Friday, June 29, 2012

Turkey Bacon & Avocado Summer Pasta

The perfect Summer pasta. Yum!

This recipe caught my eye on Pinterest a few weeks ago. I’d been on the lookout for yummy dinner ideas that didn’t require turning on the oven and this totally fit the bill. I had to do a little hunting to find the original source but it looks like it came from the
Better Homes and Gardens website.

Of course, I made a few minor swaps to make it a little healthier (added tomatoes and used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon). I also switched the Pecorino RomanoPecorino RomanoPecorino RomanoPecorino Romano for Parmesan cheese (because that’s what I had in the fridge).
Turkey Bacon & Avocado Summer Pasta


8 ounces of your favorite pasta (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetable Radiatore)
6 slices reduced-sodium turkey bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 Roma tomatoes, washed and chopped
2/3 cup fresh basil, washed and chopped
1 whole lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Cook turkey bacon according to package directions until crispy and easy to crumble. (I used the microwave and it took about 5 minutes. I checked every 30 seconds after the two-minute mark in order to avoid burning.)

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except avocado and toss well. Add avocado right before serving, toss lightly, and garnish with a little extra Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
Healthy “Swap”tion:
Trade the regular pasta for whole wheat and reduce the amount of extra-virgin olive oil from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.

The Result:
I thought this was going to be good…and it was actually great. The flavors complement each other so nicely and it’s a tasty, light way to enjoy pasta. I was going to serve this with garlic bread, but it worked out well as a stand-alone dish. Pasta, check. Veggies, check. Protein, check. It’s an all-around winner. The hubs really liked it too, which is always a bonus. This one will surely be making appearances on our dinner table throughout the summer.
Until next time,

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