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Valeria Dolbel

I'm a nutritional therapist and beauty nutrition practitioner specialising in plant-based nutrition and holistic gut, hormone and skin health. In other words, I help people to transition and maintain a balanced plant-based diet to achieve radiant health!

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This pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans always reminds me that nothing brings people together like good food. I discovered this dish at the plant-based cafe called “Green Hut” in Phuket, Thailand, operated by a lovely Italian couple.

For some reason, I never imagined eating pasta with potatoes. From my Italian friends, I learned that pesto pasta is traditionally served with green beans and potatoes in some regions of Italy. I was sold on that idea, as I love pasta and potatoes. Add crunchy green beans and freshly made basil pesto to a mix, and you get the most delicious combination.

The recipe is straightforward: you need to boil potatoes and green beans, which you will add to your cooked pasta. You can boil pasta and veggies in the same pot, but since I use rice pasta, which doesn’t take long, I boil my veggies first and then cook pasta using the same cooking water.

To make pesto, you’ll need a good bunch of fresh basil and pine nuts. In Southeast Asia, pine nuts can be harder to find and pricy so they can be replaced with sunflower seeds.

I prefer my pesto without dairy, so I use nutritional yeast instead of cheese. Adding garlic and lime juice adds all the right flavours, too. If you have never tried vegan pesto before and are worried it won’t taste as good as the one with cheese, you are concerned about nothing. When you mix all the ingredients, it will taste just as good or even better. Just trust the process!

Using a good quality olive oil can be a game changer, though!

This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious. Potatoes and green beans are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, and the basil in pesto is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The dish is also vegan-friendly, making it perfect for anyone who follows a plant-based diet.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s versatile. You can add other vegetables or protein sources to make it even more substantial. I like to add some grilled tofu to mine. You can also adjust the amount of pesto you use depending on your taste preferences.

Finally, this dish is perfect for sharing. You can make a big batch and invite your friends for a cosy dinner. Serve it with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine, and you have a perfect Italian-style feast. So, next time you’re in the mood for some comfort food, give this pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Italian Pesto Pasta With Green Beans And Potatoes

If you are a fan of pasta and potatoes, you’ll love this dish! It’s delicious, filling and easy to make.
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 271 kcal


  • 1 food processor


  • 250 g green beans trimmed and chopped
  • 300 g pasta for gluten free use rice pasta
  • 300 g potatoes scrubbed clean and quarted


  • 30 g pine nuts lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the green beans and potatoes then remove them to a bowl with a slotted spoon. In the same pot, cook the pasta until al dente (according to package instructions). Reserve 125 ml of the cooking water, drain and return the pasta to the pot.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pesto. Using a small food processor pulse together the pesto ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the pesto, green beans and potatoes to the pot with the pasta. Add a little of the reserved cooking water and toss to combine. Serve in bowls and garnish with nutritional yeast.


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 613mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1070IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg


”I feel amazing, I have had so much more energy over the past 3 weeks, my skin and complexion have improved, no more bloating and the best is I have more clarity about my life. I’ve gained so much from doing this and I want to continue these good habits. Thank you Valeria Dolbel for helping me with this upgrade and reset. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

-Michelle R.

“Valeria is very passionate and knowledgeable on following a plant-based diet to improve overall health. "

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