Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Is it me, or did October totally zoom by? Ready or not, November is here and if your family is anything like mine, holiday planning is well underway. As soon as November 1st hit, a “send me your Christmas wishes” family mass e-mail was circulating. When it comes to holiday visits, I think a lot of people take time to plan every morsel of food eaten on the big day, but the thing is, most out of town family members tend to stay a few days before or after the main event. Now is the time to test a few recipes you’re thinking of serving the masses while they’re visiting.

Making a functional dish like this pistachio pesto pasta is a great way to please a large crowd without much hassle. This recipe requires little prep work aside from removing the pistachio shells. I’m all about easy dishes before and after the holidays. Leave the hard work to the big day. We hope you and all those visiting you over the next two months will enjoy this recipe!


1 cup pistachios, shells removed

1 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup olive oil

1 pound pasta


In a food processor, pulse pistachios, parsley, garlic, parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper together until well combined.

While food processor is on, slowly add the olive oil to the pesto. Continue to combine until well mixed.

Store pesto in an airtight container until use.

Stir in at least 3/4 cup pesto per pound of pasta. Taste and add more as needed. Top with extra Parmesan cheese.


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Comments (12)

  • Yummmm my husband loves pistachios I can’t wait to make this dish!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Hi Kristi! The pistachios add a really nice flavor to this pesto. Let us know what he thinks! Thanks for stopping by.

  • It’s not just you – October fleeeeew by! And this pasta? looks just amazing! One of the things that I love about it is that I bet it’s wonderful hot, but it would also be tasty at room temperature or cold, as a pasta salad. I love versatile dishes like that!
    amy @ fearless homemaker

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Amy that’s SUCH a good idea! I will have to make more and try it cold as pasta salad. Thanks for the tip! Hope you enjoy!

  • A fantastic pesto! It´s one of the condiments I just love and this version should taste amazing!

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Paula! I love pesto too- it’s so versatile and rich in flavor!

  • Honey What's Cooking 5 years ago Reply

    i’ve never made pesto with pistachiu… looks wonderful, i can just imagine the flavor in my head.

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    We hadn’t either, but I’m so glad we gave it a try! It’s so worth shelling all those pistachios!

  • Yum, pesto is one of my all time favorites. Great idea to make it with pistachios too – I’ll have to try that! 🙂

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Pesto is a classic, isn’t it? I feel like most everyone likes it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lindsey 5 years ago Reply

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it…

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Linds! I think you guys would really like this one!

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