23 January 2008

Avocado, Roast Tomato & Pesto Fusilli
































I wanted a pasta dish, but I needed something summery to chase away the winter blues, so I came up with this dish.


Avocado, Roast Tomato & Pesto Fusilli

1 avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
12 cherry tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp fresh pesto
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
parmesan to serve


Toss the chopped avocado in the lemon juice to prevent discolouration.

Toss the cherry tomatoes in the olive oil, salt & pepper and grill or oven roast until the skins start to brown.

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta and mix in the pesto, avocado and cherry tomatoes. Serve, with a grinding of black pepper and a grate some parmesan over the top.

Serves 2


Fresh Basil Pesto

handful basil leaves
handful pine nuts
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
5-6 tbsp olive oil
freshly ground black pepper


Whizz up all the ingredients. Add more olive oil, if required. Taste as you go. If you dry fry the nut until they get  bit of colour it does give a good flavour

 The pasta dish serves two, but you'll find you have plenty of pesto left. Why not serve it on some bruschetta, with roast peppers & mozzarella.

14 comments:

  1. Fresh basil pesto is the best! Add some roasted tomatoes and it sounds even better. The avocado sounds like an interesting addition.

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  2. Well, it's summer here and that's EXACTLY what I want to eat. Thanks, Holler!

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  3. I have never tried avocado with pasta - your dish looks delish, Holler!

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  4. Yes this would chase away the winter blues with all it's fresh summery ingredients. The fusilli would grab every bite of flavour.

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  5. Roasted cherry tomatoes are the greatest thing ever. Love the avocado addition too!

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  6. Holler This looks lovely. I love the leftover suggestion too!

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  7. Looks amazing, and I know what you mean about craving summer foods! I've been wanting zucchini for weeks, but it's so out of season! Sad. :-(

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  8. I love it! If only I could find basil that actually looks like that this time of year here in Halifax.

    Thanks so much for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. We've missed you!

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  9. Sounds like a winter fresh dish to me! Where did you get that photo of basil? It's beautiful! I love pesto on pasta. It's perfect!

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  10. Beautiful Holler! Love the addition of pesto and avocado. I'll have to try this one soon.

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  11. Mmmmm - summer's in sight! Looks lovely and fresh-tasting with all that basil. Have never tried adding avocado to pasta before - that sounds very intriguing :-)

    And Happy Burns' Night!

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  12. Hi Kevin, I do love fresh pesto, be it basil, coriander or pea!

    Hi Lucy, Glad you like it!

    Thanks Patricia!

    Hi Val, You are right, the fusilli did grab the sauce. It was actually a bit of pot luck, Graham was going to the supermarket, so I asked him to buy pasta, but to surprise me!

    Hi Amanda, The raost tomatoes were great. I wanted to use them again after seeing how appetising they looked when I made them for my charred tomato soup!

    Hi Shelly, It is always good to do something different with left-overs, instaed of having the same dish a second night! Don't you think?

    I wonder what plans you have for cooking that zucchini/courgette, Katy?

    Thank you Ruth, it is good to be back!

    Thanks Deb, I always like to have some jarred organic pesto in the cupboard as a stanby, but making it yourself with a big pot of fresh basil is always better. Although I find the pots are great when I get them, but don't last as well at this time of year!

    Thanks Lisa, the flavours are lovely and light, but the tomatoes are intense!

    Happy Burns Night Jen! It just occured to me. I should have bought some veggie haggis for tonight! Oh well, next year!

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  13. Oh my!! This looks so good. I love incorporating avocado into pasta. Do you grow your own basil? I'm so jealous! It's winter here so basil is quite expensive in the grocery store.

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  14. Hi Ashley, in the winter, I just buy a big pot from the supermarket. It doesn't last as long, but is quite lush when you get it!

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