I am all about the pesto – I love it on pasta, on sandwiches, and as a dipping sauce. My favorite pesto dish, however, is in this white bean pesto quinoa dish. The pesto pairs deliciously with the nutty flavor of the quinoa, and the buttery taste of the white beans.
White Bean Pesto Quinoa Recipe
2 cups cooked quinoa (prepare according to package instructions, rinse well before cooking)
1 cup cannellini beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
2 cups tightly packed basil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
Process the pesto ingredients until they are blended into a sauce.
In a medium saute pan heat the oil over medium heat, add the beans and a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat, stirring occasionally for ten minutes.
Mix the pesto, quinoa, and beans together. Enjoy!