Saturday, July 30, 2011

Creamy Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

*Updated: This post was featured as a guest post on Flex Your Food.  Check it out here.*

Are you ready for guacamole-pasta?  What’s not to love?!  Summer screams guacamole to me.  I’ve made this several times and I think I love it more and more each time.  The texture of the avocado creates a creamy sauce and, when paired with cilantro and garlic, tastes just like guacamole.  I added the roasted grape tomatoes because, why not add roasted grape tomatoes?  And perfection it creates all wrapped up in a quick and simple weeknight meal.

Avocados are so good right now and when eaten in moderation, are very good for you as well.  They are loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also contain monounsaturated fats which can help promote heart health.I’m craving healthy today.  Our gym has been closed all week for “annual maintenance” so I’ve been doing the best that I can to get some activity outside (without sweating my face off) and a little yoga here and there inside.  It’s tough to have a shake up in your routine like that though.  I’m a morning exerciser so while it’s been nice to sleep in a bit this week, I can say that I can’t wait until my alarm goes off at 4:30 on Monday morning.  Ouch, actually saying (typing) that hurts a little.

Questions for today:
What’s your fitness routine?
How do you stay motivated?
How do you hold yourself accountable?

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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Yield: 2 servings

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup grape tomatoes
1 ripe California Avocado, pitted
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic cloves, to taste
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro
1 tsp. dried oregano
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 servings of your choice of pasta (I used whole wheat penne)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss tomatoes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and dust with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes until the tomatoes begin to burst open.

Cook the pasta to al dente, according to the instructions on the package.
Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic cloves, and lemon juice into a food processor and process until smooth. Add in the olive oil, cilantro, oregano and salt and continue to process, scraping down the sides as needed. Add more olive oil if you prefer a thinner sauce.

When pasta is done cooking, strain and set aside in a large bowl. Toss the sauce with the cooked pasta until all the pasta is coated. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and the roasted tomatoes. Serve immediately*. Serves 2.

*The sauce doesn’t reheat well so planning for leftovers is not a good idea. Try to make just what you’ll need for your meal.

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows

Join Dine & Dish and Cookin’ Canuck for the California Avocado 4th of July Blast, sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.
 

34 Responses to “Creamy Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes”

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    Erin — July 30, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Love this recipe! Tomatoes and cilantro are a great change! I can't wait to make this again!!

    I run, and usually in the morning!! Can't wait for my son to go back to school so I can get in my normal routine again (drop off at bus stop, run, shower, go about my day)

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    Peggy — July 30, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I wish I had your motivation to wake up at 4:30am! I'm currently training for my first half-marathon in October (and I've slacked a little bit the past couple of weeks, but it's so darn hot outside! – and I HATE running on a treadmill) and as much as I wish I could have a constant routine – my work schedule just doesn't allow it! But I've been trying to do something active at least 6 days a week, whether it be running, or doing the various sports I'm involved in!

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    bakerbynature — July 30, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I have been stuck in a (wonderful) guacamole phase so this would be a great way to break the recent dinner mold!

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    Parsley Sage — July 30, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    This pasta looks incredible. You're right, what's not to love!? It's cool to take a break from working out every now and then, gives your body a bit of a break :) I'm an evening exerciser…I like to go right after work so I can work out whatever anger has inevitably built up during the day :)

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    In Katrina's Kitchen — July 30, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    I'm in love with this dish. I have been wanting to get some avocado on but they are $2.50 each at our grocery store right now. Sigh.

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    Tina @flourtrader — July 30, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Great cold pasta dish, I am loving the use of avocados here-yum! I don't imagine there would be any leftovers.
    I am an early riser too, working out for 1 hr 5 days a week.

  7. #
    Kate@Diethood — July 30, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Ah that pasta looks fantastic! Love the inclusion of avocado…I love that it's so delicious and versatile!

  8. #
    German Mama — July 30, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    This sounds delicious. I am always on the lookout for quick & easy pasta recipes.

  9. #
    Mom on the Run — July 30, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    This dish looks yummy! I am always looking for a new way to serve pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  10. #
    Carolyn — July 31, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Guacamole as pasta sauce…pretty brilliant in my humble opinion!

  11. #
    Curry and Comfort — July 31, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Okay you've got something great here. What a genius idea. I love it. I going to try this out at home for sure. I'm sending you virtual ***APPLAUSE*** Take a bow. : )

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    The Culinary Lens — July 31, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Mexitalian what a great idea combining two of my favorite cuisines.

  13. #
    Angie's Recipes — July 31, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    I love this pasta…so creamy, comforting and delicious.

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — July 31, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Cassie! This looks awesome! What a great alternative to traditional sauce or alfredo's. I have an exercise room in my basement so it's easy for me to jump on the treadmill or do some step aerobics in the am. If I don't exercise on a given day, I don't allow myself to indulge in anything beyond my meals and fruit for that day! Hope you get back into the swing of your routine soon! : )

  15. #
    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — July 31, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    This sounds like a perfect summer pasta dish! YUM!

  16. #
    DD — July 31, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    wow that looks very delicious and healthy!!!!

  17. #
    Ann — July 31, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    That looks fabulous! I love the avocado/pasta trend! Your questions were great! My fitness routine is walking my dog – a brisk 1.5 mile walk 3-5 days a week. How I stay motivated is seeing the scale go down and my clothes fit better. What holds me accountable? Blogging…the sole reason I started it!

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    meeshiesmom — August 1, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    What a great recipe. I love avocado and I especially love your twist with the pasta. I'm exercise in the morning person and am up by 4:30 every morning.
    Karen

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    Corina — August 1, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I love avocado and think this would be great cold as a pasta salad too! I run with a running club and have just entered a half-marathon so I can't back out of any training now!

  20. #
    iheartvegetables — August 1, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    This is such a good idea! I think I could convince my non-vegetarian friends to eat this! :)

  21. #
    Laney — August 1, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Looks delicious! I buy ripe avocados from the vendors market for cheap on the weekends, so it's nice to have a recipe that makes a nice meal out of them! Thanks!

  22. #
    carlyklock — August 1, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    I saw an avocado pasta salad recipe on Pinterest the other day and haven't been able to get it out of my head.

    I love adding half an avocado to my salad at lunch because it's so delicious and it sticks with me for the rest of the afternoon.

    I'm lucky in that the women on my block work out early in the mornings, and I can either go to Fusion or on a run with one of them. We love hooking up because having someone waiting on you is good motivation to get out of bed.

    I can't wait for it to start cooling down so running outside isn't so uncomfortable.

  23. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — August 1, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I wish I have your energy to wake up at 4.30, even at 6 it seems way to early for me.
    guacamole as a pasta sauce sounds great, who wouldn't love it?
    Thanks for sharing and congrats on top 9

  24. #
    eyster — August 1, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Congrats on your top 9!

  25. #
    Kim - Liv Life — August 1, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Guacamole pasta?? I love it!!! What a wonderful idea!! Congrats on a most well deserved Top 9.

    Motivated?? Struggling right now….

  26. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — August 21, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    love this…avocados, creamy pasta….heaven!

  27. #
    Anonymous — August 30, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    i made this dish im in love with it!!!!!

  28. #
    Katherine Martinelli — March 3, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I’ve totally had my eye on this recipe – I need to try it! Thanks for linking up at my pasta blog hop! Pinned :-)

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    Lori Lynn — March 9, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    Saw this on Maureen’s blog. Such a great idea. Can’t wait to try it out.
    LL

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