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Pesto Penne Pasta with Green Beans and Potatoes

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Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 25

Tossing pasta with savory cooked potatoes and herbs is a specialty of northern Italy. It’s a satisfying pairing that gets even better with fresh green beans, zucchini, and sweet bell pepper. Boost the protein in this recipe by stirring in a handful of cooked cannellini or garbanzo beans.

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  • 1 package Simply Potatoes® Red Potato Wedges
  • 12 ounces uncooked penne or fusilli pasta
  • 1 pound fresh green beans; cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper; cut into thin slices
  • 2 cloves garlic; finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place potatoes in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain well.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, but after first 5 minutes add green beans. Continue cooking until pasta and beans are just tender (about 13 minutes total). Drain well, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir red pepper and garlic 1 to 2 minutes. Add potatoes, pesto, salt and pepper to skillet; cook and stir 1 minute.

  4. In large serving bowl, toss hot cooked pasta and beans with pesto-potato mixture and reserved cooking liquid. Serve immediately garnished with cheese and freshly ground pepper.

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