Spaghetti Genoese Style

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


    , as a main course

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  • 1 lb / 455 g small new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 lb / 455 g dried spaghetti
  • 8 oz / 230 g slim green beans, topped and tailed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3–4 tbsp pesto
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, put in the potatoes and boil for 7 minutes. Add the spaghetti and boil for 8 minutes, then add the beans, broken into pieces if you wish, and boil for 4–5 minutes. By this time, each ingredient should be perfectly cooked. Drain and put in a heated serving bowl containing the oil. Turn in the oil, and then add the pesto. Serve immediately, with the Parmesan sprinkled over.