There are good fats and bad fats. I don’t know the exact difference, but I remember hearing somewhere that avocado counts as the good fats. Really that was all I needed to justify my addiction to avocados. Mash an avocado up and sprinkle some garlic powder on it and you have guacamole. Cut it in half and drop a spoonful of chicken salad onto it and you have lunch. Some people even fry these puppies…though I’m pretty sure that drifts over into the bad fats category. Today we are going to look at one more fantastic use of these little green monsters.
If you are cooking dinner for four, I have a perfect recipe for the main course…Creamy Avocado Pasta. And if you aren’t convinced just from hearing the name, let me also add, I cooked this for under $4. Dinner for four? Less than $1 per person? I think yes. I don’t know about you, but cooking on a budget has me always on the lookout for sales in the grocery store and cheap dinner recipes online, and this one is a keeper.
I only had to buy a couple of things from the grocery store – noodles ($1.08), 2 avocados ($.99 each) and garlic ($.10). I used a lemon from my back yard lemon tree, olive oil from a huge bottle in the pantry, basil leaves from my mom’s garden, parmesan cheese from the back of the fridge, and salt and pepper that we keep in the house. That means I cooked this dinner for $3.16. Below is a list of ingredients you will need. You can purchase them for around $5.00 total from Wal-Mart on Harvey Mitchell Rd.
12 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles
2 medium avocados
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 t minced garlic or 3 crushed cloves
6 basil leaves, optional
Salt & pepper
Parmesan cheese sprinkled over top
Cook the whole wheat noodles in a pot of boiling water, following the directions on the back of their package. While these are cooking, in a blender (or food processor), puree avocados, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. You may have to add a little bit of water to the mixture to get it to puree.
Drain the noodles and mix in the avocado sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and lemon zest over the top of the pasta and serve!
If you are preparing this dish for a dinner party, you probably want to think about preparing a couple sides to go with this. You can opt for the ever-classic garlic bread and salad to go with your pasta dish, or choose your favorite vegetable dish. Grilled zucchini or steamed broccoli would be good options. If you feel like you want to add meat to your dinner, toss some grilled chicken breast on top of your finished pasta and voila!
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