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    Green Beans With Balsamic Pesto

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    Galley Wench's Note:

    Recipe comes from Lynn Rosetto Kasper's cookbook The Splendid Table. It's amazing how a little balsamic can invigorate basil pesto! I've changed the order for the pesto, hopefully this will solve the problem other reviewers have experienced.

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    1. 1
      Making the Pesto:.
    2. 2
      Combine the basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in a blender or food processor and blend until the basil is finely chopped, but not pureed.
    3. 3
      Add the olive oil, and garlic and blend until almost smooth.
    4. 4
      Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
    5. 5
      Cooking the Beans:.
    6. 6
      Pour about 2 inches of water into a 6 quart pot.
    7. 7
      Place a collapsible steamer in the pot, cover, and bring to a full boil.
    8. 8
      Place beans in the steamer, cover the pot, and steam 6 minutes, or until tender crisp.
    9. 9
      Mix 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar.
    10. 10
      Remove the beans to a shallow serving bowl.
    11. 11
      Add the pesto to the beans, stirring in the vinegar/sugar mixture.
    12. 12
      Toss to thoroughly coat the beans.
    13. 13
      Taste for seasoning and serve hot or at room temperature.
    14. 14
      Note: Refrigeration will alter the flavors so best served right after the pesto and beans are combined.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 22, 2010


      Great recipe for using up tons of basil. My husband, who doesn't like green beans much, actually liked them. Good flavor. I had to use powdered garlic since I couldn't find any of the real stuff in my cupboard. Bet it will be even better with fresh garlic.

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    • on July 18, 2010


      Great recipe-Would definitely make it again! Thanks

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    • on November 23, 2007


      Delicious! Enjoyed as an alternative to the classic casserole for Thanksgiving. Had the same issue, though, with the basil, cheese, and oil: used slightly more than asked for, just to get the "puree". Worth it, though, thank you for posting, Galley Wench!

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    Nutritional Facts for Green Beans With Balsamic Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (116 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 161.6
    Calories from Fat 107
    Total Fat 11.9 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 7.2 mg
    Sodium 371.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 6.1 g

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