Green Bean Pesto Recipe
INSPIRED BY NEW YORK
A native of New York, Calvin Keeney earned the title Father of the Stringless Bean during the mid-19th century when he developed a bean that was less tough and fibrous. He tended over 6,000 acres of peas and beans, and also developed 19 different types of snap beans.
Calvin Keeney’s accomplishments in the bean world climaxed when Burpee Seeds commercially released a stringless green pod in 1894.
SAVE FOR LATER
Makes 1 3/4 cups
1/2 cup shelled almonds
2 cups fresh green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the desired consistency forms.
If using a mortar and pestle, crush the almonds until a crumb forms. Add the green beans, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and garlic, and mash until smooth. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Mash until the desired consistency forms.
Store pesto in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use throughout the week in the next two recipes. Pesto can last in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.
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