Monday, February 20, 2012
Please don't call the blogger police. I know it's not Monday. In fact, here in Japan it's Wednesday evening. But I know you'll forgive me for calling this a Meatless Monday meal when you see it and even more when you give it a try. Creamy avocado is the base for this nice thick sauce. It's blended with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and basil. So simple, so fresh, so meatless and yummy. The original recipe calls for gluten free pasta, but I'm not into all that (are you getting ready to call the police again?) so I went with whole wheat pasta instead. Oh and I forgot to highlight that this meal only takes 15 minutes to get on the table and into your belly. What could be better??
15 Minute Avocado Pasta
From Oh She Glows
1 medium sized ripe avocado, pitted
1/2 lemon juiced with lemon zest to garnish
2 - 3 garlic cloves depending on how garlicky you like your food
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 servings (6 ounces) of your favorite pasta
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Bring several cups of water to a boil and add in your pasta. Cook according to package directions. Meanwhile make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into the base of a food processor. Process until smooth and add in the avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
Drain and rinse pasta and place into a large bowl. Pour on the sauce and toss until throughly combined.
Garnish with lemon zest, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Serve and eat immediately - this dish does not reheat!