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pesto penne, red potatoes and green beans

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Heidi Hoerman
Hingham, MA

This simple supper goes together very quickly and is delicious hot or cold. It's also meatless (but does contain cheese and yogurt). This recipe is adapted from "Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Potatoes" at

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For pesto penne, red potatoes and green beans

  • 2 oz
    whole wheat penne pasta or ziti
  • 1 md
    thin-skinned red potato
  • 1 c
    cut green beans, frozen
  • up to 1 Tbsp
    olive oil (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    plain greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp
    prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • salt and pepper

How To Make pesto penne, red potatoes and green beans

  • 1
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Thaw the green beans (or warm in the microwave). Cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • 2
    Determine how long the potatoes and pasta will need to boil before adding the beans. 1/2" cubed potatoes will need 15 minutes. The pasta will need somewhere between 8 and 12 minutes -- exact time needed can usually be found on the package. Subtract the minutes needed for the pasta from 15 and this is how long you will wait between starting the potatoes and adding the pasta. Subtract 5 minutes from the time needed for the pasta and this is how long you will wait between adding the pasta and adding the green beans. For example, if the recommended cooking time for the pasta is 10 minutes, start the potatoes - boil 5 minutes - add the pasta - boil 5 minutes - add the beans - boil 5 minutes, for a total of 15 minutes boiling.
  • 3
    Drain the potatoes, pasta and beans. Optionally, toss them in a bit of olive oil to add flavor and prevent clumping.
  • 4
    Stir together the yogurt and pesto and fold into the drained mixture. Fold in the parmesan a little at a time to prevent clumping. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • 5
    Serve hot or chill and serve as a potato-pasta salad.

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