Trofie, a short twisted pasta is probably the number one choice for pesto, because the sauce gets into the spirals, ensuring that each mouthful is truly flavourful! In fact, this pasta originally comes from the same region as basil pesto Genovese, the most well known of all pesto sauces.
Trofie were apparently invented in a town on the eastern Ligurian Riviera called Recco near Genova. Legend has it that the women of the region used to sit on chairs along the coast twisting the pasta pieces as they waited for their fishermen husbands to return home. Trofie are not, however, eaten only with pesto alone. One of the most traditional dishes includes potatoes, green beans and pesto. The pasta is boiled in the same water as the potatoes and green beans. The pesto is added just before serving. They are also eaten with tomato based sauces, creamy sauces, seafood and various vegetarian sauces.