I was trying to come up with a side dish for a Mexican Spiced Chicken I was making (that post will have to wait until I can get a good picture, the one I took was awful!) and I remembered seeing a bunch of avocado pasta pins on Pintrest. I love avocados just about any way you could make them, and everyone loves my guacamole recipe, so I figured "What the heck...let's combine them and see how it goes".
Then Kevin asked me what was for dinner.....ummm ya.
Kevin - What are you making for dinner?
Me - Roasted Chicken with Cilantro Butter and Mexican Spices
Kevin - Oh another Mexican meal?
Me - Ummm ya, have you not been eating my food for almost 5 years? You know we will have something "Mexican-ish" at least once a week.
Kevin - *eyeroll*
Me - Whatever
Kevin - Well what are we having with it?
Me - *insert pregnant pause here* Guacamole Pasta.
Kevin - Guaca what?
Me - Pasta with a guacamole sauce.
Kevin - (at this point I get "the look")
Me - Really? Just wait, you know it will be good (I am now praying).
Kevin - Fine
I knew I was excited about this dish but now knowing how skeptical he was I became a bit nervous. I of course should have thought back on the fact that I don't think I have ever made something he totally hated. But I didn't, all that I was feeling was nerves.
Silly me (and Kevin). I had him taste the sauce before the pasta was done and I got a surprised look from him. "That tastes really good". At this point I wanted to say "Duh" but was still waiting to try the finished dish so my mouth remained firmly shut.
Now the chicken is done and we sit down to eat. He ate a few bites of the "ugly chicken" and told me that he really liked it. I had been a bit concerned that I had been a little heavy handed with the spice rub, but it came out great, and with the compound butter under the skin the meat was sooooo juicy!
Now on to the pasta. I tried to be nonchalant about the whole thing and calmly take a bite of the pasta, all the while watching Kevin out of the corner of my eye. He took a bite, and then another bite. Then turned to me and said, "Wow this is really really good!". Now I am trying to play it cool. "Really" I say "You don't think there is too much garlic?" Yes, I am fishing for more compliments folks, but I am also reallllly wanting to do the whole "I told you so" thing. Then he says, after another mouthful, "No, it is really really good!" I stifle my inner brat and just smile and say "I am so glad, thank you". Wow, it seems my shut up filter does work from time to time!!
So don't just take my word for it, take the word of someone that was really prepared to not like this dish. Give it a try!!
8 ounces linguine or spaghetti
1 large avocado
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 lime, zested and 1/2 juiced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped
1/4 to 1/2 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the pasta, cook per package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water. Drain pasta and return to pot.
Meanwhile place the avocado, cilantro, lime zest and juice, garlic, onion, jalapeno, and salt in a food processor and blend until creamy.
Combine the avocado sauce with the pasta adding pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. Top with grated Parmesan.