Pasta, pesto, potatoes, and green beans, oh my!

  • 1 pound dried pasta (linguine or spaghetti)
  • 5 ounces medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces fresh green beans (about 20), stems trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths on a bias
  • 1 8-ounce jar pesto sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • salt

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, boil pasta, potatoes, and green beans until pasta is al dente and potatoes and green beans are very tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water, and transfer pasta, potatoes, and green beans to a large bowl.
  2. Add pesto sauce to pasta along with ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Toss well to emulsify pesto and pasta water into a creamy sauce. Add more pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time as needed, if pasta is too dry. Drizzle in fresh olive oil if desired.
  3. Serve with Parmigiano-Reggiano on the side.
  4. Enjoy!