Feel free to lightly steam the asparagus instead of roasting if it's a hot day and you don't feel like turning on the oven.
Cannellini Bean and Pesto Purée with Roasted Asparagus over Lemon-Scented RiceOther recipes you may enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
1/2 cup dried cannellini (white kidney) beans
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1 cup white basmati or jasmine rice
juice and zest from 1 small lemon
Rinse the beans and soak overnight covered in several inches of cold water with a little yogurt whey or lemon juice added. Drain and add to a medium saucepan. Cover with fresh cold water or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are soft. Drain and mash gently with a potato masher. Set aside.
Meanwhile, gently toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over medium-low heat, tossing frequently, until the pine nuts are golden brown.
Once the beans are finished, cook the rice according to instructions. Stir the lemon juice and zest into the hot rice, cover, and set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 425°. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and arrange the spears on a baking sheet. Brush the spears with a little olive oil and roast for 10 minutes, turning the spears over once after 5 minutes.
Place the toasted pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and black pepper into a food processor. Process until smooth, then stir into the mashed beans.
Serve the warm bean and pesto purée over plates of warm rice and arrange the asparagus on top. Serves 4 to 6.
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