Monday, March 23, 2009

A Quick Dinner: Pesto Pasta with Green Beans & Red Potatoes

The vegetables and pasta cook simultaneously to bring this healthy and beautiful pasta to the table in a hurry.

1 (13.25 OZ) box whole grain rotini pasta
10 ounces Green beans (fresh or frozen)
1 ½ lbs small red potatoes
1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
6 ounce jar of pesto
Salt for pasta and potato water

In a large bowl add the pesto and Parmigiano Reggiano and set aside.

Scrub potatoes and cut into large bite size chunks. Place in a pot and cover an inch higher than the potatoes with water and add some salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Scoop out potatoes with a slotted spoon into the large bowl. Add green beans and bring back to a boil cooking for 3 to 6 minutes until tender. Scoop them into the large bowl.

Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions in well salted water. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water at the end of cooking time. Drain pasta and add to the large bowl with green beans and potatoes. Add the reserved pasta water. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Recipe by Laura Flowers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This looks great! I've never thought to combine pasta and potatoes. Yum!

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