Creamy Avocado Pasta
I love guacamole. I could eat it by the bowlful. I don’t even need chips – just hand me a spoon! The funny thing is though, I really don’t like eating straight-up avocado. I find a slice of avocado to be the consistency of butter. I love butter but I don’t go around eating a stick of it. The flavour is simply fantastic when combined with a little citrus but I just can’t get over the texture. Regardless, if you love the flavour of avocado then you are going to love this pasta. The best part is that it tastes absolutely sinful like a creamy pasta dish smothered in a buttery cream sauce but it is nothing but fresh, natural ingredients. And super easy to make! Trust me, if you like avocado you will loooooove this dish. You can thank me later.
- 4 servings of pasta, ideally fettuccine or similar (regular or whole wheat)
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped from rind
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 large clove of garlic or 2 small cloves or 2 cloves of jarred, minced garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Freshly grated parmesan
- Fresh chopped tomatoes
- Diced cooked chicken
- Diced cooked bacon or pancetta
- Set a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, add pasta to water and cook until al dente.
- While pasta is cooking, combine avocado flesh, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, basil and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside. *If you do not have a food processor, you can try an immersion blender or a normal blender. You will not be able to prepare this dish without one of these devices.
- Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with avocado mixture and a generous handful of freshly grated parmesan. Serve with additional grated parmesan, if desired.
- This pasta is best served immediately. The lemon juice should help prevent browning if you somehow happen to have leftovers. Should the pasta turn brown the next day, rest assured it is still edible (and delicious!). One trick I use is to keep the pit from the avocado in the container with the leftover pasta. Something about the pit helps prevent browning.
- To make it gluten-free (or hypoallergenic friendly), simply use your favourite gluten-free noodle and substitute Parmesan for nutritional yeast.