Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pistachio Pesto Penne


I owe pasta an apology.  I’ve abandoned it for a bit.  I didn’t hate it!  But somewhere along the way, I just lost my desire for it.  It would sit there in their boxes on the shelf in the cupboard.  Just waiting.  And waiting.  Not being opened.  Just sitting there in their place in the pantry.  But one day recently, I realized I missed it.  And now I can’t get enough.  I’m so sorry to have abandoned you dear pasta.  Please forgive me.  I have no idea what I was even eating all those weeks – rice, perhaps?  I promise to never leave you like that again.  You come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and go so well with all types of concoctions – tomato sauce, meatballs, cream sauces, olive oil…and pesto.  After trying you with this creamy pistachio pesto, I don’t know how I ever could have abandoned you!  Plus, who can turn down an opportunity for alliteration?

Ingredients
¼ cup pistachios, shelled and salted
¼ cup basil
¼ cup tarragon
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces pasta (I used penne)
1/3 cup reserved pasta water
1/3 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions
To make the pesto:  Place pistachios, basil, tarragon, and garlic cloves in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse.  Slowly pour in the olive oil while the food processor is still running.  Set aside. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and make the pasta according to the package directions.  Be sure to reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta water before draining. 

In a large sauté pan over medium-low heat, mix the pesto, reserved pasta water, heavy cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Once everything has been heated, add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat.

38 comments:

  1. I love pistachio pesto and the addition of tarragon sounds absolutely lovely.

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  2. Pasta always has spurts in my kitchen, where it goes from a weekly thing, to not eaten for a month. It's been one of my life regrets to not have pistachio pesto, I'll have to remedy that!

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  3. I love Pesto! Never tried Pistachio pesto, it sounds really yummy, can't wait to try your recipe!

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  4. Oooh this looks so so good and a must try since I love pesto!!Great idea to use pistachios!!I've never used them in pesto before and can only imagine how delicious it must have tasted :)Bookmarked!!

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  5. That sounds wonderful - I think with lemon basil. Now I just have to wait for it to grow. I go in streaks with pasta, too. I think I'm about to go back on....

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  6. Oh yum!! I go through my non-pasta fazes too and, like you, I always come back loving it even more than before!

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  7. I have a similar can't-get-enough and ignoring-for-weeks relationship with noodles....pistachio pasta seems like a unique thing....never heard of it before....love that colour....could eat this just for that colour...happy pasta eating :-)

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  8. This is one unique and no doubt tasty pesto. I always like the addition of nuts in savory food, even though it is mostly seen in asian dishes. The idea of a nutty pesto with pasta does make my mouth water. Delicious post!

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  9. This definitely looks tasty, I love the pistchio and tarragon together. Very nice recipe.

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  10. ohh I've always wanted to put tarragon in something, this looks delicious!

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  11. This pasta has so many delicious elements put together - no wonder it looks perfect :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  12. Wow, this looks amazing! I can't imagine abandoning pasta, but then again, I just got back from Italy. This pesto looks fabulous!

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  13. Oh wow, I am drooling at the thought of this. A creamy pistachio pesto sounds heavenly. Wonderful photo too!

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  14. This is such a good idea! This pasta sounds so yummy!

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  15. I have it on good authority that pasta is very forgiving, and I think that's especially true if it's made into something as delicious as this! :D

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  16. I never abandon pasta. In fact, I give it a weekly hug. ;)

    This looks AMAZING!!!

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  17. This looks delicious! I have never tried pistachio pesto before. I think I have to change that...

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  18. We seemed to have taken a break from pasta too. I think with the warm weather everyone is thinking of salads and fresher foods. However, this recipe has prompted me to revisit an old friend!

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  19. You had me at pistachio! Yum!

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  20. Your pasta looks absolutely fantastic! It looks so creamy and I love the idea of pistachios in the pasta, will give it a nice crunch too. :)

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  21. This looks delicious! I love pesto and pasta is always a favourite in my house! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Just wonderful. Pistachios always add such a perfect flavor to pasta.

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  23. I love pesto--great idea to use pistachios!

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  24. More pistachio goodness? I'm all for it!

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  25. I'm loving all the pistachio...more, please ;)
    XOXO
    http://TheSquishyMonster.com

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  26. This sounds and looks wonderful!

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  27. Great idea! Love the idea of using pistachios in a pesto type pasta sauce. Yum!!!! I'm addicted to pasta too. I try to only eat it once a week though. *hehe* TRY....

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  28. Mmmmmmm...what a delicious twist on the classic pesto! It looks wonderful, Jenn!

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  29. Love all sorts of pesto. Haven't tried with pistachios yet. The pasta looks super!

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  30. This sounds so good! I bought 3 pounds of shelled pistachios at the farmer's market this morning and a few of them are begging to hop in this pasta dish. Love it.

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  31. What a fantastic twist on pesto! Love the idea of pistachios! :)

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  32. This is brilliant! I like the use of pistachios in the pesto.

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  33. I love regular basil pesto...but I love fun variations on it even more! This sounds great. I'm so glad your love of pasta is back!

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  34. oh, yum! i actually have a bunch of pistachios left over from a pistachio-graham crust i made the other day, so i've been looking for ways to use them up. may have to try this!

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  35. OMG I'm just the opposite! I've been eating it farrr too much! And I'd totally dig into a nice big plate of this pistachio pesto! Sounds incredible, love pistachios, what a great idea! YUM!

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  36. Such a good idea with the pistachios! I've never seen that before, its a really pretty pasta! I've been ignoring my pasta too....definitely need to give it some more attention this week, pesto is sounding so good!

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