Cooking with Ceci: Creamy avocado pasta

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Avocados are packed with vitamins and good fats. (Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Avocados are packed with vitamins and good fats. (Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Commentary by Ceci Martinez

Avocado, the king of fruits! It is not only unique and delicious, but it is packed with vitamins, and loaded with good mono-saturated fats. I love its versatility; you can have it as a drink, fruit, salad, dips, sandwich, the variations are endless! This fantastic dish is a 1-2-3 recipe that doesn’t take much time and effort!

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

16-oz. uncooked pasta

2 large cloves garlic

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

6 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, to taste

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 ripe medium avocado, pitted

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Lemon zest

Directions:

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. While pasta cooks in a food processor, combine garlic, basil and pulse to mince. Add lemon juice, oil, avocado flesh, 1 tablespoon water and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain pasta but reserve 1 cup pasta water. Return pasta back to pot and add avocado sauce, mix well to coat pasta. If pasta looks dry toss it with reserve water until it has a glossy coating. Top pasta with lemon zest and pepper.


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