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Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Shrimp

Apparently, I like to torture myself. Sometimes it’s in small ways, like keeping my size zero jeans from my modeling days that I will never fit into again. Ever. Ever.

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Sometimes it’s by spending hours looking at photos, like these, that are so good I know I will never be able to grace the world with images that perfect.

Lately, because I’m about knee-deep  in the cookbook I’m writing, the stress of my rapidly approaching deadline has somehow convinced me that I need to read Amazon cookbook reviews. The bad ones. Always the bad one.

And it terrifies me. Although, it should makes me feel better. If people can find ridiculous faults with gorgeous cookbooks, I have no chance of pleasing everyone, and that will put me in good company. The company of every other person who has ever written a book of any kind.

Although I did learn something: People Suck.

-One lady left a nasty 1-star  review on a cookbook she didn’t own and  had never even seen in real life because she hated the POSITIVE reviews. What the hell?

-Several people left angry 1-star reviews because the cookbook in question had too many "hard" recipes.

-One lady left an irate review about a cookbook called "Savory Pies" because it wasn’t a dessert cookbook. SAVORY!!

-One guy left a 1-star review of a cookbook because he didn’t think the color of the cover went well with his kitchen.

-One lady left a bad review because the author said, "too many common sense things" Apparently the absurd and irrational cookbook wasn’t available for Kindle.

So, I have no chance. I can’t please everyone, that just needs to be a fact that is accepted. Like how it rains in Los Angeles from time to time, or that you will have to replace the tires on your car at some point.

I wish I was OK with this idea that someone will inevitably pay money for my book and hate it, but it happens to keep me up at night.

I worry that someone will try to make the Stout Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Porter Ganache and confuse weight ounces with fluid ounces and blame me when her husbands birthday cake doesn’t work. (BTW, whomever decided that two completely separate units of measurement, that have nothing to do with each other, should have the same name, is an A-Hole.)

I even worry that someone who can’t drink alcohol will leave me a nasty review about my Cooking with Beer book about how he can’t make any of the recipe, due to the fact that they ALL contain beer.

Instead of looking away from the train wreck of the ignorant spewing hatred at other people’s hard work, I stress ate pasta.

It was great, and even my Avocado averse husband loved it.

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Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Shrimp


4 servings of pasta of choice

For The Sauce:

  • 2 large avocados
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup parmesan plus ¼ cup
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

For The Shrimp:

  • ½ lb shrimp, raw, deveined and peeled
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • pinch cayenne (plus additional as desired)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup arugula

Yield: Four Servings


  1. Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water until almost cooked through (just before al dente).
  2. In a food processor add the flesh of the avocados, cream, ½ cup parmesan, ½ cup whole milk and process until smooth. Transfer to a pot over medium high heat. Simmer until warmed, about 5 minutes. Add the salt and pepper, plus additional to taste. Add the noodles into the sauce, simmering until noodles have finished cooking, about 3 additional minutes (add remaining 1/4 cup milk if sauce becomes overly dry and thick).
  3. In a bowl stir together the black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder salt and cayenne. Add additional cayenne for a higher level of heat. Add peeled shrimp and toss until shrimp are well coated.
  4. Heat olive oil until hot but not smoking in a pan over medium high heat. Add the shrimp, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  5. Plate pasta, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, top with arugula and then shrimp. Serve immediately.


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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 7, 2013 um 2:02 am

Reading cookbook reviews is pure torture. People leave the weirdest/rudest comments and like you said, you can’t please everyone. But boy, these photos are great! And that’s saying something b/c I have a wicked shellfish allergy and couldnt even touch this with a 10 foot pole but it still looks fab to me!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 10:16 am

You’re so sweet! There must be people out there that just make a hobby out of being rude and nasty online, how sad.


