Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's For Dinner Wednesday - Pasta With Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

This recipe came from Martha Stewart Everyday Food cookbook I have and looked interesting so I tried it and it was delish! I hope you like it too! My kids even ate it, well all except the green beans *giggles*

PASTA WITH PESTO, POTATOES and GREEN BEANS

Ingredients

Serves 4
  • 2 waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 ounces cavatappi
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup Pesto (I used classico brand ready made in the pasta sauce aisle - there is a recipe at the bottom if you want to make your own)
  • Pepper
Directions
  1. Peel and cut 2 waxy potatoes into 1-inch cubes; place in a large pot of water; bring to a boil.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 8 ounces cavatappi or other short tubular pasta; return to a boil; cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add 8 ounces trimmed and halved green beans. Return to a boil; cook until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes.
  4. Drain; toss with 1/2 cup pesto; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
BASIC PESTO SAUCE

Ingredients
Makes 1 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, or walnuts
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh basil or parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until golden and fragrant, tossing occasionally, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. In a food processor, combine toasted nuts, basil, Parmesan, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Process until finely chopped. With machine running, pour olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube; process until smooth.

2 comments:

cards by designs said...

this looks wonderful!!!!!!!! gotta try it. check out my blog candy!!!!
you are welcome to share with friends!
Julie J

JenMarie said...

Hi Amanda!!!
Just wanted to tell you I think of you often - I just moved to Marietta, GA and there's a Sewell Rd here!!!! :)