Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Modern Pasta Sauces: Delicious and Creative Twists on Your Favorite Classic Recipes

We love pasta around my house, but I tend to get into a rut and make spaghetti with tomato sauce or noodles with a cream sauce.

Modern Pasta Sauces has expanded my repertoire.

Inside Modern Pasta Sauces are sixty pasta sauce recipes built on familiar sauce bases: tomato, cream, meat, oil, pesto, and even vegan.

I am dying to try some of these, like Quick Olive Oil and Parmesan Sauce with Bacon and Fried Sage-Olive Oil Sauce with Crispy Prosciutto (oil-based sauces); Spicy Chipotle Tomato Sauce and Blender Creamy Tomato Sauce with Goat Cheese (tomato-based sauces); Creamy Roasted Carrot Sauce and Creamy Spinach-Parm Sauce (cream-based sauces); Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Sun-Dried
Tomato Pesto with Walnuts and Black Pepper (pesto-based sauces); Country Ham Ragu and Veal Sauce with Grilled Lemon (meat-based sauces); and Roasted Sweet Potato and Tomato Sauce and Eggplant, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato Sauce (vegan-based sauces).

I decided to try the Avocado Cream Sauce.


2 or 3 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 or 3 basil leaves, chiffonade cut, for garnish

1. Scoop the avocado fresh from the skins and place into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and cream and mash together with a fork until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
3. Add the avocado mixture and heat until just warmed through. Stir until smooth.
4. Toss with desired pasta and garnish with basil.

I mashed the avocado first.

I added fresh lemon juice. Then came whipping cream.

The garlic smelled delicious over the medium heat.

The cookbook has a clear and easy explanation of how to chiffonade. The basil was from our garden.

When the avocado mixture was warmed, we put the sauce over cheese tortellini. Amazing.

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  1. Yum!!! That looks sooooo good.

  2. My husband being Italian we mostly have Italian food in all varieties ! Sounds good what you are making !

  3. MMMM pasta...i love italian food, only second to my love of mexican food
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I cheat, mine comes out of jar. Wish I could make a nice sauce to go with pasta

  5. Thank You ☺ Have a nice Day!
    Happy WW! ☺

  6. Some of those sauces you name from the book sound so nice. My husband is of Italian descent and pasta is so important to him. Not sure he would agree to an avocado sauce, though - a bit different than what he grew up with.

  7. I always have at least 3 avocados on my counter. Avocado toast, avocado in salads, guacamole, but I have never tried avocado as a pasta sauce. You've convinced me! I'm going to try this recipe later this week. Thanks, Deb!

  8. Never tried an avocado sauce. I'd love to try it out some day. Pasta is a family favourite and I keep experimenting with new sauces every now and then. This one looks so delicious to me.

  9. There is nothing like a good sauce on pasta and that avocado cream looks like a winner to me. I will try it! thank

  10. I usually have avocados around --will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. OOOOOHHHHHH I have avocados AND cream to use up. Thank you! I know what I'm making for dinner!

  12. I've tried avocado pieces in pasta and enjoyed it but this creamy sauce looks even more delicious. Yum! ;-)


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