Monday, September 27, 2010

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans

Do you ever make a recipe that you think is not going to work?  I know.  It seems silly, because there are a bazillion and one recipes that I think sound good, so why would I chose one that I fully expect to not like?  That’s a very good question, one that I really have no answer to, other than…I had all the ingredients.

This was one of those recipes.  I see it everytime I browse through Everyday Food: Great Food Fast from Martha.   While it sounding intriguing, it didn’t sound like it would be very good.  But in an effort to eat real and seasonally, I needed to use the lovely potatoes and green beans that were provided by my CSA. I also needed to use some pesto that was still in the freezer from last June, as I replenish my stash. 

I am pleased to tell you that I was wrong.  This was good.  Really good.  Crazy easy – everything cooks in one pot of boiling water!  Also, I discovered Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta!  I don’t like whole grain pastas, so I didn’t have high hopes for this, and once again I was proven wrong!  This was every bit as good as regular pasta and maybe even a little better!

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

  • 2 waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 ounces cavatappi
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • Pepper

    Peel and cut 2 waxy potatoes into 1-inch cubes; place in a large pot of water; bring to a boil.

    Add 1 tablespoon salt and 8 ounces cavatappi or other short tubular pasta; return to a boil; cook 2 minutes.

    Add 8 ounces trimmed and halved green beans. Return to a boil; cook until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes.

    Drain; toss with 1/2 cup pesto; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    It says – serves 4, but for us it only served 2 for dinner, with 1 lunch the next day.

    This will be my entry for Heart ‘n Soul Blog Hop

     

    And for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights hosted by it’s lovely and talented creator, Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.

    ****  And Happy Birthday to my MOM!!!  *****

  • 26 comments:

    Joanne said...

    haha this is actually a pretty classic Italian dish! I've always thought it's slightly weird to mix pasta and potatoes...but now that I'm back to running again, let the carb loading begin!

    Kim said...

    I've always enjoyed pesto, potatoes, and green beans together, just never really thought of combining pasta with potatoes. Sounds good to me! Let there be carbs!

    Big Dude said...

    I'm with you - would not have thought they work together, but you never know until you try - glad it turned out well.

    Kirsten said...

    This is one of my favorite meals, I have been eating it for years. It is great with homemade pesto and homemade fettuccine.

    girlichef said...

    I don't mind be proven wrong in a case like this! I don't think I remember ever mixing pasta and potatoes, either...but it definitely sounds like delicious, carby heaven ;) And thanks for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop this week, too Pam!

    Lyndsey said...

    I know what you are saying, often I think a dish tastes better than is sounds....followed by a "trust me".

    Marjie said...

    Who'd think potatoes would be a good addition to pasta? I understand why you skipped it often, and good for you for trying it anyway!

    June said...

    Yum!

    Jhonny walker said...

    neat and cute. I recently made made some pesto...from leftover greens. A bit of Parsley and some wild Arugula. With 4 tbsf oil ( not streaming olive oil) and half a handful of nuts. Stand up very well to shortcut pasta and potatoes :)

    Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

    Thanks for the recommendation, Pam! If you like it, I'm quite sure everyone at my house would love it, too. xo~m

    P.S. Happy Birthday to the wonderful lady who gave birth to you! :0)

    Jonna said...

    Just what I needed; - have some nice pesto - made with my last basil - autoum has come to Denmark!
    Will sure try this recipe - looks my ideas of food-the-easy-lazy-way! still, like you I don't like whole grain pasta. Maybe I should give it a try!

    Holly said...

    Very interesting to put pasta and potatoes together might be one to try:) Happy Birthday to your Mom!;)

    Mags said...

    I would have hesitated with this one too. It doesn't seem like pasta and potatoes would go well together. But it certainly does look delicious and I believe you that it was!

    Chris said...

    I was just reading this when Alexis looked over and said, "What's that? It looks good." I concur. But unless you had told us it was good, I would have had the same thought that you did at first. Nice job, Pam.

    urban muser said...

    my husband made me try this in a restaurant several years ago. we now have our own recipe for it and make it all the time. yum!

    Cindy said...

    I remember that recipe from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian. Always meant to try it. Maybe now I will.

    Bonnie said...

    I love pesto and pasta. What a nice original twist with the beans and potatoes. I've bookmarked this one.

    Melynda said...

    YUM, love pesto with both, so this is a great combo.

    Couscous & Consciousness said...

    I made a Marcella Hazan version of this dish some time ago and loved it - turns out it's a real classic, and I've made it many times since. I think I was surprised at how light it was considering it combines potato and pasta - not at all heavy as you might expect.
    Sue

    Mimi said...

    The 1st time I made this pasta I thought the same thing.It's interesting how everything works together to make a great meal.
    Mimi

    Butterpoweredbike said...

    I find that I'm always drawn to recipes whose flavors I just can't imagine. If my tongue can't figure out what it's going to taste like, then I've just got to cook it. With this recipe, I'm intrigued by the combo of pasta and potatoes. Thanks for linking with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    a moderate life said...

    Hi Pammie! Wow, I certainly am interested in the idea of doing a pasta with potatoes in the mix! I haven't ever done that, so thank you for expanding my culinary horizons! Thanks also for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week. Alex@amoderatelife

    Christy said...

    This whole recipe is new to me - but I guess I will just have to trust that it all goes together and WELL!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

    Ruth Daniels said...

    What a perfect meal...and so timely too. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

    Bergamot said...

    mmm... so delicious. never tried potatoes in pasta..this one tempts me try it out

    Claudia said...

    I'm with you on the quinoa pasta, I love it. Also, that combination of ingredients, I've tried and it is really good.