One Pot Pasta Genovese

Pasta Genovese, is a pesto dressed pasta with new potatoes and green beans. It is classic Ligurian dish where everything is cooked together in the same pan, making it a great one pot pasta, perfect for a mid-week meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 505 kcal


  • 10 oz new potato
  • 12 oz short pasta (340 g)
  • 7 oz green bean
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh basil
  • grated pecorino (or parmesan)


  1. Cut the potatoes into quarters (see notes)
  2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, salt it generously and then add the potatoes.
  3. Set the timer for 8 minutes.
  4. Whilst the potatoes are cooking top and tail the green beans and then cut them into 3 pieces.
  5. When the potatoes have had their 8 minutes, add the pasta to the water.
  6. Cook the pasta for 4 minutes and then add in the green beans.
  7. Cook everything for a further 4 minutes.
  8. Check the pasta is cooked and then reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  9. Return the potatoes, pasta and green beans to the pan, then stir in the pesto and 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  10. Stir gently over a low heat until everything is coated with the sauce.
  11. Serve with a drizzle of EVOO, some fresh basil and some grated pecorino.

Recipe Notes

The potatoes need to be about 1/2 inch long once cut up. For larger potatoes cut into eighth.

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pasta Genovese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 19.3%
Vitamin C 24.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.