Dear Crissy

Avocado Basil Pasta

Summer is officially winding down, but you can still enjoy the flavors of the season with this incredibly light and simple avocado basil pasta recipe.

This recipe is one that I crave at least a few times every summer, and I whipped some up today for my family. It’s a really versatile and healthy recipe that can easily be made vegan by dropping the bacon.

Avocado Basil Pasta Recipe - Utilize those fresh flavors of summer in this simple and light pasta dish featuring tomatoes, avocado, basil, bacon and parm.

Avocado Basil Pasta

If you had a garden this summer you may be trying to find a way to utilize those final few tomatoes. This recipe really highlights the flavors of fresh produce, so those ultra-ripe and delicious tomatoes from your garden will taste incredible in this dish.

I rough chopped larger tomatoes that we had on hand, but you could also add cherry tomatoes. Be sure you cut them in half or quarter them so that they can soak up all of the delicious flavors in this avocado basil pasta recipe.

This recipe is such a delightful way to say farewell to summer. Sure, I’m looking forward to a cool-down in the weather myself, but I’ll be really sad to say goodbye to an abundance of fresh produce.

When you live in a small town in Ohio, it can be tough to find great fresh vegetables and fruit during the winter. After those gorgeous fall leaves disappear and it’s month after month of grey skies I start wishing I lived in one of the southern states. Oh, how I envy those of you who live in states where you can score fresh local produce throughout the year.

It’s a give-and-take, I guess. I think I’d end up missing the seasons too much if I ever actually moved someplace else!

As much as I love the crispy bacon in this avocado basil pasta, you can easily make this recipe vegan by dropping it and the cheese. Honestly, it tastes just as good without the bacon and I could even do without the cheese. Though, my husband would disagree. According to him, it needs more bacon, haha!

If you’re looking for another light and healthy recipe, check out my clean eating lettuce wraps with chicken and avocado recipe.

You know, the real reason I love this dish so much is that it has all of my favorite foods in it. I am obsessed with pasta, avocado, tomato, bacon and parmesan cheese. It’s really a no-brainer! You’ll definitely want to pin this recipe and try it before summer fades away!

Avocado basil pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl combine the avocados, chopped tomatoes, crumbled bacon, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, pepper, and salt. Add the pasta and combine, then sprinkle with cheese.

Adapted slightly from Better Homes & Gardens.

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25 Comments

  1. Katherine G — September 19, 2012 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    That looks so yummy!!!

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  2. Adelina Priddis — September 19, 2012 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    Oh that looks really yummy!

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  3. Anastasia @ eco-babyz — September 19, 2012 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    That’s funny, I made something really similar just a couple of nights ago! Same ingredients, almost, but prepared a little different. It was so good that it was gone fast and I forgot to take a photo! It was the first time I made it, so next time I’ll have to take a photo and post it on my blog, I’ll send you a link so that you can add another recipe to your ‘tomato and avocado craving’ repertoire! :)

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  4. Small Footprints — September 19, 2012 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    OMGoodness … this looks so good! I’m vegan so I’d leave out the bacon but I think that the other flavors would be enough to carry the dish, don’t you? Yum! My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Crissy — September 19th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

      Absolutely. I love bacon, but in this recipe, it is not the star by any means – it would be just as good without!

    • Heather — October 18th, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      I’d say I liked it better without the bacon!

  5. Mandi — September 19, 2012 @ 9:13 pm (#)

    This looks so fresh, yummy and best of all, simple!

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  6. Kristi Whitaker — September 20, 2012 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    Looks really good. We will have to try this!!

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  7. tom@morethanpepper — September 22, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    love the photos whose the photographer?

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  8. Binay — September 25, 2012 @ 4:09 am (#)

    Nice recipe, Thanks for sharing

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  9. Betty Baez — September 25, 2012 @ 11:32 am (#)

    This sounds and looks so good! I love avocados unfortunately the rest of my family not so much :/

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  10. Chelsey — October 1, 2012 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I don’t think a single recipe could go wrong with avocados and tomatoes.

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  11. Sarah Oldre — October 2, 2012 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Garlic, bacon, avocados, cheese! Some of my favorite foods! I’ve never thought to put avocado with pasta, but I’m definitely going to try it now. Thanks!

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  12. Alicia — October 11, 2012 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    Yum! That looks delicious!

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  13. Lindsey — October 12, 2012 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    Oh, looks so good. I am always looking for tasty and unique pasta dishes. This one seems so fresh that I’ve got to give it a whirl. My sister-in-law made this one the other night and it’s sooooo delish. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    http://inspiringpretty.com/2012/10/12/pumpkin-penne-recipe/

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  14. Nury — October 16, 2012 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    This looks so delicious, I really have to try it. I’ve been meaning to buy bow pasta and always forget, it makes food more appetizing and pretty. I also love avocados and parmesan cheese, the perfect combo!

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  15. Heather — October 18, 2012 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe out right away, because I love all the stuff in this pasta! In the end I liked it better without bacon (I tried with and without). Either way, it was sooooo yummy – and you can easily tailor it to make just a quick single serving for lunch (but I still put in a whole avocado because I love it so much).

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