Ligurian-Style Pasta

Named after the smallest of the Italian regions, this five-ingredient, vegetarian recipe is loaded with small white potatoes, spaghetti, and green beans and tossed in a basil pesto sauce.

Ligurian-Style Pasta
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Cook 29 mins


  • 3/4 pound fingerling potatoes (or small white potatoes)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Make It

1. Place potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender. With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes and keep warm.

2. Into the simmering water, add spaghetti and boil for 4 minutes. Add green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

3. Return spaghetti and green beans to the pot. Cut the cooked potatoes into bite-size pieces and add to pot. Stir in pesto and about 3/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add more cooking liquid if necessary to evenly coat all the pasta.

4. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 500, Fat, total (g): 16, chol. (mg): 15, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 73, fiber (g): 6, pro. (g): 18, sodium (mg): 361, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.