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5 from 4 votes

Pasta with Green Beans and Pesto

This recipe provides delightful Italian flavors with warm pasta and perfectly cooked green beans.
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Pasta, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 298kcal


  • 4 ounces green beans ends cut off and sliced to 1-1/2 inches long
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces whole-grain penne or any short pasta
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/8 cups almonds slivered or flaked
  • 8 basil leaves big, fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Over medium to high heat, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. When it boils, add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt then drop the green beans. Cook for 5 minutes then take them away with a slotted spoon and drop them in a bowl with a lot of ice to blanch them. When they cool down, drain them and set the green beans aside.
  • In the same pot of boiling water, cook the pasta. Follow the cooking time to make them al dente. When they are cooked, drain.
  • In the serving bowl, mix the hot pasta, green beans, pesto, almonds and basil.
  • Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and serve immediately.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 511mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9