Weeknight Meal: How to Make A Quick Pasta Alla Genovese


created at: 02/15/2013

This dish originates from Genoa and is dead simple to make. In 20 minutes or less you'll have a quick, healthy family meal ready to serve.  

(Serves 4)

  • 17 2/3 oz farfalle pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 3/3 ounces green string beans
  • 1 medium red potato
  • 5 tbsp of basil pesto
  • 2 2/3 oz Parmesan (grated)
  • salt
  • pepper

Step 1: Place a pot of water on a high heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling add the oil and salt, then the pasta, reduce to a simmer. Cook your pasta to its packet instructions, giving it the occasional stir.

Step 2: Top the beans and slice the potato as thinly as you can. 5 minutes before the pasta is done add the beans and potato to the pot. When cooked, drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the water, return to the hot pan and add the pesto. If the sauce is a bit thick add some of the reserved water. Stir in half the Parmesan.

Step 3: Plate up and serve with a side salad or for a peppery bite arugula and top with the remaining Parmesan.


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Matt Allison on Feb 17, 2013:

Thanks for the info Francesa. Yes, it seems in several adaptations meat is ommited, including Jamie Oliver's and Nigella's recipes, both simliar to this one.

Francesca on Feb 17, 2013:

While this recipe sounds good in a vegetarian sort of way, the real sauce for pasta alla genovese is based on slow cooked roast meat, a lot of onions and a few other things.

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