"This is a nice change from a traditional salad. From the Neely's Celebration Cookbook."
fresh ground black pepper
trimmed green beans, 1/2 inch slices
( fresh or dried)
garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
fresh basil leaf
fresh parsley leaves
fresh mint leaves
crushed red pepper flakes
shredded parmesan cheese
lemon, juice and zest of
extra virgin olive oil
Prepare a large pot of salted boiling water, and a large bowl of ice water.
Blanch the green beans in the boiling water, 1-2 minutes. Remove the beans with a spider or tongs, and shock them in the large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Add the tortellini to the same pot of boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain well and let cool.
Combine the pecans and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add basil, parsley, mint, red pepper flakes, Parmesan, salt, pepper and the lemon juice and zest, and pulse again until finely chopped. Drizzle in the olive oil while the motor is running, and blend until thoroughly combined(this makes a pesto).
Combine the green beans and tortellini in a serving bowl, and toss wit the pesto. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!