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Fettuccine With Cranberry Beans And Pesto

Cuisine: Italian
Type: Pasta, Vegetables
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 160g / 5.6ozCranberry beans - dry measure
1 1/2 cups 60g / 2.1ozFresh basil leaves - firmly packed
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozRomano cheese - grated
10 tablespoons 150mlExtra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon 15mlYellow onion - chopped (large)
4   Garlic - minced
2 cups 474mlVegetable broth
1 lb 454g / 16ozFettuccine - semolina
1/2 cup 118mlPine nuts - toasted
  Salt and pepper

Recipe Instructions

Cook 1 cup of dried cranberry beans to be recipe-ready. Follow package directions.

In a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the basil, cheese and 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Process until smooth. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and the (rinsed) beans, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the stock is reduced by one-fourth (5 to 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine until al dente (refer to package for times). Drain and place in a warmed serving bowl.

Add the bean mixture, basil mixture, pine nuts. Taste and season with salt and pepper (freshly grind). Toss and serve.

Optional garnish: whole basil leaves. Alternative Ingredients-- Beans: Try kidney, cannellini, chick-peas, small white beans, black-eyes peas. (Borlotti is Italian for Cranberry beans) Pasta: Two-color - egg and a spinach-egg. Try linguine. Pesto: Equal parts of basil and flat-leaf parsley or add a little cilantro. Cheese: Romano, pecorino, parmesan -- freshly grated Broth: chicken or vegetable or water or some combination.

Cooks Note: You can drastically cut back the olive oil by using spray and Sweat-frying whenever possible. Do add a little light oil for flavor and texture to the final bean sauce.

Subtitle: Fettuccine with Crowder Peas and Pesto

Source:
Williams-Sonoma 1994. Beans and Rice / Joanne Weir

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