Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

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Stuffed Shells are one of my kids’ favorites dinnertime treats. You’ve got to agree, stuffing jumbo pasta shells with cheese filling is a sure-bet mood enhancer after a long tiring day as school.

Lately I’ve been tinkering with a couple of my classic stuffed shell recipes, to mix things up at dinnertime.

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Avocados provide a rich silky texture and a bright mellow essence to just about any dish.

I thought it would be fun to use them as the base of an ultra creamy pesto recipe to lighten the overall flavor.

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Traditional pesto is usually made with fresh basil, nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

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In my version of avocado pesto, I like to skip the basil, because it over powers the delicate flavors of the avocados, and go with cilantro (or parsley) instead.

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However, I did still use a small amount of olive oil for flavor, and pistachios for a strong nutty finish.

This combination brings together the taste and texture of good guacamole, with a classic Italian pesto… We’re kind of crazy over it.

In fact, if you have any avocado pesto leftover after stuffing the shells, it makes an amazing dip!

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To make Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells, puree the pesto in a food processor, then stir together a quick ricotta and parmesan mixture.

Pinch the ends of each cooked shell to open the top wide, and spoon in ricotta filling.

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Then spoon in a heaping portion of avocado pesto…

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Bake the shells for 15-20 minutes, then cover with a little more cheese and pop the dish back in the oven to melt the cheese on top.

That’s it. Simple, unique, and ridiculously delicious!

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There were What-About-Bob style growns happening around our table the first time I served Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells.

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If you are looking to introduce flavor combinations to your family, this Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells recipe is tantalizing springboard into a world of possibilities.

Give them a try!

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19 comments on “Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

  1. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted April 8, 2016 at 11:15 am Reply

    This is on my list to try soon! My family will love these flavors!

  2. Gaby Dalkinposted April 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    These look amazing!! What a great, easy dinner.

  3. Mariaposted April 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Im drooling!

  4. Samina - Clean Nibblesposted April 9, 2016 at 6:08 am Reply

    This is awesomeness taken to a whole new level! I love the idea of  avocado pesto stuffed in the shells!!! Looks gorgeous!

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  6. Mary @ Fit and Fedcposted April 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I had to read once I saw that idea of avocado pesto, in stuffed shells no less. Avocado is a creamy comfort food that totally goes with the homey idea of stuffed shells!

  7. Maureen Wadsworthposted October 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer: These look absolutely delicious and I will be making them soon. I would like to add a sauce that people could pour on if they wanted. I was thinking a creamy rose tomato sauce. Can you think of another sauce that would go well with these without overpowering the avocado?
    Maureen from Toronto

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  11. JPposted February 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Do you remove the pistachio’s from their shells before you use them for the sauce?!?!

    • Sommerposted February 22, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

      Hi JP! Yes, you need to use shelled pistachios. I would just buy them shelled rather than shelling them myself. :)

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