Spaghetti Genovese


Traditionally, this Italian pasta recipe combines pasta and pesto with potatoes and green beans. In our recipe for Spaghetti Genovese we give pesto a nutritional boost by adding spinach and toss it all together with fiber-rich whole-wheat pasta for a warm, comforting weeknight meal. Serve with escarole and radicchio salad.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
5 servings, about 1 2/3 cups each


  • 2 cups packed baby spinach

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 1 cup thinly sliced new or baby potatoes (about 4 ounces)

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ cup prepared pesto

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 45 seconds. Use a slotted spoon or fine sieve to transfer the spinach to a blender. Return the water to a boil and add spaghetti and potatoes. Cook, stirring once or twice, until almost tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add green beans and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.

  2. When the spaghetti and vegetables are almost done, carefully scoop out 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the pot. Pour 1/2 cup of the liquid into the blender and add pesto, pepper and salt. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.

  3. Drain the spaghetti and vegetables and return to the pot; stir in the pesto mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently, until the sauce is thickened and the pasta is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add more of the cooking liquid, as desired, for a thinner sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
12g Fat
47g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size about 1 2/3 cups
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 27%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 1839IU 37%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 73mcg 18%
Sodium 438mg 19%
Calcium 251mg 19%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 108mg 26%
Potassium 455mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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