Photo: Johnny Autry; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)

We love this dish with pistachios, but for a less expensive alternative, try walnuts. Save the smallest mint leaves for a pretty, delicate garnish.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

JaninBaltimore's Review

February 12, 2014
did not like this at all - will not make again

daneanp's Review

November 11, 2013
This was interesting and different. I might squeeze a couple of drops of lemon in the pesto next time. The meal was split 3 ways and was just enough. I didn't bother with the chopped nuts on top. I'd make it again.DD suggested adding some tomato sauce to the pesto to change it up a bit too.

bellymama's Review

August 20, 2013
Yummy! Perfect way to use up some fresh tomatoes from the garden and avoid cooking on a hot summer night.

SDBennettmd's Review

July 15, 2013

lexy7070's Review

July 01, 2013
Very good! I like that it's a little different from the traditional basil pesto. So easy, and great for those hot days when you can't bare to turn on the oven!

DawnElizabethD5's Review

June 24, 2013
As advertised. Easy to prepare and the flavors are wonderful. The mint pesto has a lovely bite of garlic, and the pistachio provides a delicate crunch. All family members gave this meal two thumbs up.

Meredith475's Review

June 18, 2013
Very good and pretty quick to make last minute. I added grilled chicken which I cut up into chunks and tossed in at the end. You can easily make the pesto ahead to make it really quick. A good dinner to make camping. Just make the pesto at home and store in a container and keep in the cooler.

MrsLAC's Review

June 17, 2013
Very fresh and delightful for a warm summer night . Would go faster if you buy pre-shelled pistachios. I added Italian sausage for my hubby but you could easily add grilled chicken instead.

LauraB08's Review

June 16, 2013
GREAT DISH. I used some leftover spaghetti and sauteed the tomatoes before tossing them in -- and accidentally left out the salt, pepper, and garlic -- and it was really great.