meatless monday: creamy avocado pasta

Last week Saveur announced their finalists in their 2nd Annual Best Food Blog Awards. I happily bookmarked that page for perusing on a rainy day (lo and behold, today is that day! Dreary, awful day!). There are so many incredible food blogs out there, and I was delighted to find some great new vegan/vegetarian blogs being honored in the “Best Special Interest Blog” category. And don’t even get me started on the “Best Culinary Travel Blog” category. Souvlaki for the Soul? Great name! Momofuku for Two? Yes please!

But. I digress. An amazing looking recipe from Oh She Glows, a vegan blog, will be attempted tonight: 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta. The avocado makes it creamy, the lemon/garlic combo makes it zesty, the pasta makes it a meal.

look at it! beautiful!

Gorgeous and simple, right? Right! I’m so excited to actually have all of the above ingredients on hand already.

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
1 medium 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
1/4 c. fresh basil
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
6 oz of your choice of pasta (whole wheat or kamut sounds nice)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook your pasta as directed until al dente. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing 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. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place in a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings. NOTE: This dish does not reheat well due to the avocado in the sauce.

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