I always thought it was impossible to find a dish that’s easy to make, healthy and delicious until I discovered this pasta.
Sure, there are things that are quick and tasty but terrible for you (Annie’s mac and cheese is a guilty pleasure of mine) and then there are other recipes that are easy to prepare and healthy (like a salad, but how boring is that?) This recipe, on the other, checks all the boxes. It’s my absolute favorite recipe because it comes together so quickly, uses few ingredients, packs a nutritional punch and is just so good. This recipe is barely even a recipe because it’s basically the easiest thing you’ll ever cook. It’s also easily customizable (add chicken, shrimp, veggies, whatever) and the color of the sauce is pretty freaking cool.
You will need:
-A box of pasta (I like to use penne; you can sub out whole wheat pasta, brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta to make it even healthier.)
-One ripe avocado.
-One lemon, juiced.
-1/4 cup of olive oil.
-5 cloves of garlic, minced.
-Red pepper flakes to taste (optional.)
-Salt to taste.
-Feta cheese to taste (optional.)
Here’s how you do it:
-Cook pasta according to box’s directions.
-While the pasta is cooking, peel the avocado and chop it roughly. It doesn’t need to loo good, it just needs to be in small enough pieces that it breaks down in the blender.
-Blend avocado with lemon juice, garlic cloves, olive oil and salt and red pepper flakes to taste.
-When the pasta is done cooking, drain and return to pot with the avocado mixture.
-Toss the pasta in the sauce over very low heat.
-Plate the pasta, then top it off with a handful of crumbled feta – this part is totally optional but I love the salty tang the cheese gives this dish.
…And that’s it. So ridiculously easy, right? I promise you it tastes amazing, though. The recipe is super healthy thanks to all that avocado but it has that smooth, creamy taste you usually associate with heavy dishes like fettuccine alfredo. Give it a try! If you’re reheating it, be sure to add a bit of olive oil to the pasta before tossing it over the stove or microwaving…or just enjoy it cold!
Image via Chew Out Loud.