Pasta Vaianera, Spaghetti with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Potatoes

The common varieties of zucchini that are so popular worldwide today were developed in Italy after Christopher Columbus brought squash seeds back from his travels. Photo: Nonna’s Way

Growing up in my Italian household, there was pasta on the table at least 6 days a week! You would think that one would get sick and tired of pasta, but there are so many different ways Italians prepare pasta dishes that we rarely had the same thing twice in a week. This pasta vaianera, or spaghetti with Italian flat green beans, zucchini, and potatoes, was a household favourite back then and still is today. With small kids of my own now, I can appreciate the convenience of this one pot...

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