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Basil Pesto with Battolli (Chestnut Pasta)

The perfect Genovese dish, battolli and pesto. Both originate from Genoa and pair beautifully. The chestnut flour gives this pasta a slight sweetness.

I do highly recommend using a pestle and mortar instead of a food processor. Besides it being traditional, I do find that a food processor heats up the basil, causing it to cook a bit in the process and lose flavor. You will yield a major difference in flavor and it is well worth the effort! Even doing it by hand, you can have the pesto ready even before the water boils!

I do weigh the basil and cheese for this recipe. Reason being, 1 cup of packed basil vs loosely packed is very different.

Check out our Battolli recipe here!

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Prep Time: 10 10 mins Cook Time: 12 12 mins Total Time: 22 mins
Servings 2
Best Season Summer

Quick and delicious basil pesto with chestnut pasta battolli .

  • 40 grams Basil
  • 30 grams Parmigiano reggiano (Or pecorino)
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pine nuts (optional)
  • Pasta
  • 1/2 pound Battolli
  • 2 Small yukon gold potatoes (Optional)
  • 10-15 Snapped green beans (Optional)
  1. Pesto

    Add the garlic and salt to your pestle and mortar and mix to a paste. Continue by adding a handful of basil at a time until it is well broken up. Add the parmigiano cheese in 3rd. At this point it should resemble a thick paste. Drizzle in the olive oil while still mashing. It should loosen up. Test for seasoning and adjust. 

    The basil may seem like too much, but it will break down after smashing. See gallery for detailed pics.
  2. Prep

    Wash and slice the potatoes into small cuts around 1". Cut the green beans in 3rd. 

  3. Cooking

    Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and green beans and cook for 10 minutes or until soft. Timing will depend on the thickness and type of your potatoes. Remove from the water and set aside. Add the pasta and boil for 2-3 minutes. The battolli will float when done. 

  4. Serving

    Add the battolli and vegetables into a large bowl then coat with the pesto. Serve with more cheese grated over and some crust bread!