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    Avocado Pesto Linguine with Fresh Herbs

    Blend avocados with basil for an alternative to traditional pesto. Stir through pasta for a meal that's ready in only 20 minutes.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

    Serves: 4


    400g essential Waitrose linguine
    2 essential Waitrose avocados
    2 cloves garlic
    Juice of ½ essential Waitrose lemon
    25g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley
    100g pack fresh basil
    1 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
    2 tbsp essential Waitrose olive oil
    50g freshly grated essential Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano
    25g toasted pine nuts, to garnish


    1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, then partially drain, leaving about 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Cover the pan to keep the pasta warm.
    2. Meanwhile, make the pesto: cut the avocados in half lengthways and discard the stone, then cut each half into 4 wedges and peel off the skin. Place the avocado, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, chilli, olive oil and half of the cheese in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
    3. Stir the pesto into the pasta, then divide between 4 bowls. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese, pine nuts and freshly-ground black pepper.

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    Cook's tips

    Make the avocado pesto just before serving to prevent any discolouration. If making for non-vegetarians add bacon pieces to the pasta.


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