Day 111: A Recipe

by ashleighpenrod

Cooking is not my favorite pastime (I get really hung up on the instructions and spend more time reading them over and over than actually preparing the food), but I love this recipe. It’s extremely fast and extremely delicious. And as I try to convince myself that one day spring will indeed arrive (it’s snowing outside as I write this), the thought of fresh basil and avocado makes me oh-so-happy.

Try it and enjoy!

15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
Recipe borrowed from, where you can also print it.

It’s creamy, fresh and flavorful. My advice is to go a little easy on the garlic the first time around. I dove right in with three cloves and it was pretty potent. 

Serves two.


  • 1 medium sized ripe avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste (I use sea salt)
  • ~1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings/6 ounces of your choice of pasta
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add pasta, reduce heat to medium and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Then add the pitted avocado, basil and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately. Makes two servings.

Creamy Avocado Pasta