Avocado Mac

Avocado Mac

This recipe is a combination of the many versions you can find on Pinterest. There’s a million ways to do it, whether you are looking to go cheesier, creamer, or vegan… (spoiler: this is not vegan), but you’ll find what works best for you, of course. Super easy, and the best part of this recipe is that it takes only as long as it takes to boil your pasta. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Ingredients

  •  10 ounces dry elbow macaroni (Eat Banza, whole grain, spaghetti shape – the choice is yours. I make mine with Barilla Whole Grain elbows)
  •  2 cloves garlic minced (or a teaspoon of the minced kind you keep in the fridge if you are a cheater like me)
  •  2 avocados peeled and pitted
  •  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or lime if that’s your preference. I have tried it both ways & prefer lemon)
  •  1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or dried cilantro seasoning will do the trick!)
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  •  2 tablespoons butter
  •  2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  •  1 cup milk
  •  2% Greek yogurt
  •  2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  •  Fresh avocado chunks for garnish, if desired (cause it’s all about presentation obvi)

Instructions

  1. Begin cooking your noodles by getting water boiling in a pot with a handful of salt.
  2. Cut open your fresh avod and dice them as needed to fit them into your blender/bullet/food processor. Add lemon juice, cilantro, and garlic. Pulse it up. Make it as smooth or as chunky as your heart desires.
  3. In a pan, throw 2 pads of butter on for a minute and then add your flour, milk, and cheese. Let it melt together beautifully before adding in your mashed up avocado. 
  4. Your pasta is likely about done cooking by this point, so drain it (not entirely, leave a littttttle bit of the salty water in there) and pour it into your bubbling, cheesy green pan that is starting to smell pretty great.
  5. Stir it up over low heat for a couple minutes, and add seasoning to taste. I also recommend adding in some greek yogurt to up the creaminess.
  6. Finally, dish it up and enjoy! Add some extra cheese and avo chunks on top for the gram!

Notes: With the intention of having a vegetable with this meal, I often add chopped broccoli in with my noodles while they cook.

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