Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fettuccine with Pistachio-Mint Pesto and Tomatoes

pic found here

YUM!!! I made this on Sunday and LOVED IT!

Fettuccine with Pistachio-Mint Pesto and Tomatoes


1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons unsalted, shelled dry-roasted pistachios, divided
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large garlic clove
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fettuccine
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 ounce fresh pecorino Romano cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)


1. Combine mint leaves, parsley leaves, 1/4 cup pistachios, olive oil, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and garlic in a mini food processor; pulse mixture until coarsely chopped.
2. Cook fettuccine according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain fettuccine over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Combine pesto mixture and reserved cooking liquid in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pasta to bowl; toss well to coat. Gently fold in cherry tomatoes. Coarsely chop remaining 4 teaspoons pistachios. Top pasta evenly with pecorino Romano cheese and chopped pistachios.

TIPS: Buy pre-shelled pistachios if possible -- Trader Joe's carries them. Prone to EXCESS, I used more tomatoes (and I used organic baby heirloom tomatoes), more garlic, and more pistachios than the recipe called for. I also used more of the "cooking liquid" than the recipe called for -- just so the pesto would be thinner and more evenly distributed over the pasta.

Recipe found here


sporkgasm said...

Yay! My friend just brought me a ton of fresh mint and parsley. I'm going to make this Friday night.

Lara said...

OMG that looks delicious! Pistachios are pretty much the best nut!

Dancing Branflake said...

WERT?!!! This looks amazing. Purely amazing. I want a huge bowl of pasta like nobody's biznazz.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You had me at pesto! I've never seen a pistachio mint version and hope to try this out!
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Lindsey said...

OMG - I am going through some serious kitchen/cooking withdrawal. This, my friend, did not help. I will get you back one day when you're stuck in a dank hotel with nothing but a hot plate and a promise. ;-)

Kristine said...

This looks delicious!!! I love pasta more than anything else. It is a serious problem. I eat to the point of pain every time. I can't stop. One day I will die in front of a giant platter of pasta. But I will die happy. This may be my impending death on a plate.I won't blame you and come back to haunt you, promise.

Stoic Tia said...

Oh, that sounds SO good! I die for pesto.

Lorena said...

DOnt get me wrong... but i had no idea you could cook!

Kathryn said...

I am always looking for pasta recipes - I never would have thought of this combination..will have to try it some time.