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Avocados Give Pasta Dishes A Delightfully Unexpected Twist
(NAPSA) - Here's food for thought: California-grown avocados are widely acknowledged to be exceptionally creamy and delicious, but it is less well known that they offer more than delectable flavor. One-fifth of a medium avocado (about 1 oz.) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to the diet. California avocados are currently in season at peak availability, so now is a perfect time to incorporate this remarkable fruit into your diet.
Milliken and Feniger's original recipe for Tequila-Spiked Fettuccine with Shrimp and California Avocado combines avocados with pasta for a delightfully unexpected pairing, which highlights the fruit's versatility.
Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cooking Time: 30 minutes - Total Time: 45 minutes
Puree the whole tomatoes in a blender until smooth, adding a small amount of water, if necessary. Reserve.
Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and salt to the pot. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and saute the shrimp for 1 minute on each side. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 30 seconds.
Remove skillet from heat and add the diced tomatoes and tequila. Return skillet to heat and continue to saute for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (Be careful as pan might flame.)
Stir in half the diced avocado and half the basil. Transfer shrimp mixture to a platter using a slotted spoon, leaving liquid in the skillet.
Add the reserved tomato puree to the skillet, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced by about one-third. Add the butter, stirring until it is melted. Then, add the remaining diced avocado and basil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Toss finished sauce with cooked pasta until thoroughly combined.
To serve, divide pasta mixture onto individual entree plates or into shallow pasta bowls. Top with shrimp mixture and serve immediately.
For other recipes that feature fresh California avocados, visit CaliforniaAvocado.com.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 513 calories; 26 grams fat (6 grams saturated, 14 mono, 3 poly); 181 mg cholesterol; 976 mg sodium; 48.5 grams carbohydrate; 6 grams fiber; 28 grams protein.
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