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SUMMERTIME PASTA WITH SOYBEANS AND PESTO
from "Passionate Vegetarian" by Crescent Dragonwagon

This is as simple as can be—just a quick summertime ziti that takes advantage of high-summer tomatoes and basil pesto but adds a little soybean protein to make a satisfying, quick dinner.

Serves 4
 Passionate Vegetarian
INGREDIENTS (CLICK TO BUY)

1 pound ziti
1 can (15 ounces) soybeans*
3 red-ripe summer tomatoes, stems removed, chopped
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons good pesto, homemade or commercial
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
A little olive oil, pressed garlic, additional pesto (optional)

* FreshDirect Note: We substitute frozen, shelled soybeans (edamame) for the canned version in this recipe.

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PREPARATION

1.Cook the ziti in boiling water according to the package directions.
2.As the ziti cooks, run the can of soybeans under hot water to liquefy the jelled bean-cooking liquid. Drain the soybeans well, reserving the broth for use in stock, if desired. Place the well-drained soybeans in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and pesto, tossing well to combine.
3.When the ziti is ready, drain well and immediately toss with the soybean mixture. Add salt and loads of pepper. If you like, add a bit of oil and some fresh-pressed garlic (these may or may not be necessary; it depends on your taste and the composition of your pesto). Or you might want a little more pesto. Toss again, and serve immediately.



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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Barilla Ziti - $1.59/ea
 16oz
 
  Cascadian Farm Organic Edamame Shelled Soy Beans - $2.99/ea
 10oz
 
  Beefsteak Tomatoes, Large - $3.49/lb
 
 
  FreshDirect Green Basil and Pignoli Pesto - $6.99/ea
 8oz
 
Optional Ingredients
  Peeled Garlic - $4.99/ea
 approx. 8oz
 
  Just FreshDirect Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Mediterranean Blend - $10.99/ea
 33.8fl oz
 
You May Already Have
  Morton Regular Salt - $1.19/ea
 26oz
 
  Just FreshDirect Ground Tellicherry Pepper - $5.99/ea
 2.2oz
 
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