Pesto Green Beans

Yumm… fresh basil pesto, fresh green beans… a terrific combination.  I couldn’t wait to try my pesto on pasta for dinner so I put it on my green beans for an afternoon snack. 

Today I used almonds instead of pine nuts.  Most nuts work well particularly walnuts and pecans.

Fresh Basil Pesto

1 1/2 cups loosely packed, washed basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop basil in a food processor or mini-chopper.  Add remaining ingredients and blend to form a paste.  Toss with hot pasta or hot green beans… a few tablespoons are also amazing in mashed or on roasted potatoes.

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