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one pot mondays: tomato, beans & pesto pasta

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Pasta is a kind of obvious choice for a one-pot meal, but why make things overly complicated? The whole idea here is to make an easy dinner with the minimum amount of fuss. I wanted to do something simple with the amazing Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes and pretty green beans I got at the farmers' market on Saturday, and also happened to have a bunch of pesto in the house (you can use your own, or store-bought). Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions (reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water). About 4 minutes before the pasta is done, cut the green beans into bite-sized pieces and toss them into the pot. Meanwhile, stem your tomatoes. If using regular tomatoes, chop them coarsely. Drain the pasta and put the pot back on the stove over medium high. Add the tomatoes and cook until the skins split. Add the pasta and green beans and loosen things up with some of the pasta water. Add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup pesto (for every 3/4 pound of pasta) and stir everything well, adding enough additional pasta water to make a sauce that coats the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, and pass Parmesan at the table.

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Sweet 100 tomatoes. Literally like candy!

1 Sweet 100 tomatoes. Literally like candy!

If I don't do something with this basil soon . . .

2 If I don't do something with this basil soon . . .

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Adding the pesto

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Ready to serve

6 Ready to serve

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