Spaghetti Genovese

Spaghetti Genovese

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(13 ratings)

Ready in about 25 minutes


Serves 4
This vegetarian pasta dish is the perfect solution when you want something quick and tasty - and everything's cooked in one pan

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal330
  • fat23g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 300g new potato, sliced
    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 spaghetti
  • 200g trimmed green bean, cut in half
  • 120g tub fresh pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • olive oil, for drizzling
    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. Pour a kettle of boiling water into a very large pan until half full. Return to the boil, then add the potatoes and spaghetti, and a little salt. Cook for 10 minutes until the potatoes and pasta are almost tender. Tip in the green beans and cook for 5 minutes more.

  2. Drain well, reserving 4 tbsp of the cooking liquid. Return the potatoes, pasta and beans to the pan, then stir in the fresh pesto and reserved cooking liquid. Season to taste, divide between four serving plates and drizzle with a little olive oil.

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Peter Turner's picture
Peter Turner
23rd Apr, 2019
Unfortunately this recipe is wrong. "Spaghetti alla Genovese" is a typical recipe from Naples, with meat, tomatoes, onions, cheese and more over (like this recipe: while what you have pubblished is "Pesto alla Genovese". Just have look to the several Italian sites o see that are two different recipes of two different part of Italy!
jadedermody's picture
29th May, 2015
Would never have thought of adding potatoes to span but it worked! Added grilled chicken for a bit of meat
22nd May, 2012
I used this as inspiration for a true store cupboard rescue lunch when home sick. Had to use frozen peas instead of the beans, different pasta and ended up throwing in a bit of feta too, but it was pretty good for what it was. Might make the original again as an easy meal for one or even as a side dish with fish or chicken. Also, to Jacqueline above, it's vegans who don't eat cheese, most vegetarians do.
17th Sep, 2011
Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.
21st Mar, 2011
Really nice and filling. I'm a little bit obsessed with green beans, so is perfect for me!
25th Sep, 2010
just tried this dish and it was soooooooooooooo yummy, i wanted more!! will def make again inshallah
9th May, 2010
Could of done with a bit more flavour but still very tasty :)
8th Sep, 2009
it was nice, but nothing special. Possibly my own fault as I only used pesto from a jar. The potatoes didn't bring much to the dish.
16th Jul, 2009
i know your probably checkign out ingredients list and thinking potatoes and pasta, slightly weird? but this is amazing. used a few chopped up rashers of leftover bacon which gave lovely contrasting texture. i cannot believe how gorgeous this tastes considering how few calories it contains! my husband and scrounging brother in law loved it and it's definately one i'll be makign a lot in future.
10th Sep, 2008
Really enjoyed this especially as it used the exact ingredients I had. Adjusted this for just 2 of us, and only used a small amount of pesto as I don't like too much. Also, the beans were frozen so microwaved them and then added them as the same time as pesto. Will cook this again!
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