Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Avocado Pesto Pasta



A couple weeks ago, we came across a delicious recipe for avocado pesto pasta...which uses avocado instead of cheese to create a super creamy {and healthier!} alternative to the traditional pesto.  Let me just say, it is delightful!  You really don't miss the cheese at all and it is OH so creamy.  Yum!

Here are the details:

Recipe from Chef Chloe

1 pound linguine
1 bunch fresh basil, reserve some leaves for garnish
½ cup pine nuts
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or sliced sun-dried tomatoes (optional)


Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the pesto by combining basil, pine nuts, avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Toss pasta with pesto. For an extra touch of color and flavor, top pasta with cherry or sun-dried tomatoes. Divide pasta among serving bowls and garnish each serving with a basil leaf.

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

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PS...I'm reorganizing my blog a little bit...you'll notice a new "instagram" icon and two new labels on my sidebar: pregnancy and baby.  I've already updated the "recipe" label where you will find ALL of my recipes on one page!  I hope this will make navigating a bit easier.  :)

19 comments:

  1. yum! I made a real similar vegan recipe just last week! loooove avocados! (the pregnancy craving that never went away!)

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  2. This looks so so good... I need to try it!

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  3. omg...this looks amazing and all of a sudden, I'm starving and I just had breakfast!!

    www.pearlsandgreentea.com

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  4. I am usually not an avocado fan, but I can't help thinking how good this looks! And it sounds SO easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Yum, I love anything with avocado! I actually made a really similar recipe this weekend when Cam was gone that used spaghetti squash instead of pasta noodles, it was actually pretty good! I'll be posting the recipe soon :)

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  6. Yum Natasha this looks amazing! Such a good summer meal too!

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  7. I made a very similar pasta to this last week, you can see it on my Instagram - SO delish and light! I roasted carrots, potatoes, and zucchini as a side...perfect summer meal! :)

    Hope you are feeling great!
    xo,
    Brooke

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  8. Yum. Definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try.

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  9. Love avocado, love pasta, love pesto...so I imagine I would love this dish! Great idea.

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  10. Yum! I totally pinned this. Iv'e been eating a lot of avocado lately trying to drop baby weight. Just 10 more pounds!!!

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  11. Yum. My husband makes "pesto pasta" all the time using not so typical ingred, but I'm not sure what they are exactly. I think he makes it out of spinach and cashew nuts.

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

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  12. Well this sounds absolutely incredible :) Yummy!!

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  13. Pasta and avocados - two of my most favorite things! Looks so good!

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  14. I keep seeing these avocado pesto recipes on pinterest, glad to know they turn out well!

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  15. I am doing a cookbook challenge to cook every recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen.
    Hope you don’t mind that I added your post to my blog page under “Others who made it”.
    http://eileenlikestoeat.com/2013/05/09/cookbook-challenge-chloes-kitchen-avocado-pesto-pasta-vegan/

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