Creamy Avocado Pasta
So I have been a little M.I.A. lately. I feel like I haven’t updated in FOREVER! I haven’t been cooking much since my birthday, there always seemed to be a reason that I went out to eat (wait, do I ever need reasons to go out to eat?), so I have been pretty slack when it came to cooking at night. I am loving Daylight Saving Time right now too! It’s still light out when I come home from work and it doesn’t feel like such a drag! I honestly don’t know why we don’t just keep DST all year long! Who likes the “normal” time anyways? Plus, we are on DST for about 9 months out of the year anyways, so what’s the point of this switching business?
Oh.. another perk of DST.. when I’m cooking dinner and taking pictures.. I actually have SUNLIGHT! My pictures come out so much nicer this way (as any picture would really). I feel like the sunlight makes my food actually look yummy. ;)
Okay, I got a little off track ..but I made a quick and simple dinner tonight. Creamy avocado pasta. Yes, this is pretty freaking amazing. This is my second attempt at this dish and gosh it’s seriously the best! The first time I made it, I only had whole grain egg noodles on hand but this time I made it with whole grain spaghetti. It is delicious either way!
This dish literally takes no more than 10 minutes to cook/put together..that is if you’re smooth in the kitchen….which I’m not really so I don’t know how I manage to keep it down to roughly 10ish minutes…maybe my clock is broken? The great thing about this dish is, it is healthy, it’s yummy, and by the time the pasta is done cooking, your “sauce” which is made from scratch is ready to go!
I used this recipe.. creamy avocado pasta from Bliss blog. I googled an avocado recipe and I found that this one seemed to be more than one note since she had an addition of spinach! She also included basil, but I didn’t have any on hand, and I always say… cook with what you have. :)
Recipe is below and my edits are italicized.
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still al dente 9 -11 minutes. I cooked mine for 7 minutes as instructed by my Barilla box.
2. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
Put the cup of spinach and the shredded chicken in the bottom of a serving bowl (I left my pasta/spinach/chicken in the pot that I drained my pasta from so that it could stay a bit more warm) and place the spaghetti on top and toss for a few minutes to wilt the spinach.
3. While the pasta is cooking make the avocado sauce. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the avocado and place in a food processor. Zest the lime and add along with the basil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, basil, spinach, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss everything together adding a little cooking water to loosen the sauce as needed. I did not need to add any of the pasta water as I like my sauce a little thick and it sticks onto the pasta really well this way too. I also find that the heat from the pasta helps to really coat the spaghetti well so I didn’t feel like I needed any extra water.
5. Top with the grated parmesan and basil and another squeeze of the lime and serve.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
So Y-U-M-M-Y! Recipe at link.