Monday, March 29, 2010

Ligurian Style: Trofie w/ Pesto, Potatoes & Green Beans


This is one of my favorite pastas. I crave it.

This is a popular dish in Genoa in the Ligurian region of Italy, where pesto is king.
I use my best Ligurian olive oil to make it authentic, and fresh trofie pasta from Italy from my Italian grocer.

Potatoes, green beans and pasta sound like a strange combination, but I promise you, once you make this, you will crave it too.

You can peel the potatoes, but I leave the skins on because I am lazy.
If you don't have homemade pesto in the freezer from last summer, then it's fine to use a store bought brand.

Pasta w/ Pesto, Potatoes & Green Beans:

1/2 lb. trofie shaped pasta (use gemelli if you can't find trofie)
1/4-1/2 cup of basil pesto (for my recipe, click here)
1/4 cup of pasta water (don't forget to save it before draining the pasta!)
8 small new potatoes, quartered and cubed (peeled or not)
1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and sliced in half on the diagonal

In a saucepan, boil your potato cubes for approx 9 minutes.
To the same pot, add the green beans and cook another 5 minutes with the potatoes.
(check to make sure the potatoes are fork tender).

Drain the beans and potatoes and add to a large bowl.

Boil the pasta as per directions and drain, saving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

Add pasta to the bowl with the vegetables.

Add pesto and thin with the pasta water to achieve a nice consistency.
Serve immediately.

I have been known to add peas to this dish too, but I don't think that is authentic!



Ciao Chow Linda said...

Brava Stacey - A perfect combination and like you said, most people don't realize that the classic pesto is made with green beans and potatoes. I love the classic trofie pasta too and am thinking this would be a great meal for any day, but particularly on a Friday during Lent.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I just made a fresh batch of pesto. I don't have the authentic olive oil and pasta, so don't rat me out. Definitely a dish we'd love. I love pesto!

kat said...

This would go over big at my house with a certain husband

Bit of Butter said...

Oh, I just love this. I will totally be making this in the next few weeks!!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks very good, I haven't seen that pasta before.

Maria said...

Wonderful dish! Pesto is the best!

Dana said...

I actually like the color that the unpeeled potatoes give the dish. Looks absolutely perfect for a winter-y night in Seattle (yes, I know it's spring...)

Kim said...

I love the trofie pasta too, worth every penny.

Michele said...

The first time I had pesto there was potatoes in with it and the pasta. I never had it with the beans though. I think I saw Lidia do it once before. It looks beautiful and I will definitely give it a shot. I never see Trofie pasta though.

Cherine said...

this dish looks soo good!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Suddenly I'm craving pasta, love this combination.

Freight Factoring said...

Great, tasty, and fresh. Thanks a lot for sharing this idea.