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Green Bean Pasta With Cashew Pesto
Posted: Sep 23, 2022
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Whole foods, plant-based eating gets easier with recipes from Forks Over Knives. This is a quick-to-assemble dinner with fresh and bright ingredients that will become one of your favorite regular recipes.

Source: Forks Over Knives

Green Bean Pasta With Cashew Pesto

Prep time: 30 min

Makes 8 cups, 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 oz. dried whole wheat spaghetti
  • 8 oz. fresh thin green beans, trimmed and halved lengthwise, if desired
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. For pesto, place cashews in a bowl. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes; drain. In a blender or food processor combine cashews and the next six ingredients (through lemon juice).
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding green beans the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan. Add pesto and cannellini beans; toss to coat. Add reserved pasta cooking water a little at a time to achieve desired texture, tossing to combine. Season with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with pistachios and, if desired, crushed red pepper.

Notes:

  • Pesto can be made ahead the day before to save time.
  • Not a green bean fan? Replace the green beans with asparagus or mushrooms.

Nutrition:

178 calories per serving. Total fat 5.3 grams, dietary fiber 7.3 grams, protein 9.6 grams.

The author Jenny Ahlstrom

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Jenny Ahlstrom

Multiple myeloma patient, sister-in-law to AML patient, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by joining their disease communities and contributing their patient stories to advance a cure. Founder of the HealthTree Foundation. 

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