Recipe by MsPia
Pasta with bean and pesto. From an Italian cooking magazine. Very tasty dish, a crowd pleaser.
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
- 5 tablespoons pesto sauce
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, cubed
- 2 tablespoons onions, chopped
- 1 lb gemelli pasta
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 bunch basil
- 1⁄2 lb green beans, young
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
- 6 tomatoes, seeded and cut into strips
- 1⁄4 lb parmesan cheese
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
Directions See How It's Made
- Cut the ends of the green beans.
- Saute onions over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 a cup of water, heat and then add the canellini beans. Mix gently for a minute until the water is reduced.
- Add bacon and cook for about 2-3 minutes; finally add tomatoes salt and pepper to taste.
- In a blender or food processor mix 3 Tbs olive oil, pesto, half of the Parmesan cheese and the pine nuts.
- In a large pot boil pasta according to package directions; add the potatoes to the pasta and in the last 3 minutes add the green beans.
- Drain on a colander and add to the pan with the tomatoes mix.
- Mix well, add the pesto and mix again. If necessary add a little bit of the cooking water.
- Pour on a serving bowl, sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and decorate with basil leaves.