Creamy Avocado Pasta – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 26, 2011

Kelly sent this recipe for 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta from Oh She Glows. She’d made it, loved it, and thought it might be helpful for those dealing with food allergies…and can’t do white sauces with pasta.

I was mainly intrigued because it was “something else to do with spaghetti noodles.” We eat spaghetti on average 3-4 times a month…usually with a meat or marinara sauce and on occasion with garlicky-olive oil sauce. So I was ready for something new…and this was just it.

I (big, giant, thumping heart) love avocados. (imagine the emoticon here.)

I often tell friends over a bowl of guacamole that if I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life…it would be avocado. And that I’d want chips and guacamole for my last meal.

So yes, I jumped at the chance to make this. The original recipe called for just 6 oz. of pasta…and we generally need 12 oz. for our family. So I doubled the sauce (didn’t end up needing it all), but I’ll include it for a good hearty 4 portions.

I used a box of whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles…wanted to make sure the water could boil and pasta cook in less than 15…trying to keep in step with the original recipe. And also…this box of noodles was FREE. Bought when on sale for $1, with a $1 off coupon.  Yippee!

A fabulously inexpensive dinner. And if you wish to go non-vegetarian and add some grilled chicken on top or on the side, you could still make this for less than $5!!!

Oh, and we had a super fun time “twirling” the noodles against a spoon…we hadn’t taught the kids to do that yet…probably because the meat sauce we usually have with spaghetti noodles gets in the way and doesn’t make for “smooth twirling.” :)

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Creamy Avocado Pasta

Adapted from 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles (Free)
  • 2 medium avocados ($.98) $.49 from Aldi the other week!
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon ($.50)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil ($.06)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, or 3 cloves crushed ($.10)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (from the garden), optional
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkles of Parmesan cheese ($.20)
  • 2 broccoli heads ($.75) My store has recently had several 4 heads/$1.50 sales

Directions

  • Boil the noodles as directed in salted water.
  • Meanwhile, add the avocados, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic to food processor or blender. Puree. (I did have to add a little water to get the blender to make the puree.)
  • Drain the noodles, toss with the creamy avocado sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
  • Serve Creamy Avocado Noodles with Broccoli.

Cost $2.59

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Mom's Plans September 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I am one of those people with food intolerances, so I appreciate this recipe. It looks delicious and has already made its way to next week’s menu plan. I can’t wait!

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Kristia@Family Balance Sheet September 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

My whole family loves avocados. I have 3 on my counter right now that aren’t quite ripe enough yet and my 3 yo is having fit, because she can’t eat them.

Thanks for the linkup.

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Bex September 27, 2011 at 1:27 am

YUMMMM I cannot wait to try this. I used to get this chicken pasta dish that had an avocado cream sauce. I’m dying to try this to see if it’s close to that beloved dish. Mmmm Thanks!

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Tricia September 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

Oh I agree. Avocado heaven! Definitely adding this to the pasta night rotation. Thank you.

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mary w September 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I’ve learned you can pretty much put anything on top of pasta and it works. But I must admit that I never thought to put guacamole :-)

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Amanda September 28, 2011 at 7:16 am

Hey Erin, did the “sauce” turn brown at all? Thanks

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

Ours did not…there wasn’t any leftover…it might have if I’d saved the leftovers.

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Xiuix October 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I am going to try this with Mushrooms :D. Sounds delicious. I <3 Avo also

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karen October 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm

mmmmmmmmmm. may have to try it! Also can put lemon slices in my water to make it fancy. HAHAHAH! problem is I blow through the water like nobody’s beewax. Is it really that creamy? or is it b/c i am thinking more like alfredo sauce creamy. I still have that avacado coupon so i might try it. see if hubby likes it too! :)

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Tiffany October 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I made this last week, and I have to say, it was DELICIOUS!!! My local grocery store has avocados on sale for $1 this week, and I think I’m going to make it again!

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Malisa December 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I made this a couple weeks ago and I am making it again tonight, we liked it so much! Both times I have added leftover chicken and it is just delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Tonight I’m going to add some fresh thyme and see how that tastes.

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Amy Caldwell December 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I have made this a couple of times now for dinner, and I must say it is delicious. My hubs and I both have enjoyed it both times. I make it with GF Brown Rice noodles, and last time I added some homemade salsa. It is delicious!!!

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Jalee Scott December 22, 2011 at 12:52 am

Amy (^comment above) sent me this recipe when I found out my son had 20 food allergies. I made it tonight and after the first bite he exclaimed, “I LOVE this!” After days of taking favorite foods AWAY from him, I almost cried in relief. Thank you so much!

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Rachel F October 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I have been making something like this for a while now. I add some pasta water to thin it out, it adds a bit more flavor than plain water. I also add some lightly toasted pine nuts to the mixture to give it another flavor profile. It is great with some simply sauteed or baked fish added to it also.

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