With its rich and flavorful nutty undertones, avocados provide the perfect backdrop to this twist on traditional Alfredo sauce. Good warm or cold, this scrumptious dish will soon be a delicious family favorite!
Recipe: Avocado Fettuccini
Serving size: 1 cup prepared
Servings per recipe: 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
- 8 oz. - Fettuccini noodles, dry
- 1 ea - Avocado, large
- 2 cloves - Garlic
- 1 ea - Lemon, juiced
- Sm handful - Basil, fresh
- 1/4 cup - Milk, 2% (or water) to thin it out
- 1/4 cup - Parmesan cheese, shredded
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta as directed on package. While the pasta is cooking, make sauce. In a food processor pulse to mince the garlic and basil. Add the lemon juice, avocado, and one tablespoon of water. Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed. If the sauce is too thick, you can add more water or milk a small amount at a time until you reach desired consistency. Season to taste. Add sauce to noodles and serve warm. To serve cold, thin sauce with milk until desired consistency is reached.
Low-carb option: Serve avocado sauce on top of zucchini noodles!
Suggested toppings: Fresh diced tomatoes, Fresh herbs, minced, Roasted pine nuts
Avocado trivia: Avocados are actually a fruit with more potassium than a banana.
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