Thursday, August 9, 2012

may i have avocado on that?

do you say that all the time? or "with guac, please." My friends and I have been saying that all summer - guac on tacos, salads, sandwiches. Avocado (sliced or mashed) on eggs, toast, burgers, the list goes on. After a long day of new student orientation, I wanted a super easy and fast dinner. I made a similar pasta in May with more of a pesto spin, but I like this one better.
Pasta with simple avocado sauce and tomatoes.
2 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
1/2 lemon, juiced
2-3 garlic cloves, (I used 3 and it was like "whoa," so cut it to 1 to 2 cloves if you don't love garlic)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoon EVOO
2 servings of pasta - angel hair used tonight
Freshly ground black pepper
While pasta cooks (according to package), prepare the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add basil, pepper and salt - pulse until basil is chopped. Add avocados in chunks and a bit more EVOO. Pulse until smooth and creamy. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into serving bowls. Spoon sauce over pasta and add tomatoes. For a fresh spin, garnish with lemon zest. Serve immediately -makes 2 servings. This pasta could definitely be expanded upon with grilled shrimp or chicken.
Happy (almost) Friday.

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