Innovator: Chef Thomas Horner: Hook & Plow, Marriott Waterfront Seattle


Executive Chef Thomas Horner of the Seattle Marriott Waterfront’s Hook & Plow restaurant shares a pasta dish withBarilla® Whole Grain that jumps off the menu page with promise of flavor and freshness.

His Almond Romesco & Garlic Green Beans with Barilla Whole Grain Pasta combines local green beans at their peak with a robust but healthy Spanish sauce.

Most guests probably don’t realize it’s a healthier choice…even with the optional poached quail egg.

Almond Romesco & Garlic Green Beans with Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta


  • 1 lb of Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta (spaghetti works best)
  • 1 recipe Romesco Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup good olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of parsley
  • ½ lb of yellow & green beans cut on 1-inch bias
  • 4 whole eggs (quail eggs are preferable)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)


Cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, heat the Romesco Sauce slowly. In a separate pan, bring the olive oil from cold to hot in a pan with the garlic. Add the beans when the garlic starts to brown. Drain pasta and toss with beans and garlic to combine. Mound a 4 oz portion of Romesco Sauce on the bottom of a pasta bowl. Twirl pasta on top of the Romesco Sauce, garnish with chopped basil and fried or poached egg. Top with Reggiano.

Romesco Sauce

  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large red bell pepper, quartered
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1/2 cup fresh toasted whole almonds
Serves 4