Monday, April 28, 2014

Secret Recipe Club Reveal: Avocado Pesto Pasta

 It is that time of the month, where I reveal the recipe I made for The Secret Recipe Reveal Day. I enjoy this day. Each month we are assigned a blog that we then choose a recipe from to share on our given reveal day. I enjoy the days leading up to it. I enjoy preparing a new recipe that came from someone else's kitchen. This month I didn't purposely wait till last minute, I had a plan, but it ended up being a bit later than I would have liked because my girls ended up being sick with a stomach bug. 

My assigned blog was "Sew You think You Can Cook", authored by the beautiful Lauren. She is an aerospace engineer, living in the Florida Panhandle, but has dreams of being a caterer..how fun does that sound?! Check out her blog for some great recipes. She loves to quilt, cook and cross stitch. I love to cook and used to cross stitch, then I had kids and haven't taken time to take it up again though I've been wanting to. 

I marked about 4 recipes from Lauren. Her Lasagna Roll Ups, her Caramel Filled Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (still plan to make these..duh), and her Pierogi (we love Pierogi so I'd love to try them from scratch). I let my youngest daughter choose and she opted for her Roasted Shrimp and Avocado Pesto. I decided to make it with chicken since I'm really the only one who likes shrimp. I also used regular linguine noodles. 
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp or in our case chicken
  • 8 oz brown rice noodles or regular noodles
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 C fresh basil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 C shredded asiago cheese
  • salt and white pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 deg.
  2. Cook brown rice noodles according to package directions.
  3. Place shrimp on a greased baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and a little squeeze of lemon. Roast for 10 minutes.
  4. In a food processor combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Toss noodles and shrimp with as much avocado pesto you want.
**In the case of the chicken, I sliced it and cooked it in a skillet in oil. Season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder.

**I added a bit more basil and asiago cheese to the sauce, and a little less lemon juice. I also added some olive oil. I was nervous that I'd put too much lemon in it. In the end I think maybe I would have added more. 

This was so easy and quick, definitely something that could be made at the last minute if you keep the simple ingredients on hand. I've always shied away from homemade pesto because it seemed so expensive what with Basil and pine nuts always in the ingredients. This is an inexpensive option. 


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With Joy UNquenchable,

20 comments:

  1. I've been tempted to try avocado pesto but never went for it - seems quite interesting, though -

    Very nice choice for SRC, I hope you are having fun browsing the other posts... some great stuff this month!

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    1. I know...certainly caught my eye! The taste and texture is smoother than typical pesto but really good. My hubby actually put it on bread (because he didn't know it was for the pasta at first) and said it was good.

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  3. That looks fresh, tasty, and PERFECT for spring!! Yumm!!

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    1. Thanks...yes...it is perfect for spring. I think it would be great with asparagus either mixed in or on the side.

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  4. I love the idea of avocado in pesto... so creamy and delicious!!

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  5. Avocado pesto sounds so delicious. I need to try this in the future. Great SRC post

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  6. What a great pesto alternative. This pasta dish sounds perfect! Great pick this month :)

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  7. Pesto is amazing and I love that this one has avocados in it! I can't get anyone in the family to eat it (of course, they all eat brussel sprouts!). Gonna have to try this one and sneak it in :)

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    1. :) my family is the opposite...loves pesto, dislikes brussel sprouts

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  8. Yum! So tasty sounding! Avocado in pesto. Great pick!

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  9. This looks amazing. I'm always looking for alternatives to the traditional basil and pine nut pesto, and I can't wait to try this one. We would love this with shrimp or chicken.

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  10. Oh, yum! I wish more people in my household like avocados!!

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  11. Looks delicious! I would love to try it on bread too!

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  12. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering!! That looks heavenly and the pesto looks so creamy! Great choice!

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  13. I could live on this pasta seriously, as long as I had some chocolate for dessert!

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