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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Avocado Pesto Pasta

julipmade90 This is what you do when you have 3 avocados sitting on your counter starting to go bad, aside from just eat them whole because given my affinity for all things avocado, I can do that folks. The avocado cuts back some of the spicy basil and garlic flavor, so if you are like me, add more garlic and basil. However, the creaminess of the avocado adds a really nice texture and makes it so you don't need to use as much olive oil to blend the pesto.  The avocado also sticks to the pasta better, evenly coating each strand. This is another perfect pre-fall meal and super easy to make with relatively little clean up.
julipmade88 Ingredients:
  • basil, large handful
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • half lemon, squeezed
  • 3 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
julipmade89
  1. If you are not a huge fan of garlic, then I recommend putting the minced garlic in a bowl with the olive oil and heat for 30 seconds or so in the microwave.  This will release the fragrance and take the edge off of the spiciness.  I however, prefer full on vampire fighting spice. 
  2. Place the avocado, basil, walnuts, and garlic in a food processor.  Blend, using olive oil and lemon juice as needed until pureed and smooth.  Salt and pepper as needed.
  3. After the pasta has finished cooking, let it sit for a few minutes so it isn't steaming hot when you mix the pesto as the avocado will brown slightly if it is too hot.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan, pepper, and more basil as desired.  Enjoy!
julipmade91

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Cheers,
Julie

12 comments:

  1. mmmmmmm.
    i love the photos!!!
    i'm going to give this a go. i have some avocados i need to use.

    ♥elisabeth

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  2. YUm this sounds absolutely incredible! Pinning now

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  3. this sounds like such a great idea!!!

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  4. Avocado pesto? Sign me up! Sounds totally delicious.

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  5. WISH I had a food processor@! This looks delish.

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  6. My mouth is officially watering. I'm so trying this one!

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  7. YUM YUM YUM I love avos and I love pasta- this looks delish! xo Lisa

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  8. yessss. love the sound of this!! obsessed with all things avo - if only they were cheap :)

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  9. DELISH!!!! Pinning this one!!! i heart avocado.

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  10. OOooo love the idea of pesto AND avo! Great recipes you've got going on here! :)

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