Trenette alla Genovese

Trenette with Pesto, Potatoes, and String Beans


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Recipes from Paradise

By Fred Plotkin

Published 1997

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This is the classic pasta dish of Genoa. Trenette are dried flat strands of pasta that you can purchase from one of the better pasta brands of Italy that are available now in most countries. Of course Agnesi, Liguria’s most famous pasta producer, makes trenette, as do producers from other Italian regions, including Barilla and DeCecco. If you cannot locate trenette, linguine (that is, “little tongues”) are an acceptable substitute. While pasta with pesto is famous throughout Liguria and beyond, the addition of potatoes and string beans is classically Genoese, although the practice is thought to have originated in the smaller towns of the Levante.