Getting Healthy from the Inside Out

Creamy Avocado Pasta

I was having a hankering for avocado… I knew I had seen recipes using it as a pasta sauce, so when I searched them online, I was pleasantly surprised to find another recipe from Oh! She Glows (she really does have some awesome recipes!) so I decided to give it a try! Again, NOT disappointed! Only had a couple “issues” with it, but it could have been more my problem- first time making a recipe takes longer than it should, so the dish ended up being warm, border-line cold by the time we ate! Maybe should have kept the pasta and sauce on the warm burner to help heat it!

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Though this recipe is Vegan, it would be VERY yummy with some sliced chicken or pork mixed in! Maybe even a seafood of some sort! 

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Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, to taste (I used 3 and it was quite garlicky, but if you are not a big fan of garlic use 1 clove)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • ~1/4 cup Fresh Basil, (probably optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta (I used 3oz of spelt and 3 oz of Kamut spaghetti)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, 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. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Please note: This dish does not reheat well due to the avocado in the sauce. Please serve immediately.

 NUTRITIONAL DATA (per serving):

  • Calories 532
  • Fat 25 g
  • Carbs 70 g
  • Fiber 8 g
  • Sugar 0 g
  • Protein 8 g

Don’t let the fat or calories scare you from trying this delicious dish! All the fat is from 2 ingredients- the avocado and olive oil- both excellent sources of healthy fats! However, consider having this dish for lunch when you’ll be more active throughout the afternoon rather than the evening when you’re settling down for bed!

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