Say hello to easy weeknight dinners with avocado pesto pasta

by | Mar 6, 2024 | Food and Recipes

Perfect for those busy evenings, this easy-to-make recipe combines the creamy richness of avocados from Mexico with the savoury goodness of sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and a burst of fresh basil. Ready in a flash, it’s the perfect tasty and hassle-free dinner. Dive into delightful flavours with minimal effort.

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 box (454 g) of pasta of choice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups (500 ml) mozzarella balls

Pesto

  • 1 medium, ripe avocado from Mexico, peeled and pitted
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves

Garnish

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) pine nuts, toasted
  • Fresh basil, to taste
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine all pesto ingredients and process for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth. Taste and season as necessary.
  3. Add pine nuts to a small saucepan. Heat over medium temperature and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until fragrant and toasted.
  4. In a large saucepan, add pesto and heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add in cooked pasta and reserved pasta water as needed. Grate in Parmesan cheese and add in sun-dried tomatoes.

Add pesto-coated pasta to a large bowl and mix with mozzarella balls. Garnish with toasted pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and basil.

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