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This roasted pistachio pesto is truly quick and easy to put together, so it's perfect for a weeknight meal! It also tastes like you’ve slaved away all day and I think it would really blow your guests away at a dinner party! Simple, sophisticated, and takes less than 10 minutes to put together. Need I say more? :) showmetheyummy.com #glutenfree #vegetarian #pesto #pistachios #pasta #bread #spread
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Roasted Pistachio Pesto

This roasted pistachio pesto is truly quick and easy to put together, so it's perfect for a weeknight meal! Simple, sophisticated, and takes less than 10 minutes to put together. Need I say more? :)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, fresh, pistachios
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios plus more for optional garnish
  • 2/3 cup olive oil more to less for desired consistency
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese shredded
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Roasted Pistachios

  • Shell pistachios and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pistachios on a rimmed cookie sheet. They should be in a single layer for even roasting.
  • Roast for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the pistachios are fragrant and lightly browned.
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Pesto

  • Place basil, garlic, and roasted pistachios into a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor. Once smooth (there will still be some small chunks), slowly pour in the olive oil, lemon juice, and pecorino romano cheese while the food processor is running.
  • Process until the mixture is smooth, again, you may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
  • Season with salt, and serve immediately over pasta, toasted bread, use it as pizza sauce, etc!
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Notes

In the pasta photos above, I used spaghetti and roasted some cherry tomatoes to go along with the pesto. To roast tomatoes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, drizzle with olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt. Cook until the tomatoes get soft and wrinkly!

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.3mg