Garlic-Basil Italian Beans

Storebought pesto is a great ingredient to keep around for an easy boost to the flavor of pasta sauces, soups, stews, mashed potatoes, salad dressings, or a vegetable side dish such as these Italian beans. Although storebought versions of this delicious basil, cheese, and garlic sauce are no lightweights in the fat department, just 1 tablespoon will make a significant flavor contribution to a dish.

1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen Italian green beans, thawed
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried lemon peel or 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon storebought pesto

1 In a large skillet, bring the water and minced garlic to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the garlic is tender and the water has evaporated, about 3 minutes.
2 Add the green beans, tomatoes, salt, and lemon peel, and cook until the beans are tender and the sauce has reduced slightly, about 7 minutes. Stir in the pesto and serve hot. Makes 4 servings

Makes Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 88 calories, 2.3g total fat (0.5g saturated), 1mg cholesterol, 5g dietary fiber, 16g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 474mg sodium.