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Pesto-Pasta with Green Beans

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10 servings, 1 cup each

Homemade pesto brings your cold pasta and green salad game to the next level. Get out the basil, pecans and garlic and try it yourself.

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  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding beans to the boiling water for the last 3 min.
  • Meanwhile, pulse basil, nuts and garlic in food processor until coarsely chopped. Add dressing; process until mixture forms thick paste.
  • Drain pasta mixture, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water. Place pasta mixture in large bowl. Add basil mixture and reserved cooking water; mix lightly. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
  • Add remaining ingredients just before serving; mix lightly.

How to Cook Fresh Green Beans

To prepare green beans, trim and discard the stems and ends from the beans. Wash just before cooking. Use a large enough pot or microwavable dish to avoid overcrowding the beans. Cook the beans just until crisp-tender. Overcooking robs them of their bright green color and fresh flavor.

Preparing Perfect Pasta

Follow the package directions to ensure that enough water is used for cooking the pasta. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente (tender but still a little firm to the bite), stirring frequently. To prevent pasta from sticking, add it slowly to plenty of boiling water and stir frequently while cooking. Adding oil to the cooking water is not recommended because some sauces may not cling to pasta coated with oil.


This pasta dish is equally delicious whether served at room temperature or chilled.


  • 10 servings, 1 cup each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 10 servings, 1 cup each
Calories 260
Total fat 12g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate 25g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 8 %DV
Calcium 25 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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