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Fusilli with Pistachio Pesto

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep time 25 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups pasta and 3/4 teaspoon pistachios)
Toss cooked fusilli pasta with a homemade pistachio pesto for a refreshing twist on traditional pine nut-based pesto dishes.  Add cooked chicken for a heartier dish. 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup shelled, roasted pistachios, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 11.4 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 6.1 g
  • polyfat 2.1 g
  • protein 12.3 g
  • carbohydrate 47.7 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 407 mg
  • calcium 112 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta through a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Rinse pasta with cold water; drain.

  2. Combine basil, 3 tablespoons pistachios, oil, salt, and garlic in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping sides. Transfer basil mixture to a large bowl; stir cheese and reserved 1/4 cup pasta water into basil mixture. Add pasta and tomatoes to basil mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon pistachios. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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