Creamy Avocado Pasta

I have no shame. It’s my birthday and I’m celebrating it to the max, telling the world that damn it, I’m 27 and HAPPY about it!

26 was an AWESOME year. I know I overuse that word, and my mother the editor will probably send me a list of more interesting adjectives as soon as she reads this. Anyway… the highlights:

– I ran a huge PR and qualified for Boston at the San Francisco marathon

– I applied for a million and a half teaching jobs and got one in Daly City. I didn’t even know where Daly City was until I looked up the HR page for the district, but I LOVE where I work and am thrilled to be there!

– I visited my 30th country (New Zealand)

– We moved to the Bay Area

– I found out I was pregnant!

– I ran the Boston marathon with my dad (and have managed to work that info into pretty much every post since then)

I think 27 will top 26 though. From what I hear, having a kid is life changing in a way nothing else can really match. Less than 4 months to go, and I can’t wait!

Anyway, there’s no real way to tie this pasta into all this nonsense, so I’m just going to tell you that both Mike and I adored it, it took maybe 20 minutes start to finish (including boiling the pasta!), and it’s incredibly delicious. I only had dried basil and I’m sure fresh would be better, but it’s like the creamiest, smoothest pesto imaginable.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a celebratory run to do and a cake to frost!

(adapted from Oh She Glows)

6-8 ounces brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)
1 large ripe avocado
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp dried basil
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil

Put a large pot of salted water over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, pulse the garlic, half the lemon juice and olive oil until smooth. Add the avocado, basil, and salt to taste, and continue to pulse until you have a creamy sauce. Add more salt, lemon juice, or basil as needed.

Drain the pasta and toss with the avocado sauce. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of black pepper.

14 Responses to “Creamy Avocado Pasta”

  1. 1 Kierstan May 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! Have a piece of cake for me. 🙂

    We love that pasta…have had it a few times. Adding some grape tomatoes is a great addition!

  2. 2 branny May 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    You did have a great year! I have made this recipe before…it is delicious. Tomatoes sound like a good addition too.

  3. 3 Kate May 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I had no idea it was your birthday or that you were such a young’in! You’re babier than my little brother! Happy Birthday!

  4. 4 Brianna May 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m so intrigued by this pasta! I don’t think I’ve ever had avocado in a hot dish, but it sounds really good. Cheers to the coming year and all the amazing changes it will bring!

  5. 5 Jen May 8, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Happy birthday, Cate! It has been a wonderful year for you on so many fronts. It’s been exciting to follow along with you and can’t wait to hear about all that 27 brings for you…especially with baby! 🙂

  6. 6 Moodles May 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

    For your birthday, I’m giving you a break from my editing. And the pasta does sound yummy!

  7. 7 Lizzy May 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Cate! What a great year for you!

    That avocado pasta looks right up my alley. And I have an avocado! I’ll have to make it this week. Yum : )

  8. 8 kathleen of the lushers May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday! It sounds like you had a great one. I’m adding bi-rite to my list of places to visit when we’re in SF again.

    We made this pasta tonight & it was delicious! I love the recipes you share…they get me out of my ingredient comfort zone & are always so good, so thank you.

    However, tonight, we also roasted some cauliflower & topped it with a cilantro pesto that also has raw garlic, so our breath…yeah.

  9. 9 Shannon May 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was sooo good! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

  10. 10 ErinsFoodFiles May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Aw crap. I missed wishing you a happy birthday! Happy belated birthday!!!!

  11. 11 Amanda May 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Happy belated birthday! I’m turning 27 later this year and honestly, a little scared! Your outlook and ambition, however, makes me feel a lot better.
    Good luck with the new addition on the way, and great site!

  12. 12 P August 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    thank you for this great recipe! i just tried this and it was a little thick for me. i was wondering if you had any suggestions for making it a little lighter.



    • 13 Cate August 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      You can probably thin it out with a little warm water. I would add it just a spoonful at a time and keep blending as you go so it doesn’t get too thin.

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