Bored with pasta? String beans and potatoes can provide you with an alternative use for pesto sauce.

Martha Stewart Living, March 1999


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  • Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon salt, and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a colander. Let stand until cool enough to handle, and slice in half lengthwise. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  • Raise the heat to high, and add the string beans to the boiling water. Cook until bright green and al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain beans in a colander. Transfer beans to the bowl with the potatoes.

  • Place basil, mint, spinach, pine nuts, garlic, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor. Turn on machine, and slowly add the olive oil. Process until a puree forms. Add the Parmesan cheese and the butter; process until pureed.

  • Pour the pesto over the potatoes and string beans, and toss to combine. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish, and sprinkle the scallions over the top. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

You can make the pesto (step three) up to three days in advance: Transfer the pesto to a bowl, and pour a very thin layer of olive oil on top; cover, and refrigerate.