It turns out that today is National Guacamole Day, and in honor of that, I am sharing our new family favorite- Guacaroni!! (a.k.a. Avocado Pasta) It is creamy and slightly tangy and totally addictive. It's a perfect alternative to macaroni and cheese and completely dairy free (could be gluten free too-- I LOVE it on Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta!)
A few months ago, I was suffering from a severe case of new baby exhaustion. My husband wasn't going to be home for dinner and I needed a quick and effortless dinner for the kids and me.
I decided to cook some pasta and toss it with a jar of sauce--- however, I can't eat tomatoes and I was hungry too!
I had a few "almost-past-their-prime" avocados on the counter and began to wonder if they could be used to make a sauce.
After a quick search, I found a super-easy recipe for avocado pasta on Oh She Glows.
It was amazing!
The only problem is that the kids didn't want to eat their dinner... they all wanted mine!
Now if I make it, I basically have to make it for everyone or pretty much hide in the closet to eat it...
I have had multiple people ask me for the recipe. It's so simple that you barely need one and, even though I generally reference the Oh She Glows recipe every time I make it, I also find that it tends to turn out best when I don't try to follow it exactly... So, here's my "not really a recipe," recipe.
3 Ripe Haas Avocados (They should be black on the outside, soft to the touch but not black inside)
The juice of 1/2-1 Lemon depending upon how much kick you want... the lemon flavor is cut down once it's added to pasta so you may want a little more than you think you do!)
@ 1-2 tsp. minced garlic (I actually prefer this with jarred garlic- the fresh stuff is just too overpowering for my tastes- If you go with fresh, you may want to try making a garlic paste with the salt.)
@1/2-1 tsp salt
5 T olive oil (you may need to add more- you want a creamy but not at all watery texture)
Put all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or Magic Bullet- I just bought a "fake" Magic Bullet at Aldi for $14 (The brand is Crofton) and it works great- They may still have them until this Wednesday. Blend until you have a smooth creamy texture. Taste it- If you feel compelled to keep eating it from the spoon- it's done- if not- adjust with more lemon, garlic or salt. Keep in mind that the taste will be more mild once it is on the pasta.
You do not need to heat the sauce! Simply mix it in with warm pasta and serve!
It works best with pasta that will allow the sauce to stick- rotini, shells, and angel hair are my favorites- When I served it with penne it cut the taste of the sauce too much.
Happy Guacamole Day! If you make Guacaroni, please come back and tell me what you think!
My kids LOVE this stuff, but they also love avocados--- please let me know what your kids think!