I've been trying to make this for dinner for weeks now. Since even before we went on vacation. And my avocados always end up going bad before I get a chance to make it. Even though it only takes seconds to make. But whipping up anything from scratch at dinner time, even something that only takes 15 minutes, is a big challenge these days, as we attempt to get Logan into bed while Chloé screams, all the while needing to eat pretty quickly once the kids go down, due to Jérôme's diabetes. It's much easier for me to reheat something that I've made earlier in the day, and this can't be reheated. And it finally dawned on me the other day that I should just make it for lunch instead.
Super quick and easy to make, nice and yummy, healthy, vegan and gluten-free if made with gluten-free noodles.
Logan was not a huge fan. This is the face of "there is no way you are going to convince me to put this in my mouth, no matter how much you and daddy say "mmmmmm" while you're eating it". He didn't even bring the fork near his mouth. Grrr....
1 medium sized ripe avocado, pitted
1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
2-3 garlic cloves, to taste
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
about 1/4 C fresh basil (probably optional)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 servings (6 oz.) or your choice of pasta (I used whole-wheat spaghetti)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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.
|looks like I let my avocado sit a little too long!|
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.
Variation: We needed to increase the protein content of this dish due to Jérôme's diabetes. I chose to toss about a tablespoon of chia seed into the sauce, on Ashley's suggestion, which worked out quite well.
|I ground this with the other ingredients in the food processor|
Makes 2 servings.
Note: this dish does not reheat well due to the avocado in the sauce, so serve immediately.
Difficulty level: easy