I am so excited to be partnering with Hass Avocado to share with you my new found love of avocados and all the health benefits they offer. As always, even though this post was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As a kid, I ran away from anything that had avocado in it. It was one of those ridiculous situations where I had never really tried an avocado but was convinced I didn’t like it. Thankfully, as an adult, I became a little wiser and fell in love with avocados. I eat them on toast, in salads and, of course, in guacamole. I have also started cooking with avocados more and it all started with this creamy baked avocado pasta.
Avocados not only taste delicious but they have so many health benefits. A fresh avocado is cholesterol and sodium free. Plus, they are full of good fat which is an important part of any healthy diet. We always keep at least one Hass avocado around the house so we can use it as a snack alone or toss it into a recipe we are making. A great way to use them is to make sauces creamy without the addition of milk or cream like I did in this pasta dish.
What You’ll Need:
16 oz ziti
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp avocado oil
1 large, ripe Hass Avocado
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Let’s Make It:
1) Preheat the oven to 325 degree. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Cook the pasta according to the package directions, subtracting 3 minutes from the cooking time. Drain.
3) Add garlic and basil to the food processor. Pulse 2-3 times. Add lemon juice, avocado and salt. Turn on and add oil while running. If too thick, add about 1 Tbsp of water.
4) Combine pasta and avocado sauce and stir to coat pasta. Pour into casserole dish. Top with cheeses. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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