Red Pepper Pasta with Avocado Cream Sauce

So it’s been one week already and we are all moved in to our new house!  So far it’s been a lot of work unpacking, cleaning and patching things up…but we think we are going to love having our own house.  I seriously feel like I’m living in a mansion.  Going from living in a 700 square foot apartment for almost 7 years to an 1800 square foot house will make ya feel that way, I guess.  My favorite parts about the house are the enormously huge kitchen and the cozy living room with the fireplace that I’ve always dreamed of having.  I’ll have to post pictures as soon as I get the boxes, ladders, and overall clutter out of the way so I can actually take some decent photos.

I’ve also had some requests for “before and after” photos of my old kitchen versus new kitchen.  I think my new kitchen is the size the entire apartment was!  Wow, that’s really sad.  Oh, my new kitchen also has WINDOWS….which means natural light….which means a lot more enjoyable times spent in the kitchen :)  It really makes a huge difference having space to move around and windows to look out while I’m cooking or baking.  I might not be able to find where I put anything in this huge kitchen but it sure beats the gloomy, cramped kitchen I came from!

This recipe I’m sharing today is by FAR is one of my new favorite pasta dishes.  I always thought avocado was just for guacamole but I was sooo wrong.  It is such a delicious, creamy and rich treat that’s pretty versatile.  I came across this recipe on a great blog that I recently started following and knew I had to make it the second I saw it.  It was simply amazing.  I never thought of incorporating avocado into a cream sauce but it’s ingenious….oh, and avocados are healthy for you!  They have a lot of fat in them , but thankfully, those fats are the healthy kind.  Enjoy!

Red Pepper Pasta with Avocado Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1 Avocado
1 Red Pepper — deseeded, quartered and sliced into thin strips
8 ounces Orecchiette Pasta (or any pasta will do)
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 clove garlic – minced
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain, and drizzle with some olive oil so it won’t stick together and then set aside.

Drizzle olive oil in your pot, and sauté the minced garlic.

Add in red peppers and sauté for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.

Add in cream and simmer for approximately 3 minutes.

Cut avocado in half lengthwise, remove pit and scoop  into a bowl. Mash it with a fork.  Once mashed, add to the boiling cream mixture.
Mix well and allow to simmer for an additional 3 minutes.

Add in cheese, season with salt and pepper to taste and, lastly, sprinkle in some Mrs. Dash to add a lemon kick to the dish.

Mix all together, pour over pasta and serve warm.

Recipe source:  dannyskitchen.me

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

28 Responses to “Red Pepper Pasta with Avocado Cream Sauce”

  1. September 26, 2012 at 6:25 AM #

    OMG Ashley!! You had me at red pepper pasta. I LOVE red peppers in my pasta. I always add them! BUT the addition of a cream sauce…. an AVOCADO cream sauce has me craving this pasta for breakfast with my coffee. Sounds gross, but I really don’t think you could go wrong with a huge plate of this!!

    • September 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

      Thanks, Sally! I have to say, I felt like this recipe was made for me..haha It’s so delish!

  2. September 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM #

    Ashley, this looks phenom!! I love red peppers and avocado is practically my blood type. I eat it on EVERYTHINGGGGG. It’s 7am here right now–can I have this for breakfast?

    • September 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

      There are no rules against having this for breakfast… haha!

  3. Sheryl
    September 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM #

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to make it and eat it! Thanks!!

    • September 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM #

      I hope you love it! :)

  4. September 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM #

    That’s a lovely looking pasta. How exciting to be out of the tiny apartment and in a spacious home. I hope the unpacking goes smoothly xx

  5. September 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM #

    Thanks! So far so good!

  6. September 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM #

    So excited for you and your new house! Cannot wait to see pictures :) And I love this avocado cream sauce, but have never paired it with red pepper before. (Duh. Yum.)

    • September 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

      I will post pictures after we paint and it looks halfway decent! haha. Thanks for the comment!

  7. September 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

    Yay! Congrats on your new house! I remember when we first moved into a house from a tiny downtown Indy apartment. i remember just standing in our extra bedrooms thinking “what in the world am I going to do with all this space?!”

    • September 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM #

      Christina, that’s exactly how I feel! I have more space than I even know what to do with (never thought I’d ever feel that way)

  8. September 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM #

    Congrats on the new house. I can totally relate having lived in a 900 sq ft place prior to this house — every inch makes a big difference :) Am so glad you love this recipe…thanks for sharing!

    • September 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM #

      Thank YOU for the amazing recipe! I will be making it over and over again :)

  9. September 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM #

    Hi Ashley thanks for your visit. I was born here in America and all Italian ancestors. I was brought up by a grandma that spoke broken English and cooked from her Region in Rome. I had never had the pasta with cream until I went to a restaurant.. Your avocado cream sauce is divine I love both the Italian twist you put on this one as well. Americanized is the new Authentice don’t you think? Have a great weekned!

  10. September 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM #

    Nothing beats authentic, that’s for sure! And that’s why I love your recipes :) Thanks for commenting, Claudia!

  11. October 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM #

    Avocado in pasta? That’s such a great idea! I wish I thought of that and could claim it as my own :)

    • October 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM #

      I never would have thought to put them together, but it’s amazing!

  12. October 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    Wow! This looks amazing! I love Avocado! By the way I am so jealous of your new big kitchen! Mine is so tiny and I cant wait for a big one some day!

    • October 1, 2012 at 11:55 PM #

      You will get one someday and it will be worth the wait! :)

  13. October 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM #

    that is such a yummy pasta, looks soooooo delicious!

    • October 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM #

      Thanks, it’s one of my new faves!

  14. October 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM #

    What a mouthwatering dish. I can imagine how creamy the sauce is when using avocado. Thanks for sharing:)

    • October 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Nancy!

  15. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    October 4, 2012 at 12:58 AM #

    This looks amazing!! I definitely have to make a vegan version of this :)

    • October 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM #

      Thanks, Christina!

  16. April 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    Um…I think you just made a dish that involves my all-time favorite flavors and ingredients! This looks incredible!

    • April 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

      It’s one of my favorites. Thanks, Dana!

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