Ok, I have a confession.
Sometimes when I cook, I totally know what I am doing. I have an idea in my head and a plan to execute it. This is great and things go smoothly.
But then there are the times, when I am so indecisive. It’s like I am a chicken running around with its head cut off. Except I have a very sharp, very large knife in my hand.
Yeah, this is scary. My face gets all red and things are just a mess.
You know what though, when I do not know what the heck I am trying to make is when some of my best recipes are born.
Sure, it is chaotic and I make a HUGE mess and I create a whole lot of dishes for me to wash (which if you are wondering, the combination of hot soapy water and winter does not do well for my hands). And yeah, some of them do not turn out. But the ones that do, tend to be my most creative. Which = deliciousness!
So, here is the story of the pasta.
Basically, I was just going back and forth about what I wanted to make. I had a million ideas and just could not decide on one. Finally I decided. A tomato based italian pasta. Yeah, tomatoes. Not avocados.
So literally in the middle of adding parsley and olives to the pan filled with tomatoes I decided I did not want to make this. I suddenly had this idea brewing for avocado pasta. Then I remembered the the wedge of mediterranean gouda (gouda cheese with mediterranean herbs) sitting in my fridge.
And then I put the two together and made something awesome.
Guys, this is so easy, so simple, and so good. If you don’t have gouda cheese swap in parmesan that would be awesome too! You could even make this vegan by skipping the cheese, but we are not vegans and the cheese adds awesome flavor and creaminess. What can I say, we really like cheese.
And avocados. Obviously.
Creamy Avocado and Gouda Cheese Pasta
Serving Size: 4-6
- 1 pound fettuccine pasta
- 2 medium size ripe avocado's, pitted and removed from skins
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup milk or plain almond milk (I used skim milk)
- 3/4 cup mediterranean gouda or gouda cheese, finely shredded or grated
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
- salt and pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)
Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add your pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve a large coffee cup of the pasta water before draining. (Note that the pasta does not continue to cook in the sauce, so cook until desired doneness)
Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic and lemon juice into a food processor. Process until smooth. Make sure there are no longer any chunks of avocado, and then add the milk and process again until smooth. Add in the basil, cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy and you no longer see any cheese shreds. You want the sauce to be as smooth as possible.
When pasta is done cooking (don't forget to reserve some of the cooking water), drain in a strainer and place the pasta into a large serving bowl. Pour on the sauce, add toasted pine nuts and toss until fully combined. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce a bit. Garnish with fresh basil, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper. Serve immediately.
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