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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Angel Hair Pasta with Creamy Corn and Avocado Sauce



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This recipe has been in the public domain for years now and while I've always wanted to try it, curiosity and the contents of my pantry were never in sync with one another, so, that just never happened. With last week's gift of avocados from SoCal Avocados I finally had the ingredients and the incentive I needed to give the recipe a try. It was worth the wait, though it's a shame it took so long for that to happen. This is a subtle, sophisticated and delicious pasta that also happens to be easy to prepare. I didn't think the dish was substantial enough to serve as a main course, so I served it tonight with a simple poached salmon and they were a perfect match for each other. The taste and color of both dishes was remarkable, though I must say the pasta would be wonderful with any plain grilled meat or fish. The avocado adds a wonderful silkiness to the sauce and the corn with which it is blended adds a wonderful dimension to the taste of the finished pasta. I heartily recommend this recipe and I hope all of you will give this a try. I do have one caution to share with you. Don't substitute a more substantial pasta for the angel hair. This dish really needs a fine, thin pasta. Be sure to follow the directions that come on the box and carefully monitor the cooking time. This cooks quickly and will turn gummy in a flash. I must admit I was surprised at how much we enjoyed this. I'll be serving it again. While this was a sponsored post written on behest of SoCal Avocados who provided the fruit, the opinions expressed here are my own. I think you'll like this unusual pasta. Here's the recipe.

Angel Hair Pasta with a Creamy Corn and Avocado Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 large ripe avocado
2 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 tomatillos, parboiled
1 jalapeno chili, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound angel-hair pasta, cooked al dente
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1) Bring a large pot of water to boiling.
2) Combine corn, avocado, garlic, lemon juice, tomatillos, jalapeno chili, olive oil and 2 cups chicken stock in a blender jar. Blend completely, adding remaining chicken stock as needed if sauce is too thick. Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. When completely blended, pour sauce into a sauté pan and bring to a low simmer, stirring frequently for approximately ten minutes.
3) Cook pasta, per package directions, while sauce is heating.
4) Pour sauce over cooked pasta, toss, top with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.









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34 comments:

bellini said...

Got to love it when a dish is easy to prepare as well as healthy and delis.

Tracy Wood said...

What an interesting and unusual combo of flavors - I would never had thought of using an avocado in a pasta sauce! I see avocados all over the place these days - they certainly are 'in style!'
(ps - I want to thank you for your recent note about the changes coming soon at Blogger. I have made adjustments on my own blog also! )

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Any thing that has avocado in it has to be good. Yum yum. Keep well Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sounds like a perfect side dish! Almost like a perfect guacamole with corn. Hee hee. LOVE me some guacamole... on pasta. Gotta give this one a try. Thank you, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

Kim said...

Really, I'm intrigued by these pasta. These looks really good!

Clint said...

Cindy says she is afraid she will get corn husks caught in her teeth.

I'm not...can I have another helping please?

Jenn said...

This does sounds like an interesting combination of flavors! I love using avocado with pasta, it does lend a wonderful creaminess to it!

BeetleBuggy said...

Avocados and corn really do complement each other in this dish. I love the addition of tomatillos in this, so unique :) Lovely pasta variation, Mary, and thanks for the note on the kind of pasta to use. I'm bookmarking this for sure!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so intrigued!

mukta said...

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Big Dude said...

This is so unusual it must be tried and I like the put everything in a blender part.

Jeannie said...

I cooked angel hair pasta once and made the mistake of overcooking them! Lucky I have extra otherwise will have to eat the sauce with just bread! Yours looks well cooked and so appetising!

Michael Toa said...

Oh yum. Pasta is my kind of meal and though I never had avocado with pasta, I'm sure it's delicious. Must try this. Have a nice day Mary.

Manasi said...

Sounds perfect!bookmarked !
anything with avocado is a hit with us.
Will probably sub veg. stock.
Thank u!

defneylebirlikte said...

Thank you very much için.spaghetti comments have been delicious.blessings...

Liesl said...

This sauce sounds so intriguing! Can't wait to try it. :)

StephenC said...

How unusual and how appealing. Thanks for sharing this, Mary.

Pam said...

I can just imagine how good this pasta tastes! The sauce sounds wonderful.

Epicurea said...

never thought of using tomatillos with pasta - but it sounds (and looks!) delightful!

From the Kitchen said...

This dish sounds as delicious as it looks. Although our world has not been white, it is a murky brown and beautifully colored dishes are most welcome on our winter table!!

Best,
Bonnie

Lenia said...

Original, healthy and yummy pasta dish!What else can we ask for?Thank you for sharing!

R.J. said...

This is on my list to try. After thinking for twenty seven years that I didn't like avocados I am just starting to figure out how to put them in dishes so my husband will be willing to try them. This sounds good.

Claudia said...

I never would have thought - but I trust you and love the ease and the idea of pairing it with poached salmon so will save.

Ginny said...

I've never seen a recipe like this before. but I do love Angel Hair, and won't use any other kind of spaghetti. It seems that Angel Hair and Capellini are about the same, I can't tell a difference. The spell checker is telling me that Capellini is really either penicillin or pelican, yikes!

Banana Wonder said...

wow i am looooving this. when i lived in la, i used to get this amazing Israeli couscous with avocado sauce... this must be the same secret sauce!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Ooooh, I LIKE this! It looks and sounds creamy and tasty. We all love avocado and corn here. This is a must try!

Joanne said...

given my love of both corn and avocado, i'm amazed that I never stumbled across this dish! Looks so good!

Pondside said...

Oh my, Mary, but that sounds delicious! I'm always a little timid about Jalapeno peppers, but I won't leave them out.

PeggyR said...

This sounds very different.

Nammi said...

nice and simple recipe :)

Tiffanee said...

I am so loving the flavor combinations of this pasta! Oh YUM!!

Carrie said...

Mmm...you had me at "pasta." *bookmarks*

 Shirataki Noodles said...

Thanks for share this recipe m looking for this kind of stuff & your recipe is awesome i'll definately going to make this in couple of days !!

Shirataki Noodles said...

Thanks for share this recipe m looking for this kind of stuff & your recipe is awesome i'll definately going to make this !!

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