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  • Makes 8 cups

Cashews are a smart swap for pine nuts in dairy-free pesto. Beyond building creaminess, the budget-friendlier nuts also add a subtle cheesy flavor, which nutritional yeast plays up in this pretty pasta dish. Cut down on day-of prep time by making the pesto ahead and refrigerating it in an airtight container for up to three days.

Green Bean Pasta Dish - A Platter of green beans and pasta in a creamy pesto sauce

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 oz. dried whole wheat spaghetti
  • 8 oz. fresh thin green beans, trimmed and halved lengthwise, if desired
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. For pesto, place cashews in a bowl. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes; drain. In a blender or food processor combine cashews and the next six ingredients (through lemon juice).
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding green beans the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan. Add pesto and cannellini beans; toss to coat. Add reserved pasta cooking water a little at a time to achieve desired texture, tossing to combine. Season with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with pistachios and, if desired, crushed red pepper.

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Heather1 week ago
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Yum! I also added in mushrooms.

Laura2 weeks ago
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Barb-
I think spiraled zucchini might be a good swap for green beans

Barb2 weeks ago
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Looks fantastic But my husband won’t eat green beans. Substitute suggestion?

sangeeta wahi3 days ago
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Asparagus!!

Eric3 weeks ago
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Can’t wait to try

sangeeta wahi3 days ago
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Asparagus!!

Monica2 weeks ago
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Why are you rating 3 stars if you haven’t even tried this recipe?

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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