Creamy Avocado Pasta with Lemon and Garlic

This creamy avocado pasta with lemon and garlic is ready in less than 30 minutes with the help of our sponsor, Barilla, available at Walmart. 

You know when you’ve been so busy the whole weekend and then realize you completely forgot to come up with a game plan for dinner on Monday night? This is the meal I make when that happens. And wouldn’t you know? it happens more often than not. 

Luckily avocados are in season right now and we can go pick a few off our neighbor’s tree (after asking of course) to use when we need them. Our lemon tree is doing quite well too so pairing the two flavors together make for a pretty delicious meal pairing. 

One thing I love about this meal is that it uses ingredients I either always have on hand or have readily available with little effort. We try and stock our pantry with must-have items like Barilla Whole Grain pasta and sauces. Not only are they great for meals in a pinch, but I also know that my family is getting a meal that meets their nutritional needs. 

Barilla Whole Grain pasta is a great source of fiber and is made with 100% whole wheat. My family is getting 56g of whole grain in each serving of pasta. It also pairs perfectly with lean proteins like salmon or chicken but can hold it’s own as a full meal as well, just like this recipe. 

Normally we make creamy avocado pasta and pair it with salmon when we have it on hand, but if we don’t, we can forgo the lean protein and just eat this dish as a full meal. I’ve also been known to throw some shrimp into the dish as an alternative option. The creaminess of the avocado adds to the delicacy of the seafood. And who doesn’t love the flavor of garlic and lemon with salmon and shrimp? 

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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Lemon and Garlic

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Barilla Whole Grain Linguini
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided in half
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Barilla pesto
  • 1/2 avocado diced & mashed
  • salt to taste
  • Saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.

Instructions

  1. Saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Cook Barilla Whole Grain Linguini according to package directions. Drain and add to a heated pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Add sauteed onions and garlic and Barilla pesto to pasta and cook 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add mashed avocado and stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/2 cup of pasta

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Lemon Artichoke Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 box angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • flour for dredging
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 Dorot crushed garlic cube
  • 1 Dorot chopped basil cube
  • 1 Dorot Sautéed Onion cube
  • 1 jar Fresh & Easy marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Instructions

  1. Set pot of water on the stove to boil. Sprinkle in some salt.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, place chicken breast (1 at a time) in a quart size zippered bag and pound to about 1/2 an inch thin.
  3. Heat a large pan on medium and add olive oil.
  4. Add salt and pepper to flour and dredge thin chicken breasts in it on each side. Place chicken in olive oil once heated and brown on both sides. Take chicken out and set aside.
  5. By this time your water might be boiling. Add pasta and cook as directed on the packaging.
  6. Add garlic, basil, and onions to the pan and sauté until thawed. Add the jar of artichoke hearts and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and let cook until pasta is done, allowing sauce to reduce.
  7. Chop chicken into strips or small pieces, whichever you prefer.
  8. Once pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce pan. Sprinkle with juice of 1/2 a lemon.Toss, serve in a bowl, and top with chicken.

 

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