(CBS News) Reprinted courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine.
This reimagined pesto, made with parsley instead of basil, is fast, fresh and delicious. Contributed by Maria Helm Sinksey.
Green Beans with Parsley-Lemon Pesto
Serves 10 to 12
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
4 pounds green beans, trimmed
Lemon wedges, for serving
In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, tossing, until golden, about 5 minutes; transfer to a food processor and let cool completely.
Add the parsley, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice to the food processor and pulse until the parsley is very finely chopped. With the machine on, gradually add the olive oil and process until the pesto is nearly smooth. Season with salt and pepper and scrape into a large bowl.
Put a steamer basket in the bottom of a pot. Fill the pot with 1 inch of water, add salt and bring to a boil. Add the green beans, cover and steam until bright green and crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the beans and transfer to the large bowl. Toss with the pesto and season with salt and pepper; serve with lemon wedges.
The pesto can be refrigerated
overnight. Bring to room temperature before tossing with the beans.
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