Monday Musings: Quick Avocado-Parm Pasta Lunch for Two

I love to strip recipes down to their very-best ingredients.

When I was really little, my favorite foods were macaroni and cheese and grilled chicken in mushroom alfredo pasta. I loved and still love all things creamy. But I know that with that creamy texture comes calories, fat, sodium and sugar. So, I’ve finally come up with a solution to a dish that is creamy, delicious, full of healthy fats and nutrients, while cutting sugars, sodium and extra calories.

Note: If this is your first dance cooking with avocado, here is a quick video to tell if your avocado is ripe or if you need to discard it and try another one.

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Quick Avocado-Parm Pasta Lunch for Two

Ingredients:

2 cups of Catelli Smart Pasta

1 avocado

2 tbsp of Kraft parmesan cheese

 

Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2; recipe can be modified for more if desired

 

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Prep:

If you store your avocados in the refrigerator, you will want to pull one out to sit overnight so that it is room temperature by lunchtime the next day.

 

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Steps:

1. Bring 1 liter of water to a boil per cup of pasta. In this case, we’re making two cups so I boiled two liters of water. Add pasta to the boil and stir until water begins to boil again. If you are using Catelli Smart pasta, there is a guide on the back of the box on how to boil each cup of pasta to desired firmness. Some folks like to use salt in the boiling process, but I chose to forgo adding any salt. Let pasta boil for about 8 minutes until desired firmness achieved.

2. Peel avocado and slice into chunks. I wait until my noodles are done because once avocado is opened and sliced, the air will begin to brown the flesh. Curious why? Check out this link that explains the chemistry behind the browning of an avocado.

3. Pour out water, serve noodles into serving sizes into desired bowl, add avocado slices on top of the pasta. Portion 1 avocado half per cup of pasta (or more if you love avocado!).

4. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of parmesan on top of each serving of noodles. Sprinkle this on top or mix in with noodles as desired.

And Serve!

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Note on additional toppings: In the past, I’ve topped this pasta with applewood smoked bacon, which really sets a smokey and sweet flavor to the creaminess of the pasta, as well as some light pepper for a little kick!

I hope you enjoy this Nesting Nelson’s original recipe!

For more, come back every Monday for Monday Musings where I feature a recipe of my own or put my own spin on recipes I find around the web.

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