I was scrolling through the channels the other day and landed on Food Network’s Trisha Yearwood’s show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She had a vegetarian guest on and they were making Avocado Pesto Toast (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/avocado-pesto-toast). I didn’t copy the recipe down and I didn’t go back to look it up when I made this for dinner but my recipe and hers is pretty close. Next time I’ll remember the lemon. That would be even better.
Why avocado pesto? Some people, my daughter included, find a full basil pesto too much. Basil is a powerful flavor and it can be overwhelming. Cutting down on the basil with avocado (or Swiss Chard, Spinach, Arugula, Asparagus, or some other green) is a really good alternative. The avocado lends the sauce a smooth, rich mouth feel and is good for you too!
The best thing is that this is a no cook sauce and serves 2 – 4.
Pot for Spaghetti
2 oz package of pine nuts
1 package fresh basil (about 1/2 cup) stems removed
1 cup shredded parmesan
1 4oz package avocado (guacamole that is just avocado) (or 1 whole fresh avocado)
1 Tblsp minced garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon juice (2 Tblsp Optional)
In a large pot, cook 12oz spaghetti according to package directions.
While the water comes to a boil and you cook the spaghetti, add the pine nuts, cheese, garlic, basil and guacamole to the blender.
Blend until smooth drizzling in the olive oil. Add the lemon juice if you so desire. If it’s too thick, add up to 1/2 cup of water. Adding more oil can make the pesto too greasy and the avocado is already pretty fat.
(Note: I probably should have spun the dry pine nuts a few times to break them up first, then added the basil, then the rest but, it all worked out in the end.)
Drain the cooked pasta, put in serving bowl, add the pesto and toss to coat.
My hubby loved the meal. He didn’t find the basil overpowering and the avocado gave the meal a nice rich feel.
Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. Do you have a favorite pesto supper? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.
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