Herby pesto, bean & potato pasta

Herby pesto, bean & potato pasta

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6
You’ll make this again and again, it's good for you, low fat and simple to make

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal405
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 500g bag new potatoes, halved
    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…

  • 400g pasta shapes



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

  • 225g green beans, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche

For the pesto

  • large bunch mixed herbs (use whatever you have, such as basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley, or rocket - about 25g in total)
  • 3-4 tbsp 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 garlic clove, crushed
  • zest 1 lemon, plus a squeeze of juice



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra shaved, to serve



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


  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 5 mins. Add the pasta and cook following pack instructions. Add the green beans 3 mins before the end.

  2. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper or small food processor, blitz the pesto ingredients until roughly chopped.

  3. When the pasta is cooked, drain and tip back into the pan. Toss through the pesto and crème fraîche and divide into bowls. Serve with shaved Parmesan on top.

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mamarazzi's picture
4th Jun, 2020
We love it. This is a form of the classic Italian recipe Pasta alla Genovese. Potatoes with Pasta with Pesto, those three Ps work well together, we cooked it quite often.
18th Oct, 2011
Loved it. The potato & pasta make an unusual but great combination. Well worth a try, I'll definitely be making it again
Sarah Jones
7th Jun, 2011
Jim I used about a quarter of a jar for 2 people.
3rd Jun, 2011
I didn't fancy potatoes and past together. Did the pasta and added Canellini beans instead. Quite nice but very, very filling.
2nd Jun, 2011
This looks very interesting - and I will try it with the ready made pasto ( as there's a jar in the cupboard ! ) But do we really mean a jar of pasto......a whole jar ??? I note that SEW23 quoted a jar of pesto - but are we really being specific here ?
Sarah Jones
2nd Jun, 2011
Really tasty as the others said I thought the potatoes wouldn't work but they did. I used a jar of pesto was very tasty, will make again.
1st Jun, 2011
It sounds like this would work with pasta or potatoes but not necessarily both. I would probably switch the potatoes out for butter beans or something.
1st Jun, 2011
Made this for dinner and it was really good but the potatoes didn't really fit with the dish. I did it again and added left over roast chicken instead of the new potatoes and it was delicious!
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