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Genovese Grains with Green Beans & Parmesan

Genovese Grains with Green Beans & Parmesan

This fresh yet filling side dish is the perfect accompaniment to any pasta dish, and will keep perfectly  well in the fridge for a few days after prepping.


  • Serves 4

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

Herby Italian Style Grains


  • 2 x pouches Merchant Gourmet Pesto-ey Italian Style Grains
  • 120g green beans
  • 200g new potatoes
  • 5 heaped tbsp plant-based pesto
  • A bunch of basil leaves, torn
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flaked sea salt
  • 4 handfuls of pine nuts
  • Plant-based Parmesan to finish


  1. Top and tail the green beans then blanch them in salted boiling water for about 2 minutes, until bright green and tender but still crisp. Drain and run cold water over them. Set aside.
  2. Bring a separate pan of salted water to the boil then add the potatoes, turn down the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, until you can poke a knife through them. Drain and allow to cool before slicing in halves or quarters, depending on their size.
  3. In a dry pan on a medium heat, toast the pine nuts until golden and fragrant, keeping an eye on them and stirring regularly so they don’t burn. This should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Put the beans and potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the Italian grains, the pesto, the torn basil leaves and a drizzle of oil. Toss together well so that everything is evenly coated. Season to taste.
  5. Pile the mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with the pine nuts, some torn basil leaves and a generous shaving of Parmesan.

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