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.