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

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 

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.


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

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.