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What you need:

300g  extra fine green beans
75g  dry cured un-smoked back bacon
4 shallots, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1tsp thyme, chopped
2tsp  basil infused olive oil
2tsp toasted pine nuts

What you do:

Place a small pan of water on the stove and once bubbling pop the beans in for 2-3 minutes, drain into a colander and refresh under cold water.

Place a large frying pan onto a medium heat and add the basil infused oil. Then add the bacon and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and the bacon has crisped up a little.

While this is going on add the sliced garlic and fry for a minute or so until you have a wonderful aroma of bacon, garlic and shallot. By which time add the beans and cook for 2-3 minutes along with the fresh thyme. Once you feel the beans are hot enough, season to taste and serve garnished with toasted pine nuts.

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What you need:

1 garlic clove , finely chopped
small bunch parsley , finely chopped
small bunch chives , snipped
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts , roughly chopped (optional)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan , plus extra for serving
zest and juice 1 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
500g pack gnocchi

What you do:

Place the garlic, herbs, pine nuts, cheese and lemon zest in a small bowl, season well, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside.

Cook the gnocchi in a pan of salted boiling water following pack instructions, then drain well. Tip into a serving bowl and toss through the pesto.

Serve with extra grated Parmesan, if you like.

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