Green Pasta Boosts Good Cholesterol

I was so excited to see that eating an avocado a day could increase the "good" cholesterol and improve heart health in a post on NPR's blog.

 As a long-time fan of avocados simply because of their taste and texture, and of course because I am concerned about the health of my readers,  I wanted to share a recipe that is an amazing way to get that extra avocado in your diet.  A delicious side dish, Avocado Pasta is a favorite in our home, and is good hot or at room temp for a pasta salad.  I usually use one of the high-protein pastas  like Barilla Plus or  Ronzoni's Smart Taste.

Avocado Pasta (makes 4 servings)

4 servings of your favorite pasta, cooked

1 whole ripe avocado
1/2 cup half an half (you could use low-fat milk if you are counting calories)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, mashed
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (more if you like it cheesy)
1/4 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil

Cook pasta and toss with oil or butter, set aside.

Blend all sauce ingredients in the blender until smooth, add more milk bit by bit if needed to make pourable.  Toss sauce with cooked pasta, and enjoy.  I usually top with a bit of cracked pepper and fresh grated parmesan.