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Traditional Ligurian Pasta

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Liguria is known for having the best pesto in all of Italy. I've been told it is the soil that gives the basil grown in this area its unique flavor! Naturally, you find many pesto dishes that come from Liguria but this one happens to be my all time favorite. Whenever your locally grown beans come into season do take advantage and pair them with your own home made pesto in this quick and easy pasta dish! Here's a little tip; make lots of pesto, use what you need and divide the remainder into family size servings freeze in baggies. You'll never have to buy pesto in a jar again!
Ingredients
  Fresh basil leaves 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Garlic cloves 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Parmesan 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated
  Pine nuts 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Extra virgin olive oil 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Pasta 1 Pound
  Fresh green beans 1 Cup (16 tbs), cut into one inch pieces
  Potato 1 Large, cubed into ½-inch pieces
Directions

GETTING READY
1.Boil water for cooking pasta.
2.Cut and peel the potatoes and beans.

MAKING
2.Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan and 3 tablespoons olive oil in a blender.
3.With the blender running drizzle remaining olive oil into blender and blend until you have a smooth paste.
4.When the water comes to a boil add the pasta, green beans and potatoes.
5.Cook until pasta, green beans and potatoes are done.
6.Drain pasta and toss with about 4 tablespoons pesto, just enough to lightly coat the pasta, green beans and potatoes.

SERVING
7.Serve with some extra Parmesan.

TIP
Use what you need and store the remaining pesto in the refrigerator.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Boiled
Ingredient: 
Pasta
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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