Monday, February 1, 2016

Linguine with Avocado Sauce

I've been on a very long hiatus but I think you'll really enjoy this dish.  It's such a great way to get on a healthy eating kick because this pasta is very decadent but full of all the good fats and none of the bad.  It's super quick and convenient when you need to get your kids to eat some greens.  Most kids love avocado, but mine just eat it occasionally.  So, when they were happily eating this dinner without complaining and even commenting on how much they liked it (gasp), I wanted to get up and dance on the table.  Cooking for your kids can feel unrewarding at times.  There is a lot of complaining, especially when you are trying to get them to eat something healthy, and not a lot of appreciation.  This dinner, however, is a real winner.  It can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and I can't think of a dinner that is so delicious and so easy.  You can definitely have this meal done in less than thirty minutes.  The scallions and lemon give it an extra tasty zing.  It takes less than ten ingredients, many of which you might already have in your fridge.  Please put this meal in your line up when you are looking for something new.   My posts will now be coming on a more regular basis so get ready to make some delicious meals, snacks and desserts!

Pictured above are all of the ingredients you'll need for this recipe!

La Recette:

-12 oz. linguini (I love Bionaturae's gluten free pasta)
-2 avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
-1 garlic clove smashed
-3 scallions roughly chopped 
-zest and juice of 1 lemon
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 teaspoon of kosher salt 
-1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 cup of chopped Italian Parsley
-1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)

-blender, food processor, or Vitamix
-chef's knife
-cutting board
-zester or microplane
-measuring cups and spoons
-stock pot (for the pasta)

-Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook pasta until al dente. 
-In the meantime, combine the avocado, garlic, scallions, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper into the blender.  Blend until creamy.
-When the pasta is ready, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.  Then drain the pasta.  Add the reserved pasta water to the avocado sauce and blend until smooth.
-Add the avocado sauce to the pasta and toss well to coat.
-Plate the pasta and garnish with the parsley and cheese (optional).    

*Serves 4

I can't help but share my absolute favorite dress from the SAG Awards on Saturday night.    Alicia Vikander is wearing such a stunning geometric print and sequined gown from Louis Vuitton.  In my opinion, she is by far the best dressed of the night.  She looks perfect.

Photo credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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