It has been a heck of a long time since I’ve shared a recipe here! Actually, it’s been over a week since I’ve devoted much time to the blog at all (forgiveness, please). I feel like I’m up to my eyeballs in wedding “stuff.” The big day is a little over 8 weeks away and I have favor labels, table runners, photobooth props, programs and tissue paper garlands to make. Phew! Oh, and escort cards, too. I hope I can get it all done in time.
So, since my non-wedding related time is limited at the moment, quick and easy meals are ideal. Recently I was home at lunch time and lacking inspiration. I do love pasta, and I do love avocados, and we happened to have both on hand in the house. So, I whipped up an easy (and creamy) avocado “sauce” to go on my pasta.
I feel like the “Creamy” part of the recipe name is a little deceiving, since there aren’t actually any dairy products in the sauce. Avocados are just awesome like that, creamy all on their own.
Creamy Avocado Sauce Ingredients*:
- 1 ripe hass avocado
- Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (plus more if needed, to thin the sauce)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Cooked pasta, any shape (I used fusilli)
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
*measurements are approximate. Start with your avocado and olive oil as a base, and feel free to add more or less of an ingredient, depending on your preference.
Slice and pit the avocado and place it in a bowl. Mash it up and add the olive oil, chopped cilantro, salt and pepper, and minced garlic, mashing and stirring to incorporate them all together. I suppose you could also just use a food processor. If the mixture is too thick, add more olive oil until it’s as thin as you’d like it to be. Stir the sauce into your cooked pasta. Serve with freshly grated parmesan (or any cheese you like) on top!
This recipe makes about 2 servings, double the proportions if you’re cooking for 4, and so on.
I think this sauce would be great with other ingredients added in, like tomatoes, or a different kind of cheese. You could also try substituting the cilantro for basil. Let me know if you try it!