Trofie Pasta with Basil and Pine Nuts - (Trofie al Pesto)

June 17, 2015
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This is a traditional dish of Liguria.It is vegetarian, healthy, simple and delicious. It only takes 20 minutes to make and is loved by young and old alike. —woo wei-duan

What You'll Need
  • 350 grams trofie or trenette or linguine (can substitute fusilli if needed)
  • 1 medium potato rinsed, peeled, and cut into batons 2 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm
  • 75 grams green beans, rinsed, ends cut, and cut in half
  • 250 grams pesto
  • 20 grams pecorino cheese, finely grated for serving
  • sea salt
  1. Fill a large pot with 7 litres of water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add 70 grams of sea salt. Do not add oil to the water.
  2. When the water is boiling again, add the trofie and potatoes to the water, stirring occasionally.
  3. Five minutes before the end of the cooking time indicated on the package of the pasta, add the green beans.
  4. When the pasta is done, drain the water (reserving ½ cup of pasta water). Do not rinse the pasta. Divide the mixture evenly between 4 pasta bowls. Spoon the pesto into the bowls, stirring with the wooden spoon until evenly coated. Add 20 to 30 ml of pasta water a spoonful at a time to each bowl to loosen the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle the grated pecorino over and serve.

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2 Reviews

Malia March 10, 2018
Hello. The second ingredient is missing (at least, I'm not sure what to cut into batons). Thank you.
woo W. March 11, 2018
Thanks for catching that! It is a potato. I know it sounds strange to have potato with pasta but it absolutely traditional and thickens the sauce a bit.