems right to you!IMG_6545.JPG.jpeg

At this point add in the halved cherry tomatoes and cheese and give it a final toss. Plate it up with some basil for garnish and enjoy!IMG_6548.JPG.jpeg

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. craig says:

    looks great! but it would be good with smoked mozzarella as well.

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