After last week’s tips on how to harvest your basil to prepare pesto
, I thought it was only fair that I share even more ways to use pesto. This recipe for Ligurian pesto pasta with green beans and red potatoes is a fantastic weeknight dinner. You can even save the leftovers and eat the rest for lunch, too.
Ligurian Pesto Pasta with Green Beans & Red Potatoes
You will need:
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
– 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
– 2 cups green beans cut into 2″ pieces
– 6 small red potatoes cut into quarters, skin on
– 1 box of dry mini penne pasta (or pen shaped pasta)
Cook pasta until al dente, about 15 minutes.
Add the beans and potatoes after pasta has cooked and cook for 5 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
Reserve 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water to lighten the pesto sauce consistency. Drain and pour into a large bowl.
Toss pasta, beans, and potatoes in 4 tablespoons olive oil. Add reserved water to the pesto in a seperate bowl (Note: pesto should be fluid, but not runny). Add pesto to the pasta and toss until incorporated. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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This time of year is cold, wet, gray and freezing outside. All we can do is wait for Spring. I swear it’s coming. In the meantime I try to come up with tummy warming menus and one of my favorites is a classic… sausage and peppers. This comfort food favorite is a great Sunday Supper option as it’s easy to prepare, delicious, and serves a crowd. Add some crunchy bread and a salad and you’re all set.
Here’s my recipe from Picture Perfect Parties, my cookbook. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Cheers to Spring showing up soon! x
Sausage and Peppers for a Crowd
Serves 8You will need:
– 6 Italian sausage
– 2 red peppers sliced
– 2 hot banana peppers sliced
– 1 jalapeno pepper minced
– 2 green peppers sliced
– 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
– 4 cloves of garlic minced
– ¼ cup olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Slice the peppers and the sausage into bite size pieces. In a large bowl toss all the ingredients and mix well. Place mixture into a ceramic baking dish. Bake for 1 ½ hours and serve warm. Garnish with assorted herbs like rosemary, parsley, oregano, or chives.
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