Creamy Avocado Pesto Recipe

| September 26, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Creamy Avocado Pesto Recipe

If you are anything like me, you can never eat too much avocado. Sliced, diced or mashed, I put the fruit in or on practically everything. Seriously, my next kitchen experiment is going to be an Avocado Crème Brûlée!

That said, this was my first time putting it on pasta. I was a bit nervous at first. I didn’t want it to resemble guacamole on pasta. Luckily, it didn’t. It was creamy and full of flavor.

    Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 servings of pasta noodles such as linguini or spaghetti
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped

Instructions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions.

2. In a medium skillet, add just enough olive oil to coat the pan over a medium-high heat. When the oil has warmed, it will appear water-like and begin to shimmer.

Searing Tomatoes

3. Add the cherry tomatoes, let them cook for a few minutes so that they sear. Flip the tomatoes so they sear on the opposite side. When both sides are seared, remove them from the heat.

4. Add the garlic to the food processor and mince it.

Puree Avocado

5. Pit the avocados.

6. Add in the remaining olive oil and the lime juice and mix well. Then add in the lime zest and avocado meat, puree until slightly chunky.

Tossing Creamy Avocado Pesto

7. Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado sauce and the tomatoes.

8. Chop the pine nuts and the cilantro separately to be used as garnish.

Chopping Pine Nuts

9. Garnish and enjoy!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Recipe

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  • http://twitter.com/AndrisLagsdin Andris Lagsdin

    This recipe looks tremendous. Always looking for an excuse to make more pasta, and it’s tomato season.
    Thank you,
    Andris

  • David Crowley

    I love pesto & avocado, but wouldn’t have thought to put the two together. Must try!