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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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Julie G2 weeks ago
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I’m super impressed with this recipe. Very easy to make. I might add asparagus and mushrooms next time.

Dan1 month 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.

Kristen2 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 Sweet3 months ago
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This recipe was not only delicious, but simple to make. Will definitely make it again.

Sally Benjmain3 months ago
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What is a work around for cashews in the pesto due to nut allergies?

Lynn4 months ago
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Sooo yummy! And we topped with fresh green zebra tomato from the garden.

Terre4 months ago
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So delicious!!!!

Donna Kim Hopkins4 months ago
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This looks and sounds divine….

Chip Atkison4 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 altamuro4 months ago
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Yes, or chick pea pasta.

Liz5 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 Frank4 months ago
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Can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds great!

Nessie5 months ago
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How much cashew butter should I use instead of raw cashews?

sangeeta wahi6 months ago
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Asparagus!!

Heather6 months ago
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Yum! I also added in mushrooms.

Laura6 months ago
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Barb-
I think spiraled zucchini might be a good swap for green beans

Barb6 months ago
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Looks fantastic But my husband won’t eat green beans. Substitute suggestion?

VeggieTater4 months ago
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Any veggie he likes!

sangeeta wahi6 months ago
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Asparagus!!

Monica6 months ago
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Why are you rating 3 stars if you haven’t even tried this recipe?

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