But, every once in a while, we might come across a slightly bruised one that might not be so pleasing to the eye. Before you wince at the thought of throwing away your money, I mean avocado, we have a genius way to avoid wasting expensive fruit just because it’s grossing you out.
Fortunately, we’ve learned that eating a brown avocado is usually fair game, according to a food scientist who shared all the facts. And that should what are you going to do with a slightly bruised batch (which is perfectly safe to eat) that could be better disguised with something else? In addition to tossing it into a green smoothie or turning it into avocado bread, you can also use it to make a creamy avocado pasta sauce loaded with tons of DR-approved health benefits that will fulfill all your pasta dreams. I mean, to cry, it’s pasta *and* avocados, all on one plate. Need I say more?
Why are we so obsessed with this creamy avocado pasta sauce?
In a recent TikTok video from @growingannanas, Anna Engelschall shares her Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce recipe, which takes no more than a few minutes and is a great way to salvage browned avocados. For starters, if you have some picky eaters to feed (or maybe even yourself), this avocado pasta sauce will easily disguise any bruised or browned bits, making it just as appetizing as when it’s in its vibrant green.
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It’s then combined in the blink of an eye using a high powered blender turning this avocado-based salsa into a creamy, dreamy heaven. And last but not least, the recipe is made with tons of nutrient rich ingredients like lemon, spinach, garlic, olive oil, and avocado.
The health benefits of this avocado pesto sauce recipe
Where to start? Lemons, a staple among some of the longest-living people in the Blue Zones, are one of the best foods for increasing longevityaccording to Kristy Del Coro, MS, RD, a registered dietitian. The tart, lip-puckering fruit is packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps support immune function and helps protect the body from free radicals, she previously said Good + Good.
Meanwhile, olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, helps add healthy fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties to this delicious dish. And if you’re worried about a little garlic breath, trust us: it’s worth it. This spicy allium supports the immune system and is packed with vitamins and minerals that boost brain function.
And, on to what makes this recipe the perfect shade of pastel green: spinach and our beloved avocados. Spinach, for example, is the perfect leafy green to add to a sauce without overpowering the flavors of the other ingredients. It adds tons of folate to this recipe, which can help protect against breast cancer, plus potassium, which is essential for muscle activity and keeping blood pressure in check. Finally, spinach is packed with sleep, mood, and digestion-boosting magnesium (78 mg per 1/2 cup of cooked spinach), a nutrient that most adults are often deficient in.
Finally, avocados, the star of the show, are high in healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients that help protect vision. They’re also packed with magnesium, a mineral that can help the body fall asleep, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, formerly told Well+Good. Avocados also have about 58 milligrams of magnesium per fruit, a healthy serving that contributes to the recommended amount you need daily (310 to 420 mg for adults 18 and older). Needless to say, you’re already rushing to the kitchen to whip up this delicious avocado pasta sauce.
Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce Recipe
Makes 2 servings
1 avocado, pitted
1 cup spinach
1 lemon, in juice
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pasta water, or more as needed
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups rotini pasta, cooked
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
1. In a high-speed blender, combine avocado, spinach, lemon juice, garlic, pasta water, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding additional pasta water to achieve desired consistency.
2. Serve over cooked rotini pasta and serve immediately.
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