Pic of Tagliatelle with French beans and pesto

Tagliatelle with French beans and pesto

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Vegetarian mains

Tagliatelle with French beans and pesto

Main Serves 6 20 min
This quick and surprising combination (pasta Genovese) works wonderfully – the potatoes soak up the pesto, the pasta gives substance and the beans verdancy. Try to make pesto rather using it out of a jar – it really brings this dish together. You could add courgettes and broccoli to the pasta too for a more substantial dinner.

Cook's notes

We've used Parmesan in this recipe but if you are vegetarian you can use an alternative. Good vegetarian Parmesan can be difficult to get hold of; vegetarian Pecorino is often tastier.


  • large bunch fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan
  • 100-150ml olive oil
  • 80g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 500g tagliatelle
  • 300g waxy potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 200g French beans, topped and tailed
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Put the basil, garlic, pine nuts and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar and grind to a paste (or process them in a food processor).
  • Step 2

    Transfer to a bowl and stir in enough olive oil to give the consistency you like. Add the Parmesan cheese and adjust the seasoning.
  • Step 3

    Cook the tagliatelle in boiling salted water with the potatoes, adding the French beans for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Step 4

    Drain, return to the pan, season, and toss with pesto. You could add grated Parmesan and a little cream, if you like.

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