Tagliatelle, Genovese-style

pesto pasta

Serves 6

  • 1 handful pine nuts, about 40g, lightly toasted

  • ½ small clove garlic

  • 1 big bunch fresh basil, about 60g, leaves picked, coarsely chopped, plus extra to serve

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 150 g pecorino cheese, grated

  • 200 g new potatoes

  • 500 g fresh tagliatelle

  • 1 big handful fine green beans, topped and tailed

Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, crush the pine nuts in a pestle and mortar with the garlic. Scoop out, put to one side, then put the basil in the mortar with a pinch of sea salt and bash until it turns into a green paste. Return the bashed nuts and garlic to the mortar with the lemon juice, a few tablespoons of oil and half the pecorino. Stir together and season well with salt and a little pepper.



Peel the potatoes, discarding the peel, then continue stripping the potato with the peeler until you have a pile of thin potato strips.



Add some salt to the boiling water and add the tagliatelle, the trimmed beans and the potato strips. Cook for 2–3 minutes until the beans are cooked but still have a slight bite, the pasta is al dente and the potatoes are cooked through. Drain in a colander, reserving a little of the cooking water.



Toss the cooked pasta and vegetables in a bowl with the pesto. Taste and season again, if necessary. Add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water to moisten the sauce if it's a little thick and claggy. Serve sprinkled with the remaining pecorino and extra basil.

Nutritional Information

Tagliatelle, Genovese-style

Posh pasta and pesto

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Just add greens beans and fine slices of potato and hey presto, you've got pasta Genovese
Serves 6
20m
Super easy
Method

Egg pasta and pesto together is a piece of cooking genius really, and just about the only successful tweak you can make is to add a few green beans and some very thinly sliced potato – like they often do in Genoa. If you haven't had it before, try it – you'll like it, and it's really quick and easy.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, crush the pine nuts in a pestle and mortar with the garlic. Scoop out, put to one side, then put the basil in the mortar with a pinch of sea salt and bash until it turns into a green paste. Return the bashed nuts and garlic to the mortar with the lemon juice, a few tablespoons of oil and half the pecorino. Stir together and season well with salt and a little pepper.

Peel the potatoes, discarding the peel, then continue stripping the potato with the peeler until you have a pile of thin potato strips.

Add some salt to the boiling water and add the tagliatelle, the trimmed beans and the potato strips. Cook for 2–3 minutes until the beans are cooked but still have a slight bite, the pasta is al dente and the potatoes are cooked through. Drain in a colander, reserving a little of the cooking water.

Toss the cooked pasta and vegetables in a bowl with the pesto. Taste and season again, if necessary. Add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water to moisten the sauce if it's a little thick and claggy. Serve sprinkled with the remaining pecorino and extra basil.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 474
    24%
  • Carbs 48.1g
    19%
  • Sugar 2.0g 2%
  • Fat 21.7g 31%
  • Saturates 6.4g 32%
  • Protein 20.9g 46%
Of an adult's reference intake

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