Linguine with avocado, black olive and basil


250 g Dried linguine

3 Avocados

3 Tablespoons extra virgin oil

4 Shallots, peeled and finely chopped

Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

3 Garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

½ Medium-hot red chilli, seeds and membranes discarded, finely chopped

100 g Stoned black olives, halved

Juice of 1 lemon

3 Heaped tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve

A handful of torn basil leaves, or mint leaves


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil while you prepare the ingredients.

Add pasta to the pan, and once it is fully submerged give it a stir to separate out the


Quarter the avocados and remove the stone. Peel off the skin and slice

each quarter across into chunks.

Halfway into cooking the pasta, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium

heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and sweat for about three minutes, adding

the garlic and chilli halfway through.

Leaving the pasta firm to the bite, drain it into a colander, without being too

thorough about this. Return it to the saucepan, tip in the contents of the frying pan,

add the avocado and black olives and toss.

Pour over the lemon juice, scatter over

the three tablespoons of parmesan, season with salt an pepper and toss again.

Finally toss in the basil or mint, pile onto four warm plates and serve straightaway

wit extra parmesan at the table.