Cavatelli with Basil Pesto and Green Beans
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 lb dried cavatelli pasta
1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese, plus more for serving
½ cup basil pesto, see recipe below
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Let cook to al dente, about 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Add the green beans and cook for the remainder of the time. Reserve ½ cup of pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta. Place in a serving bowl. Gently mix in the [esto, pasta water, and cheese. Serve in individual serving bowls.
4 packed cups of washed basil leaves
½ cup shelled pistachio nuts, pignoli, or walnuts
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place the pistachios, garlic, salt, and pepper in a processor bowl. Process until the nuts and garlic are chopped.
Add the basil leaves and process for a minute or two. In the opening spout at the top, pour the olive oil as you process.
Keep processing until the mixture is smooth. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
2 large vine ripe tomatoes
4 oz fresh mozzarella
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into 1/4″ slices.
Assemble the salad by layering slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves on a serving plate.
Season with salt, pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
Scatter a few olives around the serving plate and serve.
Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen
June 2, 2022 at 7:49 am
Sounds so good! If you have any leftovers, send them my way!
June 2, 2022 at 9:48 am
Wonderful looking menu with great flavors.
For the Love of Cooking
June 2, 2022 at 10:49 am
I love everything about this entire meal.
June 9, 2022 at 7:34 am
Our basil has reached harvestable quantities and size — this will be made any day now!
June 11, 2022 at 3:14 am
I used to enjoy pesto but I’ve never tried the cavateli molistani before so that looks like something nice to try.
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