May 2, 2013

Shrimp & Avocado Pasta

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Avocado, lemon, garlic, freshly cracked salt and pepper… Is there anything more pure or fresh than this simple, delicious pasta?? :) My kitchen smelled amazing yesterday as I was making this! Such a bright combination of flavors and aromas. A creamy avocado and Parmesan sauce is tossed with fresh pasta and loads of buttery, garlicky shrimp. To die for.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today from a new cookbook called Absolutely Avocados by my friend Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking. Gaby is the avocado queen and her new book has 80 amazing avocado recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert! This book would definitely be my first stop for fun, new, delicious recipes using avocados. Gaby is obsessed with avocados, so I know she has the best recipes on how to use them for every occasion!! :)

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

You know I picked a pasta recipe to make first! :) I didn’t have to read past the first four ingredients — shrimp, avocado, lemon and pasta — to know this would be so right up my alley. Add in garlic, scallions, and Parmesan? It just sends it right over the top.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Start by boiling the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Meanwhile, cut the avocado in half. Gaby shows you exactly how to buy and cut an avocado with step by step pictures in her book.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Remove the pit, and spoon out the avocado from the skin and place the avocado into the bowl of a food processor. Add the Parmesan and lemon juice and process for 1 to 2 minutes while streaming in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until smooth and creamy. Scape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula as needed. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and set aside.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Next add the butter and reminaing 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink an cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Like so!

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Add the scallions and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Add the cooked pasta and avocado-Parmesan sauce and toss to combine.

Linguine with shrimp, avocado, & parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Easy dinner, done!

Serve it up topped with more Parmesan if desired! Such a fun and delicious pasta. Thanks for sharing with us Gaby!

Shrimp & Avocado Pasta


1 ripe Hass avocado
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound linguine
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and place the avocado in the bowl of a food processor. Add the Parmesan and lemon juice to the food processor bowl. Pulse the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes while streaming in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula as needed. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Set the avocado mixture aside.

2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the linguine and cook according to the package directions. Once the pasta is al dente, drain and set aside.

3. Add the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Add the scallions and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Add the cooked pasta and the avocado-Parmesan sauce to the shrimp mixture and toss to combine using a pair of kitchen tongs. The pasta should be evenly coated with the avocado-Parmesan mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

4. Serve immediately, with more Parmesan if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Reprinted with permission from Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin.

To see more recipes from Absolutely Avocados, check out these links below:

Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad on Picky Palate
Fried Avocado Tacos on Heather Christo Cooks
Irish Nachos on Family Fresh Cooking
Mango Cilantro Guacamole on Two Peas and Their Pod
Cheese Pupusas with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa on Table for Two
Vegetarian Avocado Sushi Bowls on Running with Tweezers
Goat Cheese Guacamole w/ Pita Chips on Shutterbean

And for more recipes plus a peek inside the Absolutely Avocados cookbook, be sure to visit this page on What’s Gaby Cooking!

Hope you enjoy! :)



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27 Comments



 
 

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Sally May 2, 2013 at 3:10 am

Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

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Nika @Vintage Paper Designs May 2, 2013 at 3:15 am

You just gave me a great idea for dinner tonight!
Those photos could sell me anything.
Have a nice weekend.

Nika

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chrsita morgesntern May 2, 2013 at 3:22 am

Will make this today. I love Avocados and Garlic and all the other ingredients as well. Thanks for sharing.
Christa

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Kate Minor May 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

Wow, this looks so good! I guess putting avocados with pasta never really occurred to me. But I love avocados and pasta so I will definitely try this. :)

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Leah | So, How's It Taste? May 2, 2013 at 7:57 am

This sounds divine and so quick & easy. Can’t wait to try it!

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Cookbook Queen May 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

I LOVE quick, easy, and yummy meals like this!! (especially CARBY ones!!)

Can’t wait to try it!!

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Lynne May 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

Mouth is watering – must make!!!

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Tieghan May 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

My kind of pasta! I love making avocado into a sauce! The shrimp put this pasta over the top. YUM!

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Sophie May 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

I totally love the way you make recipes and the pictures you take of them. You’re so amazing! Please upload more recipes for us!! xoxo

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Carla @ Carlas Confections May 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

I need that book! Every recipe I have seen out of that book looks seriously amazing! Especially this pasta :)

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife May 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

awww I have that same cute little butter dish. What a great recipe! I would love that cookbook! yum!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

Love shrimp pasta dishes! That avocado parmesan sauce sounds amazing!

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria May 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

This dish is making my mouth seriously water …and drool!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 3, 2013 at 6:14 am

Love the idea of adding avocado to this!

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Colette @ JFF! May 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I love the layout of the ingredients.
Beautiful idea, avocado in pasta.

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Laurie May 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

This looks absolutely yummy! Is it possible to “pin” it to my pinterest site or should I just “copy and paste”?
Thanks!

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Laurie May 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Found the “pin”! How did I miss it?!? Thanks!

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy May 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

I make creamy avocado pasta all the time – it is my husband’s favourite.

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Brittany May 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

This sounds great! I’m totally trying this tomorrow night!

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amy May 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

if i don’t have a processor, do you think i could just mash the avocado and add the juice and parmesan before mixing instead?

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Amanda May 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I’m sure that would work too, Amy! :) Good luck!

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Michael May 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

This looks amazing. I’m loving your recipes and photos!

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Carla August 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

This looks awesome!!! I’m not a huge parmesan/cheese fan, do you think I can substitute something else instead to make it creamy? Butter? Cream? What do you think?

Thanks :)

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Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography August 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

That looks amazing, I love shrimp AND avocado! I’ll have to get that book, asap!

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Katrin August 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

My daughter made this pasta today. Soooo goooood ! Easy and tasty !

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erica December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

Any recommendations on what to sub for the parm for our food sensitive friends?

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Mary March 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

This recipe was delicious! I cut back on the butter (1 T) and oil for the pan (also 1 T instead of 2) to make it a little lighter, and it was still plenty creamy and luscious. (I also only used 10 ounces of pasta, so there was plenty of sauce.) The whole family loved it, especially my toddler.

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