Parsley Pistachio Pea Pesto Over Pasta

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The five P's~ Parsley, Pistachio, Pea, Pesto, Pasta, wow try and say that fast~!!

pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley






Well we started out having this pesto for four, and got surprise guests at the last minute. I had just enough homemade egg noodles left for four, so out came some boxed pasta made seperate to fed the clan. Not a problem, just made another quick batch of pesto, and a pound of bow ties. So, they all got a little taste of the homemade pasta, but we ended up having both kinds to feed our company.


pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley



bow tie noodles pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley



pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley




I kind of felt bad since everyone kept saying the homemade pasta was better than the dry pasta, a nice compliment, glad they got a little taste of the noodles.



So, we had a huge salad and some garlic knots to go along with the meal, and of course I had to make one of our favorite desserts Italian Lemon Cheesecake.



A great pasta dish, this is light dinner, but yet filling and so quick and easy.




pasta with pesto sauce made with pistachio, peas, and parsley


2 cups frozen peas
1 cup fresh parsley leaves packed
1/2 cup pistachios, macadamia or walnuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan plus more for serving
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and milled ground pepper
dash of cayenne pepper

Cook 1 cup of peas according to package. In food processor combine cooked peas, parsley, nuts, cheese, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste. Slowly add oil until well blended add salt and peppers to taste.

In a large pot of salted water cook pasta to your preference, add the peas to the water just before pasta is done. Drain pasta and peas reserving 1 cup of water. Put pasta and peas back into the pot and toss with 3/4 cup of Parsley Pistachio Pesto sauce add enough pasta water to create a sauce ( freeze leftover sauce in ice cube trays for another time thaw before using ). Serve with more Parmesan and Parsley Garlic Butter on top.
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30 comments

  1. Perfection on a fork.

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  2. Yum Claudia. You know, lately I haven't been that hungry due to the heat down here. But when it hits, I'm so incredibly ravenous that I want rich, delicious things like this pasta dish. I love that you used farfalle for some of it (one of my favorite pasta shapes)!

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  3. Fabulous pasta dish. Sounds like a wonderful dinner. Eating at your house must be a real treat.

    Cheers!

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  4. You always have something wonderful cooking in your kitchen. I sure wish we lived closer, lol! This sounds wonderful with the pistachios. I have never tried pasta with nuts before but I can imagine the richness they add.

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  5. What a tasty mix! Wonderful ^_^

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  6. Oh gorgeous photo Claudia! That looks so delicious, and I can tell you have been shooting outside, it does make a huge difference! what a beautiful pesto recipe! I love all the "P"s!

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  7. wonderful,wonderful pasta ,claudia!and i love first photo,ii is a real scene of art!

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  8. This all looks amazing. I can't wait to try some of your recipes. Yum Yum Yum!

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  9. Those 5-P's sound delicious. Love the first photo. It's making my mouth water.

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  10. I love EVERYTHING about this dish - yes, all those P's are just great!

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  11. I need to make homemade pasta noodles asap. i don't know what has been holding me back! This meal looks so amazing, I would dump so much parmesan on this! haha I love adding extra :)

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  12. Okay I just had dinner, and now I'm hungry again! This looks and sounds amazing- the garlic knots, the salad, and the lemon cheesecake. Oh man! I want to come to your house for dinner :o)

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  13. I love this five p's pasta! I never had a pistachio pesto - I bet it's delicious!

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  14. Wow this 5 Ps need a P-erfect thumb up, need visiting your house for dinner :)- Pasta Party!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  15. I sure love adding peas to my pasta too! Yum!

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  16. never thought of putting pistachios in pasta - how awesome is that....

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  17. A stunning pasta dish & everything looks so fresh & lovely!

    Yummmmmm,..

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  18. A most delicious combination of Ps!

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  19. Wow! Claudia... 5 Ps? Try 7... add:
    Perfection.
    Priceless.

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  20. What a wonderful pasta dish. Your food always looks mouthwatering! I really like the ingredients in your pesto!

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  21. You've pulled off playing with words and food with perfect panache! Oh the joyful palilogy of P!

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  22. Sounds wonderful, I would love to have a plateful right now :D

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  23. That is one grand pesto. Everything in it says "delicious." The entire dinner would make my family swoon. (And that's always fun!)

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  24. The pistachios would add a really nice flavor to this pasta. I'll bet your homemade noodles are wonderful!

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  25. Wow that looks like something I want to take a huge forkful of right now.

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  26. delicious flavours thank you for linking Claudia

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  27. Un pesto di piselli? ma è meravigliosooo :-)

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