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Say ‘Yes’ to Pesto

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Spring is upon us, and I, for one, am so ready for warm weather. This past weekend, I wanted to cook a fresh and light dinner and decided to try the Avocado Pesto Pasta dish à la Chef Chloe. It hit the spot for me, and I’m definitely excited to use more recipes by this budding new vegan chef. Now see for yourself how easy it is to make this scrumptious dish!

Avocado Pesto Pasta
1 pound dried linguini
1 bunch basil leaves (about 2.5 ounces)
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (optional)*

*I’m not a huge fan of sun-dried tomatoes, so instead, I chose to use one sliced cherry tomato as a garnish.

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to package directions. While the pasta cooks, create the pesto by blending the basil, pine nuts, avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor. Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Drain the pasta. In a large serving bowl, toss the pesto with hot, freshly cooked pasta and garnish each serving with a basil leaf. For an extra touch of color and flavor, top the pasta with sun-dried tomatoes.

For a twist on this dish, check out our Sun-Dried-Tomato-and-Pesto Linguine recipe, which incorporates faux-chicken strips and vegan Parmesan cheese.

 

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  • Jo says:

    Just heard about zucchini spaghetti can’t wait to try it with the pesto.

  • MaybeK8e says:

    I made this yesterday, and loved it – yesterday! Today though, left over… not so much and I am so bummed! But my co-worker that I brought a sample in for loved hers and ate then what I wouldn’t eat and still raved about it.

    This recipe was so ridiculously easy and would taste great (the day of) with tofu or faux chicken strips.

    Side note, I used this good Ancient Harvest Quinoa spaghetti noodle (trying gluten free as well as cruelty free). And that was a good subsitution.

  • joevegan says:

    I can’t wait to try this with einkorn linguini. Also, “Betty Rawker” was selling a pasta made with raw zuccini spaghetti and her fresh pesto, this summer at the local farmers market…it was sooo good!

  • healthdesert says:

    health content is good

  • Danny says:

    Looks great , will try it.

  • MedeCure says:

    sound goods Avocado Pesto Pasta i have ate pasta but never prepared in my kitchen thanks to this recipes i will ask my wife to try this recipes.

  • Anne says:

    This looks yummy. I know that my husband will love it. Thanks.

  • Apunk says:

    That looks pretty good. Must try it!

  • Colorado Injury Attorneys says:

    Mmmm, that looks delicious! :D

  • pedja says:

    I tried this dish and the bass was delicious. One can only add a little more pepper would have to smell and taste a little better.

  • westnile34 says:

    Looks nutritional as well!

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