Barilla® Orecchiette with Fava Beans & Basil Pesto, Bacon & Cherry Tomatoes

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Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 Box Barilla® Collezione Orechiette
  • 1 Pound fava beans, peeled
  • 9 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Small bunch basil
  • ½ Cup bacon, rendered
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Cup Romano cheese, grated


  1. 1
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. 2
    Meanwhile, simmer fava beans with 4 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes.
  3. 3
    Process half of the beans with basil in a blender; season with salt and pepper and combine with the rest.
  4. 4
    In a separate pan blister tomatoes with remaining olive oil.
  5. 5
    Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with fava beans mixture.
  6. 6
    Stir in tomatoes, top with rendered bacon and sprinkle cheese before serving.

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