creamy avocado veggie pasta

I finally got to make dinner for my family tonight.  With everything that’s been going on, we’ve been eating whatever we can find and throw together in 10 minutes or less.  Still nutrient dense + healthy but a bit boring + repetitive.

I knew I wanted to make something that no one had ever tried before.  It’s actually new to me too! 

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I’ve been all about avocados lately, so I grabbed a few not even knowing what I would make with them.

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I cook a lot of quinoa + millet dishes, but not too much pasta.  Just a preference thing.  But tonight, pasta sounded perfect.  A pasta dish filled with vegetables.  I decided to combine avocado with chickpeas to make a thick, creamy sauce.  The chickpeas add a kick of protein and help to bulk up the sauce. 

This could probably double as a veggie dip, too!

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I packed as many veggies into the pan as possible.  Then, I mixed in the avocado cream sauce and a bit of the pasta cooking water to thin it out.

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Dinner for a family of 8 was done in 35 minutes. 

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Creamy Avocado Sauce + Veggie Pasta [serves 8-10]

Sauce

  • 2 avocados
  • 1c chickpeas
  • 1/2c walnuts, soaked for 4+ hours
  • 3/4c basil, loosely packed
  • 6T lemon juice
  • 1.5t lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1T sunflower oil
  • 3/4t salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. In a large food processor add the garlic and turn on until minced.
  2. Scrape the bowl and add the avocado, chickpeas, walnuts, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, salt + pepper.
  3. Turn on and let process until smooth and creamy.  Scrape down the sides as necessary.
  4. Taste and add more salt + pepper if desired.
  5. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Pasta

  • 16-20oz dry [gluten free] pasta
  • 1c pasta cooking water
  • 3c broccoli, chopped
  • 1lb asparagus, ends trimmed + chopped in half
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 10oz baby portabella/crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4c basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1T sunflower oil
  • 1/4-1/2t salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • toasted walnuts/parmesan cheese/toasted pepitas/basil [optional toppings]
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions and reserve 1c of the cooking water when you strain the pasta.  Rinse the pasta with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil.
  3. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for 30sec-1min until just starting to brown.
  4. Add the broccoli and asparagus and cook for 5-7min, until just starting to soften.  Stir frequently.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3-4min, stirring frequently. 
  6. Add the red pepper for 1-2min until slightly softened.  Stirring a few times.
  7. Add the pasta, as much avocado sauce as desired, and start with 1/2c of the reserved cooking water.  Toss with tongs to combine.  Add more cooking water if needed.
  8. Cook for 2-3min until the pasta if heated through.
  9. Mix the basil in, in the last minute.
  10. Add optional toppings and serve immediately.

notes:  I used Lundberg brown rice pasta.  If you cook according to package directions and immediately rinse with cold water, the noodles will not have a gummy texture.  Feel free to sub your favorite noodles.  When using the full 20oz of pasta [2 Lundberg boxes] I also used all of the avocado sauce. 

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I love cooking for the family, and I don’t think they mind either. 

Next up?  Dessert!

Ashley