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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lemon Basil Pasta by Alicia

I made this dish for Tyler and I the other night and it turned out great! It was very light and flavorful, perfect for a night in!

Lemon Basil Pasta

What you need:
1 lb. pasta (any kind really!)
1 can white kidney beans
1 cup basil leaves (fresh)
1/2 lemon
3 Tbs olive oil
salt/pepper to taste

What to do:
1. cook pasta... add beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking time
2. Drain 1/2 of water, keep other half for use later
3. Shred (finely) lemon peel from lemon
4. In a skillet, heat oil and cook grated lemon for 2 minutes until golden in color
5. In a food processor, combine lemon peel, basil, 2 Tb olive oil, juice from lemon half, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper... process until smooth. Add reserved cooking liquid, 1 Tb at a time until desired consistency
6. Toss pasta with dressing and serve!


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