Trofie Pasta With Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans

I needed a touch of summer. My recent trip to Germany was wonderful except for the grey, foggy, and cloudy days. It was cold there too. I was glad it did not rain or snow. I only wish there had been some sunshine. When I arrived back home it was chilly here. The trees had dropped most of their leaves. I missed the greens, warmth, and flavors of summer. I knew I had to make trofie pasta with pesto right away.

Thank goodness for the freezer. Last summer I made several batches of pesto and froze them in ice cube trays. Once they were frozen, I popped out the cubes and put them in a freezer bag. Then all I have to do is pull out as many cubes as I need for a recipe. It is what I did for this one. It took one bite to give me a smile while thinking about summer and my fresh basil.

Basil - Original Artwork by tbgdesignOriginal artwork by tbgdesign for Magnolia Days

What gorgeous artwork! It was done by my incredibly talented friend Terry. She generously gave it to me to use on this blog. I could not wait to share it. I am very honored to have it and a few more. Check out the ones she did of parsley and rosemary.

What flavors make you think of summer? Do you save or freeze foods to use in the winter? Trofie pasta with pesto is one of the ways I use my summer harvest to brighten up a cold, grey day. You can always use store-bought pesto if you do not have homemade. Just be sure to make some next summer and freeze it for later use.

You can get trofie pasta in specialty stores and on Amazon.


Trofie Pasta With Pesto

Trofie Pasta With Pesto

  • 2 medium boiling potatoes (Yukon Gold recommended)
  • 4 to 6 ounces haricot verts (thin green beans)
  • 8 ounces trofie pasta (uncooked)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Pesto, homemade or store-bought
  • Toasted pine nuts for garnish

Peel the potatoes, slice in half, and then into 1/4-inch slices. Add the potatoes to a pot and cover by at least 2 inches of water. Add some salt to the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender (about 10 minutes). Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Set aside.

Wipe out the pot, add more water, and bring it to a boil. Add some salt and stir. Put the haricot verts in the pot, lower the heat to medium, and cook the beans for 3 minutes. Remove beans using tongs and place them in an ice water bath. Once the beans have cooled, drain and chop into bite-sized pieces. Place the chopped beans in the bowl with the potatoes.

Bring the water in the pot back to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta well and add it to the bowl with the potatoes and beans.

Add the pesto to the bowl and stir gently to combine. Add pasta water as needed so the ingredients are coated with the pesto and mixture is not dry. Garnish with toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Recipe inspired by one from Williams-Sonoma.