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These beans will get you excited to eat your veggies.

There’s no recipe that British cookbook author and TV host Nigella Lawson can’t handle, which is why we were particularly excited to receive her new book. These pistachio pesto-coated green beans just made us very excited to eat our vegetables. 

I can feel slightly self-conscious fiddling about with traditional pesto recipes when in its authentic original it is surely unbeatable. But having had such uplifting results with — admittedly still traditional — Sicilian variants, I decided that the uninhibited approach had something going for it, hence the substitution of pistachios for pine nuts in the pesto here. And, frankly, this was born to go with the green beans: it’s a riot of verdigloriousness!

Reprinted with permission from Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes