Every once in awhile I run across a recipe and I wonder why I never thought of putting those ingredients together in that way before.  This occurred to me when I stumbled across a recipe for pasta with creamy avocado sauce that I found on the Tasty Yummies blog.   I think of this as vegan pesto; because, it tastes a bit like pesto without using dairy products such as cream or cheese.  Or, you could think of it as guacamole pasta.  Whatever you want to call this — it is quick, easy & good.  So, start by boiling your pasta of choice.  The recipe on Tasty Yummies uses organic brown rice pasta — I used whole wheat spaghetti.  This recipe makes enough for 2 people; so, if you need to feed more people just double it or triple it, etc.

While the pasta is cooking, put the juice of 1/2 of lemon, 2-3 garlic cloves, and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a food processor and process until smooth.

Add a medium sized pitted and peeled avocado, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 cup of fresh basil (or a cup of baby spinach).  Process until smooth and creamy.  If it the sauce seems too thick whiz in a bit more olive oil.  And, you can add more salt to taste.

When your pasta is done, drain it but reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water.  Add the sauce to the pasta and add pasta water until it reaches a saucy consistency.

Serve the pasta topped with a bit of lemon zest, some crushed red pepper flakes, and a bit of chopped fresh basil.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

from Tasty Yummies

Ingredients

1 medium sized ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

1/2 a lemon juiced + lemon zest to garnish

2-3 cloves of garlic, to taste

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, or more to taste

1/4 cup of fresh basil (or 1 cup of baby spinach)

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 servings of pasta

Crushed red pepper flakes

Fresh basil for garnish

1.  Cook your pasta, drain it, and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.

2.  While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce by putting the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Add the avocado, basil (or spinach), and salt.  Process until smooth and creamy.  You may want to add more olive oil if your avocado is very firm.

3.  Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss until fully combined, add pasta water a bit at a time until the sauce is the right consistency — not too thick and not too watery.  Garnish with lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and a bit of chopped fresh basil.

Makes 2 servings.

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