Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bean & Basil Soup

4 oz./115 g elbow macaroni
1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 (15 oz./425 g) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp. prepared Pesto Sauce (recipe follows)
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Pesto Sauce
3/4 cup packed basil leaves
3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Serves 8

Cook pasta in Tupperware® Microwave Pasta Maker 8 minutes, or until al dente. Heat olive oil in Chef Series 6-Qt./5.6 L Dutch Oven over medium heat. Sauté garlic, celery and red pepper flakes until fragrant. Add beans, pesto, chicken broth, salt and simmer 15 minutes. Ladle into warm bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Pesto Sauce
Place basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oil in base of Chop 'N Prep Chef. Replace cover, twist to seal and pull cord 4-5 times until finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper

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