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Avocado Cream Sauce/Pesto Hybrid

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 mins | Cook Time 0 mins

Why I Love This Recipe

Truly an experiment! My plan was to make an avocado cream sauce, but I had a bunch of basil so I fused the recipe I had in mind with a pesto.

Ingredients You'll Need

1/4 cup pepitas/sunflower seeds, plus more for garnish
4 small garlic cloves
1 medium (ripe) avocado
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
2 packed cups fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish


in a food processor, pulse garlic until finely chopped. Halve avocado, discard the pit and scoop out flesh. (You should have about 3/4 cup, or 5 ounces.) Add avocado flesh, lemon juice, salt and pepper to food processor and pulse until chunky

Add cheese and basil to food processor. With motor running, drizzle in 1/2 cup cream, (add water as needed and oil if need moisture), scraping down sides as needed. If serving with pasta, reserve some pasta water and add as needed to achieve desired consistency

Garnish with parm, pepitas and parsley and serve


Pairs Well With

gnocchi or bucatini

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