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Sandwich Sunday // Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pasta

There’s not really an intelligent, self-respecting way to say this… so I’m just going to say it.

I’m in the midst a very heated, very significant Fantasy Football argument. As such, I’ve been unable to focus on much of anything today (other than big, spandex-clad dudes who chase balls around). Your husband or boyfriend can sympathize with me, I’m sure. But still, I feel the need to apologize.

I’m sorry. No snarky comments, today. No strange childhood story. I’ll make it up to you. I promise.

That said, I do have some pretty pictures and a damn fine recipe to share with you. Here, look:

Sandwich Sunday // Arugula

Sandwich Sunday // Arugula Pesto Pasta

Sandwich Sunday // Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pasta

See? I hope that makes up, at least a bit, for my juvenile preoccupations.

Seriously, though – this pasta is really good. Who would’ve thought? Avocado, arugula, and lime in a pesto pasta? That Giada is sneaky smart. This linguine is different, surprising, and bright green – all good things. Because of the avocado, the dish turns out super smooth, almost cream-sauce-esque. Delicious. Enjoy.

(Ok, now back to this childishness. Trade vetoed? Vetoed? What in the…)

Avocado & Arugula Pesto Linguine

Serves 4-6

Stolen from Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1 pound linguine pasta, or similar
  • 2 avocados, peeled, seed removed, and quartered
  • 3 handfuls baby arugula
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano
  • big pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of black pepper
  • 1 handful sliced, toasted almonds
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until done but still firm ~8-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients – less the almonds and cheese – in a large food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Drain the pasta, but reserve about a cup of the cooking water. Toss the pasta with the pesto, cheese, and almonds, adding enough water to loosen the sauce.

Speaking of football, this will make your day:

Needed this one today:

Posted by Chris on 11/13/12 in Pasta


  1. Ryan

    I recently vetod a trade in one of my leagues. Two people were swaping players back and forth, when they did not need them for the current week. This made these two individuals quite pissed. I felt as tho, each owner doubled the roster size. The best of friends can not be allies in fantasy, you are a one man army. Have you been caught up in this phenomenon? Is it becoming a trend?

    • Chris

      Haha – nothing of that sort, no. This was a much more egregious offense.

  2. Carole

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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