Italian Pistachio Spinach Pesto Avocado and Pasta

Sunday, December 11, 2011

1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice squeezed
 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2  cleaned garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher
 1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup  fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts
6 oz of your choice of pasta or Grandma's Fresh Homemade Pasta (Click Here)
1/4 cup pasta water

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Boil the pasta, drain but never rinse the pasta, leave the starch on. That's what makes the sauce cling to the pasta! and set aside, saving the 1/4 cup water.

Puree Avocado till smooth. Set aside.

To make the sauce place the garlic cloves, pistachios lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor and process until smooth pasta. Then add the basil and spinach, process till blended together still a little chunky.

Process until blended but not completely smooth or to how you like it. Stir in hot pasta water. If pasta isn't cooked and hot then you will have to heat the sauce.
Place  pasta on your plate (we like to drizzle a little more olive oil on top of the pasta), spoon some  sauce on top or place in a large bowl and toss all together and serve either way it taste great!..
I love lots of locatelli grated cheese on mine, it's your call on the cheese~


  1. What a great weeknight meal! That pesto sure is tempting.

  2. This dressing is really original, an appetizing way to use pesto sauce. Bye, have a great Sunday

  3. Wow, what a fresh, original recipe! You should be on Food Network! I know it's hard to come up with some new idea, a fresh twist on something and you've done it here. Good for you. It looks delicious. You should enter it in a cooking contest!

  4. Oh, what a great twist on pesto! Looks delicious, Claudia!!!

  5. Wow, I'd never think to sue avocado in pesto - sounds delicious! :)

  6. Hey Claudia, Pistachios remind me of my uncle and just perfect for a pesto. This pasta is definitely packed with Italian flavors!

  7. I missed dinner tonight and you're teasing me with that incredible sounding pesto! I HAVE to go make pasta now!! But sadly, it won't be as good as this.

  8. I could eat pesto daily and on just about anything. However I've never made it with spinach a favorite veggie of mine and pitachios are one of my favorite nuts. I cant wait to try this. It's sounds fantastic!

  9. I always like to prepare pasta with avocado now would be a great time with this recipe.

  10. Delicious! Avocado is an unusual ingredient and it probably gave it a creaminess....

  11. This pesto does have some great ingredients-yum!. Pesto is a staple that I feel every kitchen needs to have and nothing like finding this special recipe to add to the variety. Great post!

  12. Dear Claudia, Wonderful pesto, with homemade pasta that would be a treat. Blessings, Catherine xo


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