Asparagus, Snap Pea and Avocado Pasta

Thank you all for confirming my doubts about the bubble chandelier yesterday. I won’t throw it away, but there aren’t many other places to hang it in our tiny townhouse. In the meantime, I’m on the hunt for an alternative light fixture and may have to buy a temporary, cheapy version until I find something I really love, which could take decades with my schizophrenia.  

 Now let’s talk about food…Here’s an easy peasy summer pasta dish I threw together recently. I adapted the recipe from Martha and made it a tad healthier — substituted butter with extra virgin olive oil and used whole wheat pasta. Then I drank a lot of wine to make up for the calories lost.

1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
1 lb snap peas, strings removed
whole what pasta
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 rip avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, parsley or basil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan or pecorino cheese

Cook asparagus in large pot of salted boiling water until bright green (about 2 min.), add snap peas and cook additional 30 seconds. Scoop out veggies and transfer to bowl.

Return water to boil, add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.

In pasta pot, heat olive oil, add asparagus, snap peas and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender (about 2 minutes). Add cooked pasta, avocado, herbs, cheese and reserved pasta water. Toss to combine. Serve with extra cheese if you so choose.

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11 thoughts on “Asparagus, Snap Pea and Avocado Pasta

  1. Carolyn says:

    On a different note, try thrift shops for light fixtures….never know.

  2. soapymermaid says:

    my goodness! I looove asparagus as much as I love avocados. this recipe looks perfect for me 😉

  3. Julie says:

    Ohh yum!! I usually do the mint and pea or asparagus and bacon combo, but I’m loving the idea of avocado in pasta. Why not, it’s the good fat right? haha

  4. Belen says:

    These looks DELICIOUS! I must make this next time for a dinner party! Such a light and fun dish for Summertime.

  5. Asparagus, avocado and wheat pasta oh my!! Looks like my husband can’t call me a one trick pony in the kitchen anymore with your recipes! (I do have one AMAZING seared tuna dish. – key word, one.) thanks for sharing these!!

  6. I love all of your recipes. This looks SO good! You are so healthy, unlike me who is going to make pasta with sausage tonight. At least I’ll be using wheat pasta and olive oil, but you know I’ll also be consuming plenty of red wine!

  7. Vanessa says:

    I’ve recently converted to whole wheat pasta. Although I’ve never thought of adding avocado to pasta before… I’ll give it a go!

  8. YUm this sounds absolutely amazing!

  9. That looks so delicious. I love avocado and asparagus, why have I never put them together?

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