Ligurian Pasta Trenette

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6

Cost: $1.77 /serving


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Ligurian Pasta Trenette


· 1 lb red new potatoes, peeled· 1 lb green beans, trimmed and halved· 1 lb linguini or tagliatelle pasta· 1/2 cup basil pesto (- please see note below)· Extra virgin olive oil or melted butter· 1/2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese, (or to taste - see note below (use a vegetarian cheese to keep the dish vegetarian))


Step 1Note: If using my recipe for pesto, make it dairy free per the instructions (do not stir in the cheese). Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino separately from the pesto. This note also applies if you are using another type of dairy-free pesto. Tossing the cheese in separately will give the pasta a better texture. More details below.Step 2If you're planning to use a pre-made pesto that contains cheese, use 1 full cup of pesto in this recipe and skip the additional cheese, except for garnish.Step 3Trim and halve your green beans, then peel your new potatoes and cut them into large chunks.Step 4Put the potatoes and the green beans into the pot of boiling salted water. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the potato pieces are tender. If your green beans are small and thin, they may cook faster than the potatoes. If this happens, remove them from the pot and let the potatoes continue cooking.Step 5Remove vegetables from the pot with slotted spoon when tender.Step 6Return water to a boil. Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package directions to desired tenderness.Step 7Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta. Return pasta to empty pot along with the cooked vegetables.Step 8I recommend using my homemade pesto in this recipe, but any pesto can be used with good results. If using my pesto recipe, make the pesto without added cheese.Step 9In a medium mixing bowl, combine basil pesto with a ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add additional water to create a thinner sauce, if desired.Step 10Pour the liquefied sauce over the pasta and vegetables, toss to coat. If you've used my pesto sauce (or another dairy free sauce), add 1/2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino and toss with the pasta and sauce. If your pesto already has cheese, no need to add any additional cheese, except for garnish. Serve immediately.