I absolutely love avocados. I put them on everything from toast to eggs to sweet potatoes to caprese sandwiches…and now in pesto. Basil pesto is one of my favorite condiments so when my big suggested we make avocado pesto pasta for dinner one night, I jumped at the idea. I became obsessed with this sauce and used it in a variety of dishes. Over the past year, I’ve made at least 10 different variations, but recently I made the most perfect one yet.
serves 3-4, depending on how much sauce you prefer
1 large avocado
2 heaping handfuls (or more) of fresh basil
(I honestly just eyeball it and tend to put a lot in because I love fresh basil)
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 shallot, chopped and sautéed in a little bit of olive oil
Splash of olive oil or water to thin
Salt and pepper to taste, if needed
Put everything in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth
-Mix with cooked broccoli, peppers, spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes etc. and serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, or spiralized zucchini “noodles”
-Spread on sandwiches
-Use a dip with pita chips
-Mix in with scrambled eggs (even better with some mozzarella or daiya cheese)
-Grill with shrimp, salmon, or scallops
Here are some examples of mine!
This sauce has been tested on everyone from the most health-conscious girls to frat stars and it has always been well-received! The greatest compliment was when my best guy friend texted me and asked me for the recipe after I had made it for him the week before. Hope y’all enjoy and let me know what unique ways you serve it!