Linguine con Fagiolini

Linguine con Fagiolini

Haricots Verts (French Green Beans) are longer and skinnier than common green beans. I prefer them for their fresh and flavorful taste. Best of all they cook in a flash and do not need to be trimmed.

You can make your own basil pesto – it keeps well for a long time when frozen. Otherwise buy a good quality pesto, like the one from Trader Joe’s.

Yield: 4

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups haricots verts cut into 2 inches (5 cm)
  • 1 lb (450 g) linguine
  • 6 Tbsp homemade or good quality store bought basil pesto
  • 1 cup (28 g) flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated, to serve

Preparation:

Prepare a bowl with iced water and set aside.

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add salt and the haricots verts. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove the beans from the water, using a spider skimmer. Add beans to the bowl with iced water for 1-2 minutes to arrest cooking. Drain haricots in a colander and set aside.

Return water in the saucepan to a boil. Add the linguine and cook it until “al dente”. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and keep it warm. Drain pasta in a colander. Return linguine and haricots verts to the saucepan. Mix in the basil pesto. Add some of the reserved pasta liquid, 1-2 tablespoons at a time to coat the pasta and beans with the pesto evenly. Mix in the chopped parsley gently. Warm it up briefly.

Just before serving drizzle each serving with a tablespoon of olive oil. Serve with extra Pecorino Romano at the table.

Linguine con Fagiolini
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