Monday, September 19, 2011

Meatless Monday--15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

It's funny to me how busy times seem to wax and wane.  Some days, I feel like a complete success--I accomplish everything I set out to, I don't feel rushed, and I even have the time to find the joy in the many tasks of the day.  (Wouldn't we all like more of those days?)  But most of time, I feel more like I'm on the go from the time my feet hit the floor.  When I finally get to bed on those days, I lay down and think to myself, "What just happened?"  

On those days, I am so thankful for recipes like this.  Low-maintenance, easily adaptable, delicious, and healthy.  With your favorite pasta, 15 minutes, and a handful of basic ingredients, this comforting meal can be yours.  Thank goodness.

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
slightly adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients:
6 oz. dried pasta of your choice 
1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
1 medium-sized ripe avocado
1/4 c. basil
1/4 c. freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan recipe)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

Directions:
1. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth.  Add in avocado, basil, cheese, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy. 

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper.  Serves 2.  **Note: because of the avocado, this pasta does not reheat very well.  It can be eaten as leftovers, but is much better when served immediately.

two years ago: sugar and spice cupcakes 
three years ago: A delicious recipe with what may be one of the worst pictures on my blog, warm couscous salad.

7 comments :

elly said...

I've been wanting to try an avocado pasta dish, and this looks great. Love the basil in it.

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe. Especially when I first heard about it on www.ohsheglows.com

Maybe next time you should try crediting your sources since your recipe is exactly like hers.

Plagiarism is really frowned upon.

Pretend Chef said...

I would love to try this pasta dish. It looks fantastic. The addition of basil sounds like another layer of amazing flavor.

Kelsey said...

Anonymous, I find your comment quite rude. If you look right under the title of the recipe, I state that the recipe is slightly adapted from Oh She Glows. I even linked right to Angela's site. I would've loved to e-mailed this response to you, but you didn't even leave a way for me to contact you privately.

That Girl said...

I have so many of those busy days lately!

Jackie said...

Hey Anonymous,
Ignorant and arrogant is a bad combo.

SHE DID credit Oh She Glows.

Next time read a post all the way through before you post snarky comments that make you look like an idiot. That comment seems to say a LOT about your character.


Thank you Kelsey for this adaptation, it looks beautiful.

All Things Yummy said...

Looks delicious and perfect for one of the those crazy days.