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pistachio pesto pasta with pancetta

This is a pistachio pesto and pancetta pasta recipe for sinful, delicious, pasta nights.

pistachio pesto pasta
pistachio pesto recipe

This pistachio pesto and pancetta pasta recipe is an easy, all-you-have-to-do-is-blend, Italian dinner idea.

You can make plain pistachio pesto pasta, using the pesto as a sauce, or add crunchy toasted pancetta, as I learned one day in Orvieto. This makes of it a quite sinful dish, but worth every fork.

The ingredients of the pistachio pesto cream sauce are pistachios, extra-virgin olive oil, salt pepper, and nutmeg.

Nutmeg is the perfect spice to exalt the taste of pistachios, but don’t add too much, or it will cover it. As usual, add and taste, until you find the perfect balance.
As for the salt, be frugal if you are going to add pancetta, which is already savory.

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pistachio pesto pasta with pancetta

Course pasta
Cuisine italian recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


for the pistachio pesto

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil better if mild
  • 1 cup peeled pistachios+ 3-4 tablespoons of grains for garnish bronte pistachios would be the best
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

for the pasta

  • 7 oz thinly sliced pancetta 200 gr
  • 14 oz linguini or other long pasta 400 gr


making pesto

  1. Blend olive oil, pistachios, salt, pepper and nutmeg, enough to have a creamy and slightly grainy consistency.

making pasta

  1. Julienne pancetta.
  2. Cook pasta following package directions. I like it al dente.
  3. Meanwhile brown pancetta in a small pan, medium/low heat, until crunchy.
  4. Season pasta with the pistachio pesto, mix well. Add pancetta and mix.
  5. Finally garnish with pistachio grains and serve hot.

Enjoy your pistachio pesto pasta!


Claudia Rinaldi

Claudia Rinaldi


Digital artisan and curator of the Simposio magazine; maker of Gourmet Project, an Italian food and culture blog; and life in Italy relator through the Italian Colors Newsletter. Claudia lives in magnificent Rome. She loves pasta, “melanzane alla parmigiana”, hats, suitcases and airports, Christmas, and books. Her mission is to show you that Italy is so much more than spaghetti and clichés, but a land of endless traditions, flavors, and heritage.

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