Creamy Avocado Linguine

Creamy Avocado Linguine

Creamy Avocado Linguine

Creamy Avocado Linguine

 I love pasta side dishes!!!  They are delicious with simply a little salt, pepper, and olive oil or getting creative with the ingredients and adding some extras.  The addition of the avocado in this one gives it a creamy texture without an over powering flavor.  I have used linguine in this recipe because, as always, it is what I had on hand.  You could substitute any spaghetti like pasta.  Because the sauce is not very liquid like, I wouldn’t think you would want to use a tubular pasta.  All of the flavors used in this dish make for a pleasing, flavorful side.  I really think you will enjoy this one!

1 – 13.25 ounce box of linguine, cooked according to package directions

1 – Avocado, peeled and pitted

Juice of a lemon

Juice of a lime

2 TBS olive oil

1 tsp fresh chopped garlic

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper

3/4 cup freshly grated manchego cheese, if you can’t get manchego, use parmesan.

pinch of red pepper flakes

1 cup chopped green onions

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

In a medium mixing bowl, mash the avocado with the back of a fork.  Add the lemon juice, lime juice, and olive oil.  Continue to mash until blended.  I like for it to be smooth enough to make a nice coating for the pasta but with a little bit of the avocado bits in there.  Add in the garlic, salt, pepper, cheese, and pepper flakes.  Blend well.  Mix into the cooked pasta along with the green onions and parsley.   Use tongs to really coat the pasta with the avocado mixture.  Check for salt and pepper.  Also, if it seems too sticky, add a little extra olive oil and blend well.

 Serve and enjoy!!!

Avocado Appetizer

Avocado Appetizer

Avocado Appetizer

Avocado Appetizer

 

Just found out friends are stopping by for a glass of wine???  Need to pull out something quick as just a little something to nick nack on???  Here is your answer!  Thank you to my friend Bill for turning me on to this simple, delicious, easy, healthy appetizer.  Why didn’t I think of this?  It seems like a no brainer and is one of my favorite appetizers now.  I try and keep avocados on hand and some good kalamata olives for this very reason.

 

Ingredients List:

 

Avocado (Depends on how many friends…  if it is just 4 of you, 2 is plenty)

Fresh squeezed  juice from 1/4 of a lemon

Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

sprinkle of kosher salt

sprinkle of cracked black pepper

 

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise.  Give the pit a good “whack” with a paring knife.  Turn the knife and the pit should come right out.   Discard the pit.  Use a spoon to gently remove the avocado from the peel.  Place each half, pitted side down on a plate.  Slice through each side of the avocado about 4 times in each direction (sort of cubing it).  Squirt the juice of the lemon wedge over the avocado halves.  Drizzle them with olive oil.  Sprinkle on and salt and pepper and you are good to go!

 

Enjoy!!!