Fava Beans with Pesto and Cavatappi

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

Pasta is a dry ingredient that becomes water-rich when cooked. This vegetarian main dish shows off summer-fresh fava beans. If you can't find them, substitute fresh lima beans or even thawed frozen edamame.

Water tally: 3.9 ounces.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups pasta and 1 tablespoon cheese)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 335
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 17.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 51.9g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
  • Iron: 4.1mg
  • Sodium: 411mg
  • Calcium: 116mg

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds unshelled fava beans (about 3 cups shelled)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (about 1 ounce)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 pound uncooked cavatappi pasta
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. 1. Remove beans from pods; discard pods. Cook beans in boiling water 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Remove outer skins from beans; discard skins.
  2. 2. Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; process until smooth. With processor on, slowly pour oil through food chute, and process until well blended.
  3. 3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine pasta and basil mixture in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Add beans and tomatoes, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Note:

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