Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Avocado Dream Pasta

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
I didn't like avocados.

Crazy, I know.

And every -ous adjective you might conjure up.

Aren't you glad my insanity has been cured? This form of my insanity, at least, let's not get too excited. 

Do you want a little avocado in your pasta? Well, let's get to it.

Avocado Dream Pasta:
Serves 2, 15-20 minutes

1/3-1/2 pound pasta
1 avocado
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 pound large shrimp

Cook pasta according to directions.

Meanwhile, peel and pit the avocado. In a medium bowl, combine the avocado, yogurt, cilantro, garlic and parmesan with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and a pinch of salt, cooking until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until they are curled and pink, another 4-5 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot and add the avocado mixture and the shrimp, stirring to combine. Add just enough of the pasta water to coat the pasta and shrimp with the avocado sauce.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

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