California Garlic Avocado Pasta

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This is one of my most favourite summer dishes. There is definitely a lot of garlic, so it's probably best to make it on a night where you don't mind smelly breath...but guaranteed after you taste it, you'll see it's worth it! :D
1/2 pound noodle of your choice
3 cups broccoli florets
2 tbsp olive oil
8 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons lime juice
several dashes black pepper
4 cups loosely packed arugala or spinach leaves
2 avocados, peeled and sliced into 1 inch chunks
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and prep all your ingredients while while the water boils. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook per package directions. In the last minute of cooking you will be adding the broccoli.
2. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, lime zest and red pepper flakes and gently heat, stirring often for about two minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the wine and bring the heat up, reduce the wine for about two minutes. Add the vegetable broth, lime juice, and fresh black pepper and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and add the arugula.
3. By this point the pasta should be almost done, so add the broccoli and cook for one more minute. Drain.
4. When the arugula is wilted, add the broccoli and pasta to the pan and toss it around, making sure to get everything coated in the garlic, for about 3 more minutes. Add the avocado without squishing it, just until it is warmed through, about 1 minute. Serve with generous doses of fresh black pepper. There is usually a lot of garlic left in the pan, so be sure to spoon it over your bowls of pasta.
Makes 4 Servings (but I'd be lying if I said that my husband and I weren't accustomed to splitting the entire pan between us in one sitting...whoops).
Dish   Main DishMain Ingredient   Pasta
Style   One Dish MealsPrep Time   less than 15 minutes
Cooking Time   less than 15 minutes 
Features   Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vegan Love

Member since Jul 2008

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