2013 – Gluten Free Living
Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta is absolutely delightful. Okay, I know what your thinking….Avocado sauce for pasta? Yikes. Well, it’s not yikes, it’s actually quite wonderful. My daughter-in-law posted a picture of this fantastic dish on her FaceBook site a few weeks back and I looked at it and said I want to try this recipe! So while we were visiting them over Valentine’s Day we re-made this recipe. We made one gluten free and one with regular wheat pasta. I have since made it again with many additions and it’s just one of those recipes that’s hard to kill! Quite frankly, I can’t get enough of the sauce! My husband is not an avocado lover which means when I make this recipe I make it for me to eat for lunches or when John is traveling. For fellow Texans if you think Guacamole Pasta with an Italian emphasis you won’t be too far afield. It’s yummy.
It’s actually quite healthy, too. Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta is a great recipe for Meatless Mondays, and quick enough to make up in a jiffy on days when you have little free time available to prepare a home-cooked meal. And, if you’re an avocado lover like me, you will adore this sauce. I can’t figure out what causes this recipe to be so special, but it really is. You will think I’ve gone off the deep end but I can’t get enough of this great recipe.
Candice found the recipe here at The Flourishing Foodie. Check out her blog sometime. She’s got some great stuff. The source for the recipe is here. Oh She Glows, the originator of this recipe, has a website dedicated to healthy vegan eating. For those of you with dietary needs or just trying to eat healthy or vegan you may want to comb through her recipes. The original recipe calls for basil which I think would enhance the flavors of this pasta recipe, but I didn’t realize it when we made this version. I will be adding it in subsequent versions, however. This dish is so hearty and filling
For those of you on the Eat To Live diet this is a great option. If you are vegan you can eliminate the parmesan cheese if you like. I made this recipe gluten free by using a rice flour-based pasta instead of one with wheat. The avocados are high in Omega 3 oils which are extremely healthy, too. If you’re looking for something different and you love the taste of avocados or guacamole, then consider making this tasty recipe. It’s a sumptuous treat.
When I originally posted this recipe in March of 2013, we used pictures from my daughter-in-law’s home. It was the dead of winter in Pennsylvania so the light was darker than normal, plus I had a poor camera and their plates were either red or black which were definitely not conducive to food photography. I recently remade this recipe (September 2014) and retook the pictures so you have a better idea of how lovely this pasta dish really is.
I do have a couple of recommendations. If you’re using fresh basil (the source recipe calls for 1/2 cup), I would suggest you cut that down to 1 or 2 tablespoons (or 1 teaspoon of dried basil). Any more basil than that and it overwhelms the dish. You can also eliminate the basil entirely which is what the adapted recipe and my daughter-in-law did when they made it. I love the avocado cream used in this recipe and prefer it not overwhelmed with basil, but that’s my personal preference.
When cooking with gluten free pasta, don’t use corn pasta. It’s AWFUL! Seriously. Use either a quinoa or brown rice flour pasta. Then, when you cook the pasta add it to rapidly boiling water and boil ONLY two minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pasta to soak in the water for about 15 more minutes before draining. This will get gluten free pastas cooked all the way through but not so that they become fragile with handling. If you cook the pasta any longer or even al dente it tends to tear. You need it to hold up well for this recipe.
I hope you give Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta a try sometime. It’s decidedly different but has quite a gourmet taste.
Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta has amazing gourmet taste due to making an avocado cream that’s stirred into the pasta.
Sprinkle pine nuts and parmesan cheese over top of individual servings as desired. If vegan, consider using a cheese alternative. This pasta dish is so quick and easy to prepare and assemble. While the tomatoes are roasting you can get everything else ready. Dinner can be ready in about 45 minutes – start to finish.
Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta is a great pasta dish to serve on Meatless Mondays.
Here’s what I did.
Boil your pasta. I used a gluten free pasta, but if you don’t have a gluten intolerance you can use regular wheat or whole wheat pasta. If using gluten free pasta, boil for 2 minutes at a rapid boil. Turn off heat. Allow pasta to sit in hot water and soak for 12-15 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, place halved grape or cherry tomatoes in a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over top of the tomatoes. Add salt and pepper and roast at 300 for about 30 minutes. Don’t over roast the tomatoes or they won’t hold their shape when you stir them into the pasta. You can use a toaster oven for this step if preferred.
Meanwhile, cut avocados in half. Remove pit and peel. Slice in quarters. Place avocados in blender or food processor. Add salt and olive oil.
Add 3 cloves of garlic and squeeze lemon juice into the avocado mixture. Add chopped fresh basil, if using.
Blend until mixture is smooth.
Drain the cooked pasta. Reserve at least 1 cup of pasta water to use for mixing the sauce into the pasta just in case it’s too thick. I find that if I use fresh basil this isn’t normally needed, but otherwise the avocado mixture can be so thick that it’s hard to stir into the pasta. Add creamed avocado mixture to the gluten free pasta and stir to combine.
Add tomatoes and stir gently to combine.
To serve, spread Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta on a plate. Sprinkle with pine nuts, then parmesan cheese, followed by salt and pepper to taste. Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta is healthy as well as delicious.
If you think of Guacamole Pasta you won’t be too far off from the wonderful taste of this recipe. It has a little bit of an Italian spin with the pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil if you added it to be processed with the avocados.
Here’s the recipe.
CREAMY AVOCADO AND TOMATO PASTA
- 10 – 12 small Campari tomatoes, quartered, or 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 4-5 tbsp. olive oil, divided use
- 8-oz. gluten free fettuccine or linguini noodles (or noodles of your preference)
- 3 ripe avocados, pit and skin removed
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled (or use 1 tablespoon minced garlic from a jar)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- juice of one lemon
- 1 or 2 tbsp. chopped, fresh basil, if desired
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 cup reserved pasta water (if necessary)
- Preheat oven to 300º.
- Wash and halve the tomatoes.
- Place in a baking dish sprayed with olive oil cooking spray.
- Drizzle with 1 – 2 tbsp. olive oil, just enough to make the tomatoes glisten.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the oven.
- Do not overcook the tomatoes or they will become mushy.
- While tomatoes are roasting, fill a large pot with water and a sprinkle of salt.
- Bring to a rapid boil.
- Add the dry pasta to the water and cook two minutes.
- Turn off heat and allow noodles to sit in hot water for 15 minutes to finish cooking.
- This is really important. If you cook the noodles to complete doneness they will shred and not hold their texture when you stir everything together.
- While the pasta is boiling, add 2 tbsp. olive oil, avocados, garlic, salt, basil (if using), and lemon juice to a food processor.
- Pulse until the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
- Strain the pasta, (reserving one cup) and combine with the sauce in a large bowl, until all the pasta has been covered.
- Add reserved noodle water if needed (see note below), and combine until smooth.
- Gently stir in the roasted tomatoes; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
- Add some salt and black pepper to taste.
Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta has a wonderful avocado taste. The grated parmesan cheese enhances the robust flavor of the pasta and the pine nuts add a nice crunch.
Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of this amazing pasta dish. Creamy Avocado and Tomato Pasta can be whipped up in less than an hour! You can have a healthy, gluten free meal ready in about 45 minutes. Come join me for dinner, avocado lovers!
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