Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

By Food & Wine

This amazing pesto from chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of NYC's Frankies Spuntino has a key ingredient that makes it stand out: Sicily's famous pistachio nuts, which are sweet, fruity and almost shockingly bright green. Fast Pasta Recipes

© Con Poulos Orecchiette with Pistachio Pesto
7 ounces unsalted roasted shelled pistachios (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup finely shredded pecorino cheese, plus more for serving
2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths and julienned
1 pound orecchiette

1. In a food processor, chop the pistachios. Add the olive oil, mint and garlic and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the 1/2 cup of cheese and the scallions; season with salt.
2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the cooking water and the pesto and cook over low heat, tossing, until coated. Serve, passing more cheese at the table.

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