Thursday, July 29, 2010

easy being green

Unlike most of the dishes I post, this is a really simple and easy one, and it's still delicious: spaghetti with pesto, green beans and tomatoes

If for some reason you don't have oodles of pesto already made, here's the recipe:

2 packed cups of basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts (lightly toasted)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan

Put everything but the cheese in a food processor and chop, then add the cheese and mix it together.
You can store it in the fridge for a few weeks, or leave out the cheese, freeze, and then add it after you thaw it out.

Now on to the pasta:

Boil salted water (Steven likes to say it should taste like the sea) and throw in your spaghetti.  About 4 minutes before the pasta is done throw the beans in the pot the same pot.

Stain the pasta and beans, reserving a the water.

Add the pesto to the pasta along with a few tablespoons of the reserved water and a tablespoon of butter.  Mix thoroughly, plate, and top with a few tomatoes and that's it!   

It's fast, easy and yummy! The perfect dinner after a long day.


Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

That looks so yummy- love pesto!

Krystal said...

thanks for your nice comment! this looks delicious - i've been in to cooking lately so i'm definitely going to try it! and i like that you're from ann arbor! i went to school in GR so i looove michigan :)

Ana Degenaar said...

Goodnes gracious! I am on detox and this looks like something that I'd love to eat. Thank you! You've made my day.

7upkels said...

this looks mouthwatering. honestly. what a beautiful meal!!

ps. thanks for the birthday wishes :)

Inspired Shares said...

I was just trying to figure out what to make for dinner..and I think I now know:) Thanks and it really looks delicious!

p.s. I am having a Giveaway today...come visit!!

Julie ox

Brandi said...

Why is pesto so very heavenly? My roommate and I will make a bit container of it and then munch on it all week. We put it on pasta, bread...really, anything we think it's work on.

Lauren from pen.ny and I were talking about you and your awesome garden and yummy looking food today. And then I got to come home to another amazing post. Awesomeness.

abigail said...

I'm torn between being totally flattered you talked about me and completely jealous you two met in person!!!!!!
Oh how I want to move to the east coast. Maybe we could start a farming compound.

meemsnyc said...

Yum, love pesto.

Kala said...

Great shot, wonderful looking recipe, and now I am hungry again!