Bree January 7, 2013 um 6:09 am

Oh my gosh I can completely relate to this worrying! I am cooking live at a big event this weekend and having the same worries–will they hate me? My food? Will no one buy my sauces? I think this is human nature, but I can tell you, that I adore your recipes on both sites. You are incredibly talented and you take beautiful pictures. –and who doesn’t like a little pasta to make one feel better?! And oh yeah-people can be complete idiots 😉


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 10:17 am

Of course people will love you! And your sauces, you will both be a huge hit!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 7, 2013 um 6:47 am

You seriously cant please everyone, and you shouldnt try to. As long as you know inside yourself that you have done your best, then you’ll be okay. Some people unfortunately are douches and will be forever cranky. I just don’t get it. I experienced a few of them when I used to work for WF. I’d wonder why life could be so tragic if there was no choc croissants left…pick another damn pastry!!!!
Happy Monday 🙂


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 10:19 am

HAHAH! So true. It’s a pastry, not a tragedy! You wonder how these people deal with real life problems when they fall apart over something so small.


claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 7, 2013 um 8:06 am

omg you are nuts. I refuse to read bad cookbook reviews b/c I’m terrified everyone will hate mine!!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 10:21 am

Ok, we need to talk more about that last sentence. News?? How do I not know more about that?


Ashley – baker by nature January 7, 2013 um 9:21 am

I loved every word of this post, Jackie! I am constantly stressing about what I didn’t do perfectly, or what other people are saying or thinking: so silly! I can’t wait to buy your cookbook, and this pasta looks 100% awesome.


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 7, 2013 um 9:26 am

I don’t like shrimp but I want that alfredo sauce over every pasta!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 7, 2013 um 10:02 am

It’s hard not to worry about what other people think but you can’t let that stress you. It’s a waste of time to let the bad/mean/nasty comments and reviews spoil your fun. And you should have fun writing your cookbook. I can’t wait till it comes out! This pasta sounds as it looks – fabulous!!!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 10:40 am

Thank you! I try to tell myself that, but it’s so hard to pull my brain away from thinking about the nasty blog comments I’ve gotten and what I’ll do when those types hit larger media!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 7, 2013 um 11:10 am

Love the sound of the avocado alfredo sauce!


Laura January 7, 2013 um 11:22 am

If the recipes are all as fabulous as this – then I can’t wait to write you a 5-star review, homegirl! 🙂

Oh, and for the record – I made the chocolate stout cheesecake this weekend and it was everything that I was looking for.

Can’t wait to make this pasta, it sounds divine. I love any kind of spicy shrimp/creamy pasta combo!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 11:26 am

Yay! That makes me so happy 🙂


Cassie | Bake Your Day January 7, 2013 um 5:03 pm

People seriously suck. Except you, you definitely do not suck! And I can’t wait to get my eyes on ever stinking inch of your cookbook. And you better believe it will receive a 5-star review from me!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 8:46 pm

You’re the best 🙂 Can NOT WAIT to meet you in April!


Julie @ Table for Two January 7, 2013 um 6:54 pm

haters will always hate. people love bringing others misery. don’t let those negative comments ever get to you when your cookbook comes out. it will seriously drown you!! i want some of this pasta, ASAP!


Jackie January 7, 2013 um 8:47 pm

Why does it seem like it’s getting worse? It feels like the past week has stirred up the dredges of society. Maybe I’m just more aware of it!


Alejandra January 7, 2013 um 6:55 pm

This recipe looks absolutely wonderful! I wish I could just twirl my fork right into it. Good luck as you complete your book!


Anna @ Hidden Ponies January 7, 2013 um 10:22 pm

People are CA-razy, stop reading those reviews 🙂 Love this pasta!!


Jackie January 10, 2013 um 9:59 pm

I know right? I need to stop doing that, but I get sucked in.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 8, 2013 um 12:02 am

Stress-eating pasta will solve a lot of things, especially when it’s pasta like this!

