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Avocado Pasta Sauce with Macaroni, Olives and Tomatoes

Avocado Pasta Sauce

There’s bound to a few leftovers in your fridge from time to time and rather than wasting them, I find the best way to use things up is either soup, or pasta.  We had some post-Thanksgiving ham in the fridge, so I whipped up some Avocados from Mexico Sauce and added in some tasty bits from the pantry (olives and capers) and some tomatoes that were on the verge of demise and we had lunch. There’s still some of our basil on the balcony, but you could used cilantro if you would prefer.  Sauce is also good as a dip or atop fish or chicken.

340 grams (1/2 package) Barilla Macaroni uncooked
Flesh from 2 ripe Avocados from Mexico
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
1/2 lemon squeezed
5 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in quarters
1/2 cup black olives sliced and pitted
1/8 cup capers
1 cup of Leftover Turkey or Ham cubed
Basil for decor
Grated parm as needed


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: In a food processor, combine the garlic and basil lemon juice, oil, avocado and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot. Add the avocado sauce, tomatoes, olives and capers (turkey or ham if using) and stir until combined and heated.
  4. Top with fresh basil leaves, parm cheese, salt and pepper.

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I also made an awesome Avocado Pasta Salad with Barilla’s bowtie pasta. Recipe here. These new recipes are easy peasy and full of summer veggies. Simple to make, meaning kids can be involved.

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1 box of Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti
2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 clove Garlic chopped
1 medium zucchini sliced in ribbons with peeler (kid friendly)
2 Yellow squash or zucchini sliced with peeler
400 grams San marzano tomatoes canned
125 ml water
Fresh basil cut into strips
4 leaves Parmigiano reggiano grated 100 gSalt to tasteBlack pepper to taste


BRING a large pot of water to a boil.
HEAT olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until slightly yellow in color.
COOK Whole Grain Spaghetti 1 minute less than recommended cook time on package. Meanwhile, ADD zucchini and yellow squash to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes. ADD tomatoes and water. Season with salt and pepper.
DRAIN Whole Grain Spaghetti and add to the skillet. Toss with the sauce. Let pasta continue to cook in the skillet for 1 minute.
TURN off heat and toss in basil.
TOSS with Parmigiano cheese before serving

Barilla Share The Table


350 g Barilla Rigatoni
400 g Cherry tomatoes
Half a sweet onion thinly sliced
1 Eggplant cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Pecorino or Parmesan cheese grated
1 Yellow bell peppers cut in matchsticks
1 Red bell pepper cut in matchsticks
2 Small zucchini cut into rounds
Salt and Pepper as needed

1 Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large, low, non-stick pan. Cook the onion for 2 mins; add the pepper
After a few minutes, add the unpeeled eggplant and zucchini, cut into round slices, and fry over a med-high heat stirring frequently for 5 mins. Lastly, add the chopped cherry tomatoes and salt. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.
1 Cook the Barilla Rigatoni in plenty of salted water according to package directions add to the sauté with the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.

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