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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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(4.93 from 15 votes)
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Erin2 weeks ago
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This sounded like it had the makings to be great. It wasn’t. Why are you removing the fat from the foods? Without meat and cheese, easily added savory and richness are removed. Replacing the olive oil with broth takes all the yummy out of this pesto.

Cheryl K4 months ago
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Wow. So delicious and fancy. I didn’t have spinach on hand so substituted collard greens in the pesto sauce. I will definitely make again. Thank you.

Anke4 months ago
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This was hands-down the most delicious pesto recipe I’ve ever eaten! Even my omnivore husband could not stop raving about it. The pesto itself is divine, I added extra garlic, and loved the crushed red pepper flakes & pistachios as toppings! Definitely adding this to my weekly rotation! Thank you for a fabulous recipe!

Julie G6 months ago
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I’m super impressed with this recipe. Very easy to make. I might add asparagus and mushrooms next time.

Dan7 months ago
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Very good. But given the amount of green beans and pasta, I will add more spices next time – onion, cilantro, etc.

Kristen7 months ago
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This is one of my new favorite recipes!! We have so much basil right now. Can this pesto be frozen? Will it keep in the freezer?

William Sweet9 months ago
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This recipe was not only delicious, but simple to make. Will definitely make it again.

Sally Benjmain9 months ago
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What is a work around for cashews in the pesto due to nut allergies?

Alilia2 months ago
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I would try sunflower seeds

Lynn9 months ago
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Sooo yummy! And we topped with fresh green zebra tomato from the garden.

Sydney Hardham5 months ago
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Any seed-sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, sesame etc.

Terre9 months ago
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So delicious!!!!

Donna Kim Hopkins9 months ago
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This looks and sounds divine….

Chip Atkison9 months ago
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I guess if one is diagnosed with Celiac Disease (Gluten sensitivity), then the whole wheat spag should be substituted with rice spag?

christine altamuro9 months ago
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Yes, or chick pea pasta.

Liz10 months ago
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I love this recipe. I’m thinking about making it tonight with okra instead of green beans! Has anyone tried this substitute?

Georgianne Frank9 months ago
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Can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds great!

Nessie11 months ago
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How much cashew butter should I use instead of raw cashews?

sangeeta wahi11 months ago
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Asparagus!!

Heather11 months ago
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Yum! I also added in mushrooms.

Laura11 months ago
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Barb-
I think spiraled zucchini might be a good swap for green beans

Barb12 months ago
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Looks fantastic But my husband won’t eat green beans. Substitute suggestion?

VeggieTater9 months ago
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Any veggie he likes!

sangeeta wahi11 months ago
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Asparagus!!

Monica12 months ago
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Why are you rating 3 stars if you haven’t even tried this recipe?

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