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For variety, substitute one cup of yogurt for the pesto and sprinkle with chopped almonds or with toasted sesame seeds. Substitute Â½ pound cubed zucchini for either the asparagus or the beans. The pesto recipe makes ample portions; refrigerate leftover pesto for another use.
To make pesto, place fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and chopped garlic in blender or food processor. With motor running, slowly add olive oil, adding more if needed, and purée. When smooth, set aside.
Meanwhile, bring saucepan of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-low heat and sauté asparagus and beans, stirring occasionally, until cooked but not limp, about 10 minutes. Add 1 cup pesto, stir thoroughly and cook until heated through.
Toss cooked pasta with vegetables and pesto, and serve.
When matching a wine with this dish, focus on the basil, nuts, cheese and garlic, which call for a Zinfandel, especially if using the zucchini variation. Many California wineries make outstanding red Zinfandels—try Easton Wines Fiddletown Zinfandel.
- Calories 560
- Carbohydrate Content 51 g
- Cholesterol Content 5 mg
- Fat Content 34 g
- Fiber Content 12 g
- Protein Content 16 g
- Saturated Fat Content 6 g
- Sodium Content 130 mg
- Sugar Content 0 g