8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup bean mixture and 2 tablespoons pesto)
Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 pound dried Great Northern beans
10 cup water, divided
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
How to Make It
To prepare pesto, combine first 8 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.
To prepare beans, sort and wash the beans. Combine beans and 4 cups water in a 6-quart pressure cooker. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure, and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; place cooker under cold running water. Remove lid; drain beans.
Combine beans, 6 cups water, onion, sage, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 garlic cloves in cooker. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure; cook 12 minutes. Remove from heat; place cooker under cold running water. Remove lid; let bean mixture stand for 10 minutes. Drain bean mixture in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup liquid. Return bean mixture and reserved 1 cup liquid to cooker. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, bell peppers, and vinegar. Stir well to combine. Top bean mixture with pesto.
i loved this dish. it was flavorful and i had everything on hand...i didn't make the pesto, i used a jar i had in the pantry. i roasted the garlic, onion, and red pepper under the broiler until charred. i think this gave the dish an extra level of depth, along with the balsamic. i will definitely make this again. p.s. i don't have a pressure cooker so i just cooked it as i normally would cook beans.
I am always looking for recipes to use my pressure cooker. It is such a time saver on a busy weeknight. This recipe was da bomb! Even my 15 year old was complimentary! I didn't make the pesto. I actually picked this because I had part of a jar of pesto that I needed to use up. Fantastic! I will definitely make this again.