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Creamy Avocado Pasta

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RECIPE FOR CREAMY AVOCADO PASTA

Source: Adapted and modified from Oh She Glows

Serving: 2-3 (Best for 2 adults and one kid)

Ingredients for creamy avocado sauce:
1 medium size ripe avocado (pitted, roughly cut)
1 clove of garlic (roughly chopped)
2 tsp lemon juice (note 1)
½ tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped cilantro or herbs such as basil or parsley (optional)
160g pasta of your choice (I used durum wheat spaghetti)

For garnishing:
Handful of roasted chopped walnuts (note 2)
Handful of green peas (note 3)
Lemon zest (from 1 lemon) – (note 4)

Methods:

  1. Put water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add salt and pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente for about 8-10 minutes (depending on the brand).
  2. Drain the pasta but reserve 4 tbsps of pasta water. Return pasta to the pot with the water.
  3. Make the avocado sauce. Place chopped avocado, chopped garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and cilantro or herbs (if use) into a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Pour sauce onto the pasta from step (1) and toss until the pasta is fully coated with the sauce. Transfer pasta to individual serving plates. Sprinkle green peas, walnuts and garnish with lemon zest. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  1. Add one extra teaspoon for more lemony taste.
  2. I used raw walnuts from US. To roast the walnuts, preheat oven at 160°C. Rinse lightly and pat dry with kitchen towel. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until fragrant and toasted. Give it a stir once or twice. Set aside to cool. Roughly chopped.
  3. Thaw frozen green peas and blanch over boiling water for about 1 minute or until cooked. Immediately remove from the boiling water and plunge into an ice bath (a bowl full of ice and water). Immense the green peas in the ice bath until they are completely cool and then drain. This method is called “shocking” which will halt its cooking process completely and maintain the green hue of the green peas. If you want to skip this step, add green peas to step (1) 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  4. You can use a zester or grater to zest your lemon. You can also use a vegetable peeler too. First, wash and scrub the fruit. Rinse and pat dry with a paper towel. Carefully peel off a strip of the orange rind working from top to bottom. Only outer yellow layers are needed as the white part will give a bitter taste to the dish. Take one strip (or a few), flatten it on the cutting board. Slice (julienne) the peel into very thin strip.
  5. This dish needs to be served immediately as it does not reheat well due to the avocado in the sauce.
  6. Other ingredients that can be added to this dish are chicken, shrimp, salmon, bacon, ham, sausages, broccoli, toasted pine nuts and grated parmesan cheese.

 

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44 Comments

  1. You had me at creamy and then avocado sauce, what a great way to enjoy avocado!

  2. Joanne says:

    This is definitely one of my favorite dishes! And such a delicious way to use avocado.

  3. I have yet to try any recipes using an avocado – this just might be my first.

  4. evelyn says:

    So far, I have only tried making smoothies with avocado and my family loves it! I shall try this receipe and I love best is that it takes only 5 mins to make the sauce :)

  5. I always love simple yet delicious dishes. This looks scrumptious with avocado sauce.

  6. Priya says:

    Wat a fantastic,super delicious and mouthwatering dish.

  7. MaryMoh says:

    That’s such a healthy creamy sauce for pasta…creative! I don;t really know how to use up avocado except to make avocado drink with condensed milk.

  8. Love how fast such healthy sauce could be made and how versatile it could pair with various ingredients. I have an appetite for it to go with pine nuts, broccoli and salmon now : ).

  9. I already can’t wait to try this. I have a bag of avocados waiting for me to use! Never thought of using avocado for pasta. Sounds fun and delicious!

  10. Alice says:

    What a great idea in using Avocado! Love it.

  11. Little Inbox says:

    This is a great idea and it’s definitely healthier. I’m thinking of intrducing it to my girl’s diet. Still thinking how to…

  12. wokandspoon says:

    My 2 girls loved avocado when they were babies but now just push it aside! I’m still a big fan. Lovely pasta dish.

  13. We love avocado, but ever tried avocado with pasta. Sounds great! Must give it a go some time.

  14. tigerfish says:

    5 minutes and no cooking? I ‘m sold. I usually use mashed avocado as spread on toast/sandwich + veggie omelette as sandwich filling.

  15. Carolyn Jung says:

    I had no idea that kids were so adverse to avocados. What a shame that is since avocados are one of life’s creamy-dreamy pleasures to eat. I can’t say I’ve ever tried avocado in a pasta sauce. But I can totally see how its lovely texture would lend itself to that.

  16. Janine says:

    I think it might be because avocados used to be very expensive and parents tended to steer clear of it. my mom didn’t buy avocados at all when i was younger, and it was only recently that i bought some to experiment with, and to my surprise, it was really good! love how you styled the photos – the peas look like a good refreshing ‘pop’ to the creamy pasta!

    • food-4tots says:

      Janine: Avocado used to be a very pricey fruit one decade ago. So, not many are willing to explore it. Luckily, my ex-colleague taught me how to use it. Thanks for your compliment! ;)

  17. yoges says:

    Can I make this dish in the morning and keep it in a thermos jar for my baby’s lunch about 5/6 hours later? will it last? please advise, thank you!

  18. Luishu says:

    Great recipe!! Tried it with peas and bacon bits, and it was a success with my 18mth fussy eater girl and veg adverse hubby..haha!!

  19. ying says:

    Ms Low, What can i say? It’s so nice i cant believe myself for making this simple yet nutritious lunch for my son. Thank you very much for sharing so many wonderful recipes. You are my shi fu!!!

  20. lilis says:

    I dun know. I tried this recipe just now. The strong garlic taste seems spicy to me. I throw whole thing and made another breakfast for my son.

    • food-4tots says:

      Lilis: Thank you for sharing your feedback. You may consider to cut down the amount of garlic in your next attempt. If you don’t like the taste of raw garlic, you can pan-fry lightly the garlic first before blending it with avocado. :)

  21. Crissy says:

    This recipe is always a hit! Easy, fast and so so good. And I’m not even vegan!

  22. Tobius says:

    I didn’t think this would be good as I really hate avocaddo’s, but I thought I would at least try it, and this was actually quite good, and I will make again…

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