Trenette al Pesto (from Disney Pixar’s Luca)

Disney Pixar’s Luca released to Disney+ on June 18th. Our family has since watched it at least three times (but it’s probably more… let’s be real). No spoilers. This flick is so wonderful, the dragons begged for a Luca Disney day ASAP.

When trying to find out what to cook, or rather what the specific pasta they had in the movie was, I stumbled across this Buzzfeed post that highlighted it! Much to my delight, Disney had already provided a recipe for Trenette al Pesto!

We knew we had to give it a try, but made some changes with what could be found at our local grocery store.


– 40 to 50 leaves of fresh basil

– 2 cloves garlic

– dash of course salt

– 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese

– 2 TBSP Romano cheese

– Handful of Pine Nuts (around 2-4 TBSP)

– 1/2 C Olive Oil

– 1 Golden Potato (or 5-6 miniature ones), diced

– 1/2 C to 1 C green beans, snapped small

– 16 oz/ 1 lb Capellini Pasta


– Start with your Pesto. Put your basil, garlic, and a dash of course salt into a food processor. Add a little bit of olive oil and pulse. (I didn’t have fresh garlic so I used 1tsp of already minced garlic.)

– Add more olive oil, your cheeses, and eventually your pine nuts bit by bit, pulsing your pesto. You want to make sure it all gets mixed together but doesn’t turn to into a paste. Set it aside.

– Fill a pot with water and bring to boil. Add a dash of salt. Put your potato and green beans in there for eight minutes, then add your capellini pasta and boil all together for another 3-4. (Save some of your pasta water!)

– Put your pesto into a large bowl. Add 2TBSP – 1/4 C of your pasta water to your pesto. (I didn’t measure mine completely, but that’s what I’m guessing it was around.)

– Drain your pasta and then add it to the bowl with your pesto. Use what kitchen tools you have to turn the noodles and mix, coating it all well with your pesto.

Serve immediately. Top with extra basil leaves for garnish if desired!

Everyone in my house are almost two bowl fulls of this and we still had leftovers! You might want to save some (if you can) for one of our upcoming activities!

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