Friday, March 18, 2011

Lemon, Basil & White Bean Pasta

10 oz dried linguine or fettuccine
19 oz. can white beans (cannellini) rinsed and drained
1/2 of a lemon
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1. Cook pasta, add beans to last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.
2. Zest peel from lemon. In small skillet warm 1 Tbsp olive oil, add lemon peel, cook 1 minute.
3. In food processor combine cooked lemon peel, basil and remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil and the juice from half a lemon.  Process till smooth.  Add reserved cooking liquid 1 Tbsp at a time , until desired consistency.
4. Toss warm pasta with lemon basil mixture.

For the breakfast burrito recipe please click here

(I modified based on what I had because the second I saw this I had to have one...I added crumbled goat cheese to the scrambled eggs just before they were finished cooking and I used arugula b/c I didn't have any spinach. Delicious!)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!! 

 Here is a picture of how I spent my afternoon yesterday.  Any guesses??? 

(picture taken with my non-iphone phone)

Setting traps for leprechauns, what else?!
Andrew came home from school with a master plan.
After homework was finished we grabbed our bikes,
a journal to record details of the trap locations and materials,
bottles of water for hydration, a copper penny (in lieu of gold)
& handfuls of clovers to use as bait and we set to work.
Complete with rocks suspended from trees, stick walls,
and twisty vines to catch his feet. ELABORATE, I tell you.
It was sunny and I loved every minute of watching his innocent little imagination at work.
We have plans to check the traps after school.
Maybe, just maybe, there is a little boot stuck in one of them as a leprechaun tried to escape!


(Pasta recipe and picture from Better Homes and Gardens)


  1. One way ticket to delicious town! Thank you for kindly accepting our requests and delivering!
    Can't wait to try it.

    I love Andrew's great expedition...he really thought of everything! Love his imagination.

    Stella's school had a leperchaun visit them on the playground yesterday. Not sure if that was super creepy or super fun? She seemed to get a kick out of it. Had Andrew set up his trap at Stella's school, he would have caught the little guy. (wink)

  2. How CUTE! And the pasta sounds amazing. Yum!

  3. Tessa - I'm so glad the burritos were a hit! And yum - goat cheese! I'm coming to your house next time!


  4. These look delicious! And please report on the leprechaun boot discovery!

  5. That bean past looks so good...and only 5 ingredients! I must copy this one down! Thanks!

  6. Tessa, I am dying to know what the red and white buffalo check fabric is you have in your dining room. PS I love your new look! We have very similar taste! did you win any of your goodies you bid on at auction???

  7. Hooray! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Hello,

    So much fun with the traps.. We did something similar. Gotta love boys! This recipe looks delicious! I am going to try this tonight. We are heading to Mary Poppins broadway show tonight for my daughter's 4th birthday
    . It will be perfect to serve before the show.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Spring!

  9. Both of your recipes sound wonderful ~ will be trying them soon!

    Love the traps and the excitment of the great catch.


  10. okay... another stalkerish question... what color paint is on your walls and on the trim in the dining room window under the fabulous red check curtains?? I probably have more! I have beadboard walls as well... right now they are painted SW Blonde. I like it but I'm ready for a change.

  11. That first dish looks like a great Feingold meal! Wink! And I'm drooling over the second dish {saw that on someone else's blog and wanted to dive right in and eat it!}.


  12. Mmmm that looks so delicious! As a vegetarian I thank you for posting something I can actually eat :) I can't wait to try this recipe, I could eat pasta everyday if society (and my hips) would allow it. You have a beautiful blog. Stop by mine sometime for a chat if you get a chance!