Recipes and Cooking Lemon-Basil Pasta 3.8 (67) 1 Review Protein-packed cannellini beans, lemon zest, and heady fresh basil fill this made-in-minutes pasta dish with fresh summer flavors. To store extra basil, snip a quarter-inch from its stems, stand it in a glass filled with about an inch of water, cover loosely with a plastic bag, and refrigerate. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on March 1, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kate Mathis Total Time: 25 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 10 ounce dried linguine or desired pasta 1 19 ounce can white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained ½ of a lemon 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves Directions Cook pasta according to package directions, adding beans for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Remove 1/2 cup of the cooking liquids; set aside. Drain pasta and beans; cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, finely shred peel from the lemon half (about 2 teaspoons). In a small skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add lemon peel; cook and stir 1 minute, or until lightly golden. In a food processor combine cooked lemon peel, basil, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the juice from the lemon half, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and process until smooth. Add reserved cooking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency, processing mixture after every addition. To serve, toss hot cooked pasta mixture with lemon-basil mixture. Makes 4 servings. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 452 Calories 10g Fat 75g Carbs 18g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 452 % Daily Value * Total Fat 10g 13% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Sodium 648mg 28% Total Carbohydrate 75g 27% Total Sugars 4g Protein 18g Vitamin C 12.4mg 62% Calcium 101mg 8% Iron 4.7mg 26% Potassium 211mg 4% Folate, total 177.4mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.