Tomato Avocado Pasta
Yay, it is Friday. My favorite day of the week! After a long
week, I finally get to do fabulous weekend stuff. Like going out for Italian food! Tonight I am meeting my friend Nicky, and we’ll have pasta at my favorite restaurant. I can hardly wait. I am a pasta girl at heart. Always have been, always will be.
When I became a vegan, I was worried that I won’t be able to enjoy this fabulous Italian dish anymore, since I always added tons of parmesan on top. And at the beginning this was actually true. Pasta without parmesan simply wasn’t the same. I was in a state of grief – parmesan grief. The world was a dark, dark place without this fabulous ingredient.
But as they say, time heals. Or in this case - avocado heals. Once I started to add avocado on top of my pasta, the world looked bright and sunny again. I now walk through life with a new found spring in my step. Ok, now I am getting a bit carried away…
Anyway, where was I ? Right, pasta plus avocado equals heaven. That being said, you shouldn’t dump a whole avocado on your noodles since this green baby has a lot of fat. Ideally, you shouldn’t eat more than 20 grams of fat per day (if you are following a low fat diet).
One avocado has about 40 grams of fat. Therefore, I don’t add more than a quarter of avocado on top of my pasta. If you wanna give this marvelous combo a try, I have the perfect recipe for you. This vegan pasta bowl is super easy to make, and only requires a few ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:
630 g (22,2 oz) tomato puree (the rustic kind with seeds, and pulp)
25 g (0,9 oz) basil
5 g (0,2 oz) garlic
Salt, to taste
1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Avocado chunks, to taste
Whole wheat pasta (penne)
Cook your noodles in salt water until they're al dente. The amount of salt should resemble that of a salty broth. The salt water enhances the taste of the whole wheat noodles. Once your noodles are done, drain them and set them aside. Then it's time to prepare your sauce. Add half of the tomato puree to a blender, and throw in the basil as well.
Then mix for about 1 minute, or until the basil is chopped finely. Then add this basil tomato mix to a stainless steel pan, and set the heat to medium. Add the remaining tomato sauce, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it came to a boil, remove the pan from the heat immediately.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the avocado. Don't cook your sauce any further. Pour the sauce on top of you noodles, and add the avocado chunks on top. You can a bit more lemon juice on top as well, if you like to add more than what the recipe calls for. That's it, enjoy your pasta.