Mint Pistachio Pesto

Mint Pistachio Pesto

Sometimes you have so many herbs in your garden, you don’t know what to do with them all! Although I currently have a lot of basil in my garden, I also have a lot of mint, parsley, and chives. Traditional pesto is delicious, but I wanted to try something different with the other herbs in my garden. This mint pistachio pesto is quick and easy to make and tastes great with a bowl of penne on a hot summer day!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves
  • 3/4 cup Raw Pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Parsley, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup Chives
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 1 cup Pecorino Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz. Penne

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.

In a blender or food processor, pour in the olive oil and add in the garlic, parsley, mint, chives, hot pepper flakes, and half cup of the pistachios. Blend until a paste.

Meanwhile, add the penne to the pot of boiling water and cook as per the package instructions. Reserve a cup of the pasta water. Strain the penne once cooked and place in a large bowl.

Add half a cup of pasta water to the blended mint pesto and mix.

Pour the mint pistachio pesto over the penne. Sprinkle half a cup of pecorino cheese on top and mix together.

Serve with a sprinkle of the remaining cheese and pistachios on top.

Mint Pistachio Pesto
Mint Pistachio Pesto

Mint Pistachio Pesto

Pasquale Sciarappa
A tasty way to use some of those herbs in your garden, this mint pistachio pesto is quick and easy to make and eat with a bowl of penne on a hot summer day!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves
  • 3/4 cup Raw Pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Parsley stems removed
  • 1/2 cup Chives
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 1 cup Pecorino Cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz. Penne

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • In a blender or food processor, pour in the olive oil and add in the garlic, parsley, mint, chives, hot pepper flakes, and half cup of the pistachios. Blend until a paste.
  • Meanwhile, add the penne to the pot of boiling water and cook as per the package instructions. Reserve a cup of the pasta water. Strain the penne once cooked and place in a large bowl.
  • Add half a cup of pasta water to the blended mint pesto and mix.
  • Pour the mint pistachio pesto over the penne. Sprinkle half a cup of pecorino cheese on top and mix together.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of the remaining cheese and pistachios on top.

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Keyword mint, mint pesto, pesto, pistachio
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