Green beans tossed in smooth and creamy pesto prepared with fresh basil, Parmesan and pine nuts.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 05 to 08 minutes minutes
Ingredients and Quantity:
Basil leaves, fresh- 1 ½ cups
Parmesan cheese, grated- 1/3 rd cup
Vegetable stock- 1/4th cup
Pine nuts- 01 tbsp.
Extra Virgin olive oil- ½ tbsp.
Salt- to taste
Black pepper, freshly ground- 1/4th tsp.
Garlic clove, minced- 02 nos.
Green beans, – 350 gm.
String, wash and cut beans into 1 ½ inch pieces.
Combine all ingredients of pesto in a food processor; process until it is very smooth.
Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Add green beans, and cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Drain the beans and place in a large bowl of cold water.
Drain and keep aside
In a heavy bottomed pan add olive oil, add pesto , a little vegetable stock and beans and toss over fierce heat to coat, ensuring that it does not burn or turn brown.
You may sprinkle lemon juice over the prepared green beans.
You may use a combination of lightly toasted almonds and pine nuts for the pesto.