And yes, people are freaking psycho. Don’t worry about the crazies – you have such an awesome foodie community that will go CRAZY (the good kind of crazy) over your book 🙂


Losa January 8, 2013 um 7:36 am

Thanks , I’ve just been looking for a new quick pasta sauce recipe


RavieNomNoms January 8, 2013 um 8:03 am

Well I think you are amazing! There is no way you are ever going to please everyone, it is just never going to happen. You have to just look at it the way I was told to by a friend of mine. If you love what you are doing, who gives a f*&% what other people think 😉

This recipe looks sensational!! A definite must try!


Kim Wriston-Gallagher January 8, 2013 um 10:16 am

This looks amazing! However I have a question..I have a lactose issue so heavy cream or diary is out..low fat is usually ok..could this be made with low fat milk or evaporated milk as apposed to the cream or whole milk?


Jackie January 8, 2013 um 10:12 pm

I’m not sure. Maybe try some olive oil and low fat milk or even a bit of soy milk? Worth a try, I guess! And I’d probably add some lemon juice and some garlic to add some flavor.


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 8, 2013 um 3:01 pm

For reals, people suck. I am often surprised by mean comments people leave on blogs. Especially when it’s probably that they did something wrong. You shouldn’t worry! I am confident that the positive reviews will totally outweigh any bad ones!! You rock!

As does this dish. As if alfredo and shrimp weren’t already good enough on their own, you go and add avocado, my most favorite thing ever!


Cherish January 9, 2013 um 3:25 am

Really nice pasta sauce with avocados, very little else we require :D.


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen January 10, 2013 um 10:43 am

Okay, first, these pictures are GORGEOUS! The photo at the top of this post drew me here like a fly to honey girl. Second, I hope you can embrace and enjoy this opportunity and push out the negativity. You are right about the naysayers. They will always be there and there’s nothing we can do about that. I can’t wait for your cookbook to be published and I know so many others are with me. Congratulations again 🙂 Btw, I want this pasta…now!


Deanna January 13, 2013 um 1:49 pm

People suck. Its so easy for people to be mean over the internet. I’m super excited about your book, and if you happen to still need testers, pick me!


ross gold January 14, 2013 um 6:38 pm

Everyone loves this! Made it for lunch and it was a huge hit with my kids.


frida January 15, 2013 um 3:06 pm

I made this for a party and it was a big hit!


Kristyn January 24, 2013 um 2:00 pm

Have you thought of taking all the weird reviews or comments and creating a chapter, or even a book? Just a suggestion.

On the food note: I so can’t wait to try this!!!


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a farmer in the dell February 5, 2013 um 2:34 pm

you are amazing. And yes, people suck! But guess what, you can make a mean avocado alfredo pasta sauce. And that is priceless!


BB March 11, 2013 um 2:11 pm

I had this page pinned on Pinterest because I made it and it was awesome, but then currently received an email from Pinterest stating they had to remove it because the copyright owner wanted it removed.
Should I not repin stuff I find on Pinterest that directs me to your site? I was confused. And a little flustered because I had it filed on a page where I had completed recipes and notes of what I did and what to try next time… and now it’s gone 🙁
So I just wanted to make sure I’m doing this right so that any pins from your site don’t disappear again.


Jackie March 11, 2013 um 2:45 pm

No, please pin away! Pinterest is cracking down on people who cut and paste the entire recipe in the pin. They even removed two of my pins that went to my site! I just found out that if a
Bad pin is reported they remove all the pins from that page, even the good ones! I had no idea, they removed mine as well.


BB December 26, 2013 um 4:55 pm

Ok cool. Forgot to mention that I love this recipe! I was a little thrown off by eating green pasta but it’s so good! Making again tonight!
What’s your favorite type of noodle to use with this dish?


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Basia May 10, 2013 um 6:01 am

The recipe looks delicious! I’m going to try it this weekend:) You’re doing great, don’t worry about what anybody is saying. Cheers!


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maris July 28, 2013 um 1:40 pm

Yep. Size zero suit hanging in my closet from job interviews in 2007 that I will never fit into again. Can’t make myself throw it out!

I love avocado pasta — I make a version w/ avocado, lemon, basil and olive oil and I bet it would be delicious with your spicy shrimp!


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