Spinach-Basil Pesto Pasta and Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

February 6th, 2013 6:40 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Tonight – well, last Wednesday night; my queue is pleasantly plump! – was a cleaning out the fridge kind of night. The remains of the spinach I bought for the Cheesy Mac and Greens became Spinach-Pesto Sauce, and the week-old green beans and half a can of diced tomatoes combined to make Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic – both recipes from Vegan Italiano. It doesn’t look like much, but I’ll be damned if this wasn’t the most delicious fridge-emptying dinner in recent memory!

The pesto, which comes together in all of three minutes, was good enough as is – though I decided to add a half a cup of walnuts for a little extra bulk. Klein doesn’t say how much pasta one batch will coat, but a pound of angel hair seems about right. Use a little less pasta (or a little more pesto) if you like your pasta extra-pesto-y!

Spinach pesto is actually kind of genius – an excellent way of sneaking spinach onto the plate of someone who normally won’t touch the stuff. Now that I think about it, I’m a little surprised that Wild About Greens doesn’t have a pesto recipe.

As for the green beans, they’re ridiculously good. Granted, they require an hour plus of cook time, but it’s totally worth it (and mostly hands-off, anyway). Mine didn’t get quite as melt-in-your mouth tender as Klein promises, but they came pretty close. Soft and juicy, with an almost buttery taste – mmmmm mmmmmm. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Pro tip: use canned tomatoes instead of fresh, juices and all. You won’t need to add much extra water, and the tomato juice will cook down into a heavenly garlicky sauce. I used the pasta to sop it up, no lie.

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    […] the side is a slightly different version of the Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic from Donna Klein’s Vegan Italiano. Instead of canned tomatoes and fresh green beans, I used […]

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