Best ever pesto & potato pasta in a white bowl

Best ever pesto & potato pasta

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 11 mins


Serves 4 - 6

A child-friendly take on pasta alla genovese. Kids can help make the green sauce and toss the whole mix together

Nutrition and extra info

  • pesto only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal540
  • fat34g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 150g green bean
  • 300g new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 300g short dried pasta like fusilli or a long pasta like linguine



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

For the pesto

  • large bunch basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 50g pine nuts
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…


  1. KIDS: the writing in bold is for you. GROWN-UPS: the rest is for you. Pick the basil for the pesto. Get your child to pick the basil leaves off the stalks. Ask them to look at and smell the leaves as you tell them the name of the herb until they remember it – try to do this with all herbs when you can.

  2. Make the pesto. Toast the pine nuts in a pan over a low heat. A child of seven years plus can stir the nuts in the pan. Tip into a mini chopper (or use a pestle and mortar) with the basil, parmesan, garlic and olive oil. Blitz or pound into a green sauce, then set aside.

  3. Chop up the beans. Using a child-friendly knife, get children from the age of five to chop the green beans into shorter lengths, and quarter the potatoes. Younger children can snap the beans into short lengths while you prepare the potatoes.

  4. Cook the vegetables and pasta. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the potatoes and boil for 3 mins. Remove from the heat and ask the child to tip in the pasta and give it a stir. Put the pan back on the heat, boil the pasta for 5 mins, add the beans and cook for a final 3 mins.

  5. Mix everything together. Drain everything well and tip into a bowl. Spoon most of the pesto into the pasta and stir everything together to coat. Bring the large bowl of pasta to the table and serve with extra parmesan, more basil and remaining pesto, if you like.

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22nd May, 2014
No potato pasta in this recipe! Only in the title!!!
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