7 December 2012

The secret to a two minute 100% homemade pasta sauce



Are you curious to know this secret? Because I'm sure as hell excited to share it with you. 

This is truly magic and I'm not lying. I've struck gold with this two minute pasta sauce - just two ingredients, loads of flavour, loads of health and vegan to boot- perfect for kid lunchbox, your lunchbox or a quick weeknight dinner. 

And if you've made pasta for dinner, just cook a handful of extra pasta and save it in the fridge. With this sauce, your kiddie lunchbox can come together in less than 5 minutes. It's a promise. I even got myself a quick facial with the bits of leftover secret ingredient.

So, time to reveal the secret ingredient....
*drumrolls*
It's AVOCADO.

How to make two-minute pasta sauce from scratch?
Printable version here

Take your blender (or mixer) out.
Quarter one large ripe tomato. Halve a fully ripe avocado. Scoop out from skin. 
(Don't throw away skin*)
Blend the tomato (skin, seeds and all) and flesh from half avocado to a puree.
Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Smash and finely mince 1 clove of garlic. 
Add the puree, 1/2 teaspoon salt and warm for one minute. Add salt and 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, crushed between finger tips (or any other dried herb you fancy).

Coat pasta in this sauce and warm through.
Garnish with fresh basil if you like.

This makes enough sauce for a really saucy pasta for one or lightly coated pasta for two.
You can easily scale up the recipe using 1 large avocado + 4 large tomatoes, 2-3 cloves of garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil for four people. Add chilli flakes to the oil, if it's only for adults or if your kids don't mind the spice.

*Rub your face with the leftover bits of avocado inside and wash after 10 minutes for glowing baby-soft skin.

Avocado gives the sauce a mellow creaminess without adding any cream or dairy to the sauce whatsoever. Avocado is sold as butter-fruit in several parts of India.

You could even prepare this with your kids and teach them to warm the sauce in the microwave and they can toss the pasta in this. The best way to make your kids eat healthy food is to involve them in the cooking process. The next time you do your food shopping, make sure you buy an avocado, just to try this recipe out and you'll know that I'm not joking about this magical pasta sauce.

26 comments:

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

sounds awesome! I have never added avocado to my tomato sauce! Will try this for sure :)

nags said...

ok this IS awesome. i have 2 avocados wasting away and we are sick of guac (for a while anyway). this is getting made this weekend.

Aparna said...

2 minute pasta sauce + beauty tip -> super post :)

chatkhor said...

wohoo! i have never got a hang of using the avacado right.. but this is cool! and it works well on the skin eh! never knew that!

Nandita said...

Thanks :)

Nandita said...

Key is to just warm the puree and not bubble away like other pasta sauces- best use of very ripe avocados :)

Nandita said...

It is quite magical!

Naam mein kya hai? said...

Oh So yummm

Guest said...

Yay for Avo! :)

Susmitha - Veganosaurus said...

Yay for Avo! :) Your sauce looks super delish.

Sowmya Chandrasekaran said...

What it is VEGAN!!! So creamy and yummy!!!!!!

Sowmya
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Priya Iyengar said...

Hi Nandita, Thanks for sharing this. Can you please tell this newbie what avocado's called in Hindi/Tamil? :P

Nandita said...

Butter fruit is what it's called in the south

Cheryl Dolby said...

Thanks so much for posting this recipe. It sounds like it has the makings of being a real healthy hit!

Divya said...

This is such a clever and healthy way of making a creamy sauce for Pasta.. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing! You are a GENIUS !!!!!

Pritam said...

Hi Nandita, such a simple and nice recipe :) Can you tell me where I can buy avocado in Bangalore? I stay near the old airport road..

Krishh said...

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Krishh said...

Try MG1, and Auchan :)

Kamini said...

Wow, that picture really had me drooling! I am going to make this very, very soon - I happen to have both tomatoes and avocados at home right now! Thanks for sharing!

Deepa Brown said...

Hi
I made this for a gourmet 5 year old with a VERY discerning palate and she asked me to tell you that its "one hundred thumbs up". I agree with her. You have a winner here! Got any more kid friendly healthy tricks?

Nitin Alabur said...

looks too simple to believe that its true! will try this soon :)

Arti said...

You have pasta with avocado sauce being sold at the IKEA food courts here.. :)

Janaki Krishnamurthy said...

Hi nandita,


I cannot wait to try this. But here is my question. Can you taste the flavor of avaocado in the sauce? The reason I am asking is I once broiled an avocado quickly that I saw on pinterest and I DID NOT like that taste. It tasted quite eggy. I love raw avocados , but I am skeptical of avocados in any cooked form..Can you describe how the flavor was?

Sudha said...

Hi Nandita,
I tried your recipe today...and it just turned out so good with such a simple recipe.Just one question...will heating the sauce a bit longer with avocado make it a bit bitter in taste?

praveen sharma said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with us . This is really beautiful .
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Aishwarya said...

Hi. I made this sauce n it tastes a bit bitter. Could it be because I over boiled it? Help!!