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Pasta e Fagioli with Pesto

Pesto adds robust flavor to this one-dish pasta supper which is loaded with healthy ingredients. Use fresh, locally grown ingredients for very healthiest and tastiest fare. Also, you can choose gluten-free pasta for an even healthier recipe.

1/2 lb. borlotti (or cranberry) beans
3 c. basil leaves
5 tbsp. lemon juice
2 clove garlic
3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp. fresh-ground pepper
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2/4 lb. pasta, such as penne or strozzapreti (choose gluten-free for the healthiest recipe)
1 large Sweet onion
8 oz. green beans
0.33 c. white wine
8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes

(As always, The Best Years in Life recommends choosing organic content and fresh content as much as possible for the healthiest recipe. Also, wash all fruits and vegetables before cutting or adding to the recipe.)

 

Instructions

1. Cook the dried beans: Place the dried beans in a medium pot and fill with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 1 hour. Drain the beans, discard the liquid and return the beans to the pot. Add 3 inches of water and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until the beans are tender -- about 45 minutes. Strain, reserving the cooking liquid, and keep warm.

2. Make the pesto: Combine the basil, lemon juice, 1 whole garlic clove, parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in the bowl of a food processor and puree. Add 1/2 cup olive oil in a slow, steady stream and continue to process for 1 more minute until well pureed. Set aside.

3. Cook the pasta: Bring 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat, in a large saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of coarse salt. Place 3/4 pound of the strozzapreti or penne pasta in the water and cook (maintaining a medium boil) until just al dente -- about 9 minutes. Drain the pasta immediately (do not rinse). Set aside.

4. Cook the vegetables: Finely chop the remaining garlic clove. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are deep golden brown -- 5 to 7 minutes. Add the green beans and remaining salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute more. Add the wine, borlotti beans, and 1/2 cup of the reserved bean cooking liquid. Cover and cook until beans are warmed and green beans are tender -- 2 to 3 more minutes.

5. Assemble the dish: Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the bean mixture and pesto, and toss. Top with the tomatoes and serve warm.

Serves 8

Original recipe (modified) and image source: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1046/pasta-e-fagioli-pesto-3152/

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