Green Beans with Pesto & Hazelnuts

Green beans can be very boring........

Here, Susan Spungen's newsletter gave a quick recipe for "company" green beans with store bought pesto and nuts.

Ok, I can do that.

  I still have plenty of hazelnuts from Piedmont leftover, and I always have pesto in the fridge, so let's go.

Here, the company was myself, and I ate the whole thing for lunch.

Just blanch some green beans for 2-3 minutes, and transfer to an ice bath to retain crispness and color.

Add 2 tbsp of your favorite pesto and toss.

I toasted up some hazlenuts and rubbed off the skins.

I scattered them over the beans on a platter and shaved some Parmigiano Reggiano on top.

I drizzled some good peppery olive oil over everything.

A sprinkle of sea salt & pepper and lemon zest just before serving.