Tequila-Spiked Fettuccine with Shrimp and California Avocado

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26 g
Total Fat
6 g
Dietary Fiber
28 g
48.5 g
Total Carbs


Serves: 4
  large, ripe tomatoes, cored
1/2  lb.  fettuccine
  Salt, for pasta water
Tbsp.  extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for pasta
lb.  medium domestic shrimp, peeled and deveined
tsp.  crushed red pepper flakes
tsp.  salt
1/2  tsp.  freshly ground black pepper
tsp.  minced garlic
  large, ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
1/4  cup  Silver Tequila
  ripe Fresh California Avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and cut in ½-inch dice
  bunch basil, cut into thin strips
Tbsp.  unsalted butter, cold
  As needed  Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Puree the whole tomatoes in a blender until smooth, adding a small amount of water, if necessary. Reserve.
  2. Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and salt to the pot. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and sauté the shrimp for 1 minute on each side. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional
    30 seconds.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and add the diced tomatoes and tequila. Return skillet to heat and continue to sauté for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (Be careful as pan might flame.)
  5. Stir in half the diced avocado and half the basil. Transfer shrimp mixture to a platter using a slotted spoon, leaving liquid in the skillet.
  6. Add the reserved tomato puree to the skillet, bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until the mixture is reduced by about one-third. Add the butter, stirring until it is melted. Then, add the remaining diced avocado and basil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Toss finished sauce with cooked pasta until thoroughly combined.
  7. To serve, divide pasta mixture onto individual entrée plates or into shallow pasta bowls. Top with shrimp mixture and serve immediately.*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
Calories 513
Total Fat 26 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 14 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 mg
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Protein 28 g
Total Carbs 48.5 g
Cholesterol 181 mg
Sodium 976 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Sugar 0 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Mary Sue Milliken

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Border Grill in Los Angeles, CA

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