Easy Peasy Weeknight Dinners: Avocado Pasta

What happened to this week? I blinked and suddenly it's Friday. Not cool, time-space continuum. Not cool.

Which is great segue to talk about trying to eat actual food on a weeknight. This is a constant struggle for everyone and it's good to have some fast, no-fail recipes in your repertoire for just such occasions. And thus, I give you... Avocado Pasta!

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado 
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Basil
  • Pasta (I went with spinach spaghetti)
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • The usuals (olive oil, salt & pepper)
  • Asparagus (optional), cut into thirds

 

 

1. Cook pasta per package instructions, roast asparagus in foil with olive oil, salt and pepper

2. While the pasta is cooking, halve avocado and remove the pit. Scoop into a food processor or blender with the garlic, basil, a squeeze or two of lemon juice-- and blend it up!

3. When it starts to get creamy, start drizzling olive oil into the mix a little at a time while the processor is running to emulsify. I check mine every few seconds and stop when its almost the consistency of a cream sauce. This is personal preference so feel free to make it as thick or thin as you like.

4. Combine pasta, avocado sauce, halved cherry tomatoes, and roasted asparagus-- Serve with more sliced basil and any protein of your choice (I am particularly fond of a soft boiled or poached egg, but that's just me). 

Apparently, I was so hungry that I ate it all before getting a nice picture of it all plated up. Le sigh. Suffice it to say it was super tastey. You could definitely add feta or another cheese to make it even creamier, but I'm trying to keep it dairy-lite these days (your thoughts are appreciated during this difficult time). One thing I will say about this recipe is that it doesn't really do well as leftovers. The avocado part starts to brown despite the lemon juice and it looks less appetizing as "black sludge pasta", let me assure you. Which would be why I gave you the amounts for 2 servings. Guess you'll just have to have that special non-dairy person over to dinner... (and then tell me how it went!)


So how did you guys like this recipe? Good? Hope so! I love getting your comments and suggestions so keep 'em coming! The best way to keep up with what's going on is on the social medias instagram/twitter/pinterest. 'Til next time...xo