This is a creamy, dreamy pasta recipe to die for, and I am kicking myself because I didn’t think of it before.
My Pasta Avocado — or Avocado Pasta — comes from a combination of my two favorite cuisines — Italian and Mexican. And it’s so simple, you can put it together in minutes, really, with a minimum of cooking involved. Now that’s a summery dish for you.
I am quite probably the world’s biggest fan of guacamole, that delicious medley of avocados, cilantro, onions and lime — is there a soul alive who isn’t – and to make this sauce I married all of these flavors. I caramelized the onions and garlic first so they wouldn’t taste too oniony and garlicky in the finished sauce and this little effort added a ton of sophistication to the dish. Then I cooked linguine pasta and drenched it in all this heavenly goodness. If you’re not yelling Holy Guacamole! around now, you really ought to.
It was a long day and I had almost made up my mind not to blog today, but then I couldn’t wait to share this post with you. Also– in case you haven’t noticed– I’ve been working slowly on redesigning the blog and giving it a cleaner, neater, more organized look. It’s still a work in progress and there will be more changes in the days to come, but by the end of it I hope to have, among other things, a better organized Recipe Index for you.
Ok, so this is as much chatter as I can manage today. More to come soon, but here– before I drop into oblivion– is the recipe. Enjoy all!
- 8 ounces linguine pasta, cooked per package directions until al dente
- 1 avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes or cayenne (use paprika for less heat)
- Salt to taste
- Heat the oil and add the onions with a pinch of salt.
- Saute the onions, stirring frequently, until they caramelize and turn golden-brown. About halfway through, add the garlic and let it also cook with the onions.
- Place the onion and garlic mixture in the bowl of a food processor or blender along with the avocado, cilantro, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Process until you have a fairly smooth sauce. It will have a pesto-like consistency.
- Remove the guacamole sauce to a bowl, add the cooked pasta, and toss well to mix.
- Serve immediately.