Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

     Fresh green beans from the garden are crisp, delicious seasoned with oil, lemon, pecorino romano cheese, and herbs. Many cook fresh green beans ‘all day’ with bacon or ham and maybe with potatoes.  The idea was canned and overcooked green beans were  best!  My thoughts of frozen green beans just didn’t have the right taste.

     Seasoned potatoes, steaming pasta and warm fresh bread are considered comfort foods in times of stress.  Foods higher in carbohydrates causes changes in the brain; serotonin, a brain chemical for giving feelings of well-being, is increased. Stress drains the serotonin in the brain giving rise to negative feelings.  Coffee, chocolate, and sweets are first thought for stress, however the sense of well-being is short-lived with a sugar-high, blood sugar level drops leaving frazzled. feelings.*  Green beans are rich in nutrients of folate, manganese and vitamins: C, K, A, B6.  Pasta is a complex carbohydrate as potatoes.  They are digested slowly providing energy over long period of time.³

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Julia Ann
A comfort food dish of pasta and fresh green beans and red potatoes and light sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Vegetables and Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 6 quarts of water


  • Bring water to boil in large kettle.
  • Add green beans, bring back to boil 6 minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  • Set beans aside.
  • Add potatoes to same water, cook until soft.
  • Remove potatoes with slotted spoon, drain and set aside.
  • Add pasta to vegetable water cook per package instructions.
  • When al dente, save 1 cup pasta water.
  • Drain pasta and rinse briefly with cold water
  • Heat olive oil and butter in 12-inch skillet.
  • Cook onion, garlic and celery until soft and onion translucent.
  • Add green beans, potatoes and pasts to skillet.
  • Sprinkle seasonings, except cheese, and pasta water over and stir to blend,
  • care not to mash potatoes.
  • Simmer to heat through.
  • Pour into serving dish or serve from the skillet.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the vegetables and pasta.


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*Yeager, Selene and the Editors of Prevention®, 2007. The Doctors Book® of Food Remedies.  New York: Rodale, Inc. (Yeager 2007, p. 6






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(July 19, 2013)