Mar 22 2012

Spring Fling with Five Fresh Friends

Published by at 3:40 am under American,Italian,Pasta,Vegetarian

Avocado Pesto Linguini with Almond and Five Fresh Herbs

Avocado Pesto Linguini with Almond and Five Fresh Herbs

Avocado-Herb Pesto Linguini

What is spring to you? The scent of cherry blossom trees? The first blooming bud in a grassy field? The dewiness after dawn? For me, it is the aroma of parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon all married in a beautiful potpourri of olfactory heaven. And to celebrate these herbs, I will not cook with them, but keep their integrity, their wild scent alive in a fresh pesto dish. I saw Giada de Laurentis make an avocado pesto on her show, and immediately, I was drawn to the unique concoction. While her recipe included almond and basil, I decided to invite more herbs to the party. After all, it is spring, and this year I planted my own herbs right outside my kitchen window, so why not use them?


2 Avocados

1 sprig of fresh thyme

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1 sprig of tarragon

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley

1 clove garlic

1/4 olive oil

1/4 cup paremesan

1/4 cup almonds

1 pound of linguini

Bring a deep pot of water to boil, and add the linguini. Remove after 6-8 minutes or when al-dente. Halve and pit the avocados and scoop them with a spoon into a food processor. Smash the garlic clove and add to the food processor along with the parsley, basil, 1/2 the almonds, and 1/2 the parmesan. Remove the remaining herbs from their sprigs and add them as well. Add a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Pulse your food processor until all ingredients are roughly chopped. Then turn on the food processor, and stream in the olive oil slowly until you get a nice smooth pesto consistency.

Fold the strained linguini with the pesto while the linguini is still hot. Then chop the reserved almonds and sprinkle on top of linguini along with the reserved parmesan. You made eat this hot, at room temperature, or cold. So, it’s perfect for outdoor entertaining and picnics.

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