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.

Preparation time: 10 minutes - Cooking time: 10 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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Recipe Courtesy of Waitrose & Partners
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