Vegan Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Cannellini Beans

I peeled two medium floury potatoes (like agria) and sauteed them in a pan with a little olive oil, then I added a pinch of salt, a little water, and a lid! Simmer until the potatoes are soft, then add the content of a can of cannellini beans. Simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed and keep warm.

 I made the pesto with a mortar and pestle: basil, garlic, salt and olive oil (no cheese, this is a vegan pesto). I cooked the spaghetti (would have been nice to have trofie pasta, but never mind...) and then drained them al dente and straight into the pan with the potatoes and beans.

Finally I added the pesto and tossed everything together. To some it may be strange to see pasta and potatoes in the same dish, but this dish is not uncommon in Italy, and for me it is a great way to make a one pot dish when I have little time. Incredibly filling!

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Dear Alessandra
    The tomato sauce was a great success! Thank you so much !!! My wife sends a special thanks to you. She is too busy as a doctor , so I make great dishes to please her ha ha !!!
    I like this recipe I will try your pesto recipe...I thought pine nuts and Parmesan had to be used for a pesto.. I can get good Indian pine nuts here , but Parmigiano or Grana Padano , very difficult to get.
    Have a nice week

  2. Pasta and potato! This is new but I am going to give it a try!

  3. @Ushnish

    Glad that your wife liked the pasta sauce, say hallo from me :-).

    Yes, usually pesto has pinenuts and parmesan or pecorino cheese, but this is a vegan version with beans and potatoes... and I didn't have any pinenuts!!!


  4. Simply filling and irresistible pasta..yumm!

  5. pasta looks wonderful

  6. super yummy pasta! Love the stuffing too :)


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