Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Linguine with Frenched Green Beans and Parsley "Pesto"

I just had to make this dish. While flipping through my old copy of On Top of Spaghetti I was struck by the photo of this dish using green beans with the pasta. And it called for a green bean slicer which I had never heard of so of course I ordered up that neat little gadget just so I could play. The beans turned out sliced nicely but it was kind of a pain to push them through one by one.

Never a big pesto fan, I've been won over this past year. A few different things I have made call for making your own pesto and I really like it! It's so simple to just blend up a bunch of herbs and you get some really great flavors.

And this recipe has a bunch of neat tricks! It made me feel really Italian by putting the pesto in the bowl BEFORE the pasta and then tossing it with a cup of the reserved pasta water to complete the sauce right there in the bowl. I also liked the instruction to pour drain the pasta over the beans to re-warm them.

Linguine with Frenched Green Beans and Parsley "Pesto"
Serves 6 as a first course

8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed and sliced lengthwise into thin slivers
2 cups gently packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
10 large fresh basil leaves
1 small garlic clove, trimmed and peeled
1/2 cup light-flavored extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch or more of cayenne
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano, plus more to pass at the table
8 ounces dried linquine

Cook the green beans in boiling salted water until tender. They should yield easily under the pressure of your teeth. Drain in a colander and set aside next to the sink to await to pasta.

While the parsley, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and cayenne in a blender until you have a chunky puree. Pour into a warmed, but not hot, serving bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano.

Generously salt the pasta water and drop in the linguine. Cook, stirring often, until al dente. Reserve about 1 cup of the cooking water, then pour the remaining water and pasta into the colander over the beans. This will warm the beans if they have cooled. Transfer the pasta and beans to the serving bowl and toss with the sauce and cheese. Add enough reserved cooking water, a tablespoon at a time, to loosen the pesto. There should be a small puddle of sauce on the bottom of the bowl. Serve right away with extra Pecorino Romano passed at the table.

P.S. Mer Soleil is a super yummy chardonnay that, in my opinion, always goes well with dinner preparations.

Presto Pasta Night #236 is being hosted by HoneyB of The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honey Bunch. See the full recap of all entries here.


Ruth Daniels said...

Love the blog... so glad you shared this awesome looking pasta with Presto Pasta Nights. I'll be back often and hope you'll join the PPN roundups again and again.

Shelby said...

Don't you love how it can make you feel to be making something that is so successful? :) This is a great post - and thank you for submitting it to Presto Pasta Nights!