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two bowls of Fettuccine With Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Fettuccine With Pistachio Pesto Sauce

This Ultimate Pistachio Pesto with Basil & Spinach recipe is truly THE ultimate pesto sauce. Insanely delicious, bright, flavorful and loaded with pistachio goodness! It takes exactly 5 mins to make, keeps in your fridge for at least a month and you can use it on anything.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword homemade pesto sauce, pasta with pistachios, pistachio pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 659 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 lb bag of fresh fettuccine pasta ( use gluten free pasta if needed)

For the pesto

  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 large garlic clove ( or 2 smaller ones)
  • juice of 1 lemon ( about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( use 1 teaspoon of mustard if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup -1/3 cup of olive oil


  • Extra fresh grated Parmesan for sprinkling (optional)
  • Lemon zest and crushed pistachios for sprinkling (optional)
  • **optional: 1/4 cup of heavy cream


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. In the meantime, make the pesto. In a food processor, place all the pesto ingredients except for the olive oil.
  3. Process until the mixture is fine, then add in the olive oil and process until the is a smooth sauce (it will not be creamy smooth, but smooth).

  4. When the pasta is done, drain it well. Then toss about 1/2 of the pesto (more or less to your taste) with the pasta and plate them. If you're turning this into a cream sauce, add the cream with pesto sauce t the cooked pasta right away.

  5. Drizzle a teaspoon more of the pesto on top of each pasta plate, and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and crushed pistachios if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Make this pistachio pesto vegan by substituting the parmesan cheese with a tsp of mustard.
  • For a plate of creamy pistachio pasta, add 1/4 cup of cream to the freshly cooked pasta along with the pesto.
  • Finish your pasta with some freshly grated lemon zest and parmesan on top for the ultimate pasta experience! 
Nutrition Facts
Fettuccine With Pistachio Pesto Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 plate)
Calories 659 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 472mg13%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 830IU17%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.