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Creamy Avocado Pesto

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If you are anything like me, you can never eat too much avocado. Sliced, diced or mashed, I put the fruit in or on practically everything. That said, this was my first time putting it on pasta. I was a bit nervous at first. I didn't want my avocado pesto to resemble guacamole on pasta. Luckily, it didn't. It was creamy and full of flavor.

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Ingredients

 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
 2 avocados
 ½ lime, juiced
 2 cloves garlic
 4 servings pasta, linguini or spaghetti
  cup olive oil
 ¼ cup pine nuts, chopped
 Cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
Yields1 Serving
Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

Instructions

1

Cook pasta according to directions.

2

In a medium skillet, add just enough olive oil to coat the pan over a medium-high heat. When the oil has warmed, it will appear water-like and begin to shimmer.

3

Add the cherry tomatoes, let them cook for a few minutes so that they sear. Flip the tomatoes so they sear on the opposite side. When both sides are seared, remove them from the heat.

Pan Seared Tomatoes 1

4

Add the garlic to the food processor and mince it.

5

Pit the avocados. (See my video on pitting avocados)

6

Add in the remaining olive oil and the lime juice and mix well. Then add in the lime zest and avocado meat, puree until slightly chunky.

Avocado Pesto 1

7

Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado sauce and the tomatoes.

Avocado Pasta 1

8

Chop the pine nuts and the cilantro separately to be used as garnish.

Chopped Pine Nuts 1

9

Garnish and enjoy!

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Ingredients

 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
 2 avocados
 ½ lime, juiced
 2 cloves garlic
 4 servings pasta, linguini or spaghetti
  cup olive oil
 ¼ cup pine nuts, chopped
 Cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Directions

1

Cook pasta according to directions.

2

In a medium skillet, add just enough olive oil to coat the pan over a medium-high heat. When the oil has warmed, it will appear water-like and begin to shimmer.

3

Add the cherry tomatoes, let them cook for a few minutes so that they sear. Flip the tomatoes so they sear on the opposite side. When both sides are seared, remove them from the heat.

Pan Seared Tomatoes 1

4

Add the garlic to the food processor and mince it.

5

Pit the avocados. (See my video on pitting avocados)

6

Add in the remaining olive oil and the lime juice and mix well. Then add in the lime zest and avocado meat, puree until slightly chunky.

Avocado Pesto 1

7

Toss the cooked pasta with the avocado sauce and the tomatoes.

Avocado Pasta 1

8

Chop the pine nuts and the cilantro separately to be used as garnish.

Chopped Pine Nuts 1

9

Garnish and enjoy!

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Creamy Avocado Pesto