I am sure some of you may be thinking I have gone a bit crazy with this one . . .
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first of the recipe, from Treehugger,using these type of Mexican flavors in a pasta dish, but my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try it. I have to admit I was pleasently surprised. Not only did the grilled avocado make a delicious creamy Alfredo-like sauce (yet without any dairy) the Mexican flavors worked with the pasta better than I expected them to. I am really keen to try playing twith the idea of an avocado pasta sauce again, but next time with more Italian flavors added in.
This dish is completely Vegan, dairy free, and can easily be made gluten free by substituting a gluten-free pasta.
Black Bean Pasta with Smokey Avocado Sauce
adapted from: Treehugger
MAKES: 2 large servings
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
- 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne, or more to taste
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 serrano chili or medium heat chilli, chopped finely
- 250g of pasta (Linguine or Fettuccine)
Cut an avocado in half and brush with olive oil. and grill the halves flesh side down until the fruit is nicely charred. Scoop out the warm grilled flesh and put it in a food processor adding 1/2 cup cilantro, the lime juice, salt and cayenne, and one garlic clove. Process to make a purée, and then slowly stream in 1/4 cup olive oil and continue processing until the sauce emulsifies and has a creamy consistency. Taste and add more lime juice, salt or cayenne if necessary, and then set aside.
In a separate bowl mix black beans with finely diced red onion and serrano chile. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice, another 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and salt to taste. Stir gently and let sit to meld the flavors.
Cook linguine or other pasta until pasta is al dente. Drain and add avocado puree and mix until well incorporated. Spoon bean mixture over the pasta, dress with a bit more cilantro and serve immediately while still warm.