Feed Me: Avocado Pesto

So sorry about yesterday, I had post prepared, but in the end I wasn’t impressed with it-so it had to go. I did re-strategize and planned on doing a leather jacket post today; however last night was packed with errands and things I had to check off my To-Do list. One of those To-Dos was modifying this recipe to make one of the most delicious pesto pastas I have ever had. Not only was it healthy, it was also a super easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box spaghetti 
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (cut in half long ways)
  • 2 medium/large avocados (about 12 ounces after removing the skin and seeds)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (two lemons)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil + extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan + extra for serving
  • 1 5.5 fluid ounces can of tomato juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or flake-style salt + pepper

Directions:

Tomatoes

Add olive oil to a sauce pan over medium heat, then add minced garlic and sauté. After the garlic has browned slightly add tomatoes and thyme, cook with lid on for 1-2 minutes. After the tomatoes appear slightly wilted removed from the heat and set aside.

Pesto

Roughly chop 1/2 cup of basil and put in the food processor. Scoop the avocado out of its skin and put in the food processor. Add the lemon juice , about 1/2 of a minced garlic from the tomatoes, 1/4 of the can of tomato juice, salt and pepper to taste. Process the mixture until smooth. Continue to slowly add more tomato juice until you get a nice, pesto-like consistency. Once you are satisfied, add grated Parmesan,and blend. Taste once more, add more salt and pepper if needed.

Pasta

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. I recommend doing so while making the pesto, to cut down on time.

Mix the pasta and pesto together in a large bowl until all of the pasta is covered. Top with sauteed tomatoes, extra Parmesan, and more basil for a garnish.

avocado pesto recipe

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I was running around like a mad woman.

Enjoy!

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