Avocado Pasta

It’s Wednesday and I am finally catching up from a very unproductive weekend.  I got hooked on Downton Abbey and my entire weekend was spent watching it.  I can’t remember the last time I didn’t do anything except watch TV.  Honestly, it was quite nice to do that.

Until last Friday I never watched an episode of Downton Abbey.  I heard people talk about it so I finally had to see for myself what all the buzz about this show was.  I was hooked after the first episode.  Funny thing was until about the fourth episode I was calling it Downtown Abbey, finally realizing it was Downton not Downtown.  I started watching season 1 after I put the kiddos to be on Friday night.  I was up half the night watching it.  Between Friday evening and Sunday I watched both season 1 and 2, and a few episodes I watched twice to catch Mr. Mother Thyme up on the ones I watched after he went to bed.  Sunday I got absolutely nothing done except wanting to see if the very handsome Matthew and Mary would ever be together.  And if you watch this series you know I had to finally jump into season 3.  So now I’m caught up and anxiously awaiting Sunday for another dose of Downton Abbey.  The story line is amazing and I now want to travel to England, move into Downton Abbey and transport myself back to 1920. 

Forty-eight hours later it was time to get back to reality, stop speaking with an English accent, and feed my family.  Since I don’t have any footers or a butler to serve my family dinner, it was time to head to the kitchen and whip something up for us.  One of my favorite go to dishes is Avocado Pasta.  All the ingredients I always have on hand.  I have tried many variations and came up with my own version which is always a hit with the kids.  It’s creamy from the avocado, a touch of half and half and parmesan.  It incorporates so many great flavors and is easy enough to make any night of the week.  It is great alone, or as a side dish with Cilantro-Lime Chicken.

Avocado Pasta

Prep Time: PT15-20M

Total Time: PT15-20M

Yield: 4 servings

Avocado Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the avocado in half, remove the core and spoon out the meat and place in a food processor or blender with half and half, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, lime juice and garlic clove. Blend on high until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss with warm pasta and serve warm or chilled.
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Comments

  1. Ha. I laughed when I read you downton abbey story. That’s so what I’ve been going through.,,getting hooked, getting caught up, and speaking in an accent. Love the show! The recipe looks delicious and I plan on making this tonight.

  2. This kind of pasta is my favorite kind! I love it. I haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet but I keep hearing such great things about it!

  3. I love Downton Abbey too, so glad you are watching now! :) This pasta looks so creamy and delish!

  4. I have been hearing about it for months now Jen but like you never seen an episode. Maybe this weekend I shall start? I get ridiculously addicted to shows though!
    I’ve never really liked the idea of avo in a hot dish but this just looks so inviting and I love how easy it is.

  5. This is probably going to be my new addiction. You know I’m not going to share it with anyone, just hoard it all myself. I really need to watch Downton Abbey. I’ve never seen it but I think I need to!

  6. Oh, I love the idea of having this with cilantro lime chicken!

  7. I haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet but I’m scared to because I’m worried I’ll be way too hooked!

    Now this pasta – uh yes please! I could never turn down anything avocado-related!

  8. Two things that pain me to admit: I’ve never had an avocado in my life. And even though I have the first disc of season 1 in my possession, I still haven’t popped it in the machine. Maybe today… or tomw? Definitely sometime before Monday lol :)

  9. I haven’t started season 3 yet – a friend’s got it saved on dvr and I can’t wait to catch up! And this pasta looks incredible. I never thought to combine avocado and pasta, but I can’t wait to try it :)

  10. Hi Jennifer its my first time here and my first time to hear about Avocado Pasta. It looks very delish I will try and make this one in the future. :)

  11. I love this concept-I bet its super silky!

  12. I have had a version of this before, and I love it. I could probably live on avocados!
    I have not seen Downtown Abbey before, but I hear everyone talking about it. I think I might need to get it the DVD’s!

  13. OooOh! Just added this to our meal plan for Tuesday! The avocados have been so yummy.

    And about Downton… I like miss the characters when I’m not watching it… hahah So glad you love it!

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