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Pasta, pesto and green bean recipe: vegetarian main course

Updated on October 9, 2013
Pasta twists
Pasta twists | Source
French beans
French beans | Source

If you are looking for a quick vegetarian meal, this pasta and bean dish is very tasty, and only takes around 20 minutes to prepare. It has a great mixture of textures and flavours, with soft pasta, sweet and crispy shallots, squeaky green beans and the subtle flavour of green pesto. The following recipe serves two people.


  • 8 oz (250 g) pasta twists
  • 2 to 3 shallots
  • 4 oz (125 g) fresh French (or green) beans
  • 1/2 jar of green pesto sauce
  • A little olive oil
  • Parmesan or grated cheese of your choice


  • Top and tail the green beans and slice into pieces about 2 inches long. Cook in boiling water for up to 10 minutes or until just cooked. Soggy beans are not so good in this recipe, it's nice if they still have a little "bite".
  • Cook the pasta in boiling water - pasta twists are fairly quick, usually about 8 to 10 mins until soft
  • Chop the shallots quite finely and fry in the olive oil until crispy and brown
  • Drain the pasta and beans well, and mix in the pesto sauce, then the fried shallots
  • Serve and sprinkle with cheese - fresh Parmesan is best if you can get it, but cheddar or any other tasty hard cheese will do.

This is one of my favourite quick suppers, and I think it goes down rather well with a nice light Italian red wine such as Valpolicella or Chianti. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2 servings

What do you think?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Pasta with shallots, beans and pesto


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      Linda7315 6 years ago

      excellent recipe, thanks

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      That sounds so simple, yet so tasty. My kind of meal.