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White Bean & Pesto Salad

The basil is growing beautifully in the garden this year. I wonder if all the salt water from Sandy had something to do with it!? Well, this is a pleasant treat and finding ways to use it is not a chore but rather fun and delicious.

1 cup fresh basil 
1 vine ripe tomato 
1 large clove garlic 
½ cup grated parmesan cheese 
½ teaspoon salt 
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 
1 teaspoon vinegar 
½ teaspoon sugar 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 cup white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed 
1 lb. of your favorite macaroni 

In a blender, pulse basil, garlic, tomato, cheese, salt, red pepper, vinegar, sugar, and olive oil until smooth and creamy. 

Prepare macaroni as directed. Place macaroni in a serving bowl. 

Add pesto and beans to the macaroni and toss. Take a little extra fresh basil, give it a fine chop and toss it in with the macaroni. 

Enjoy with Love, 


  1. I love all things pasta. This sounds and looks fantastic.

    Have a fabulous day Catherine and Tammy. Hugs. ☺

  2. Catherine, this looks and sounds so fresh and delicious! I love basil and thank you for a new idea on incorporating it into a wonderful dish. Thank you so much for sharing with us and hope you are have a lovely week.

  3. Pasta is my fave Catherine...I love love your recipes!

  4. It's never a chore finding ways to use basil! I love pesto.

  5. I suppose it's possible the salt water helped the basil along Catherine. I'm thinking this unusual weather probably had something to do with it too.

    White Bean and Pesto Salad sounds mighty refreshing about now. I've been craving Cannellini beans for about a week now. I wonder why?

    Thanks you so much for sharing, I'm going to check with Marion to see if she would like this salad...

  6. Catherine, This looks pretty good to me! Nice pesto mix with a great combination of flavors... Thanks for the recipe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. looks tasty and delicious , have a lovely day...

  8. That looks so delicious and so healthy too. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Hi Catherine, This is so delicious in it's simplicity. I'm reminded of my Nonna making similar dishes, the freshness of the ingredients make the dish outstanding.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  11. Love this salad - looks wonderful! We are featuring it this week at Wonderful Food Wednesday - hope you'll stop by and link up some more fabulous food :)

  12. You make eating white beans yummy in my tummy! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday


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