Quick and Simple: Pasta with Pistachio Cream Sauce

Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

Here is a look back at a Sicilian recipe I posted a few years ago that is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes.  While it might seem too hot right now for a heavy cream sauce, I crave pistachio pasta all year long.  It’s so simple and quick, the sauce will be finished by the time your pasta is cooked.  Pair it with a crisp salad and I think it’s a great way to end a long summer day.

Farfalle with Pistachio Cream Sauce Recipe

  1. Joanne

    This dish is a dream! I couldn’t think of any sauce I’d want to eat more. Bookmarked!

    10:18 am  Jul 20th, 2010
  2. Kristina

    Stop by my blog- you got an award! 🙂 Blessings!

    11:33 am  Jul 20th, 2010
  3. Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}

    This looks lovely, Nicole! I have never added pistachio in pasta, mostly because growing up, it was always associated with sweet stuff. This is the second time in the past week I saw a pasta with pistachio and I think it’s a sign 🙂

    1:32 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  4. cheffresco

    We made a pistachio cream sauce once before and it was amazing. Might have to give this one a try, we love a good, simple pasta!

    1:53 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  5. Chef Dennis

    pistachio cream sounds incredible…I have never made anything like that, I will definitely have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    2:35 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  6. Georgia Pellegrini

    Sounds great. I like pasta with pistachio pesto too.

    3:00 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  7. Phoo-D

    I will have to give this a try. Mr. B is a massive fan of both pistachios and pesto. He would grin from ear to ear if I combined both in a pasta dish.

    3:25 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  8. Alta

    Wow, yum! Sounds delicious.

    3:49 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  9. Kalyn

    I am seriously drooling here!

    5:51 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  10. Grace

    Another delicious dish. I am looking forward to trying it. I love that the pistachios are ground. I don’t care for large chunks of nuts.

    6:38 pm  Jul 20th, 2010
  11. Ryan

    Made this AGAIN tonight and it was just as amazing as the previous times…..Simple, delicious and perfect for a pregnant woman who is craving pasta 😉

    7:13 pm  Jul 26th, 2010
  12. Ryan

    Made this AGAIN tonight and it was just as amazing as the previous times…..Easy, delicious and perfect for a pregnant woman who is craving pasta 😉

    7:14 pm  Jul 26th, 2010
  13. Ross

    I took a stab at this over the weekend. I used orrichette instead of farfalle, just because I always keep orrichette on hand, but it turned out fantastic. Next time I think I’ll add a bit more pistachio, but you can be sure – there will definitely be a next time!

    Pics (not nearly as nice as the ones in the recipe) etc. are here:


    Great recipe – thanks for sharing!

    8:43 am  Jul 28th, 2010
  14. justcooknyc

    gorgeous photo. i don’t think i’ve ever made something like this before, even though i’m a pasta addict

    10:49 am  Jul 29th, 2010
  15. Adrianne

    While making our menu for the week my husband requested farfalle with pistachio…like we had during our time in Sicily! How funny that a google search pulled your site up and it appears our times there overlapped a little! Thank you for the recipe and the small trip down memory lane – I try not to think of it much, as we miss it so terribly!

    9:39 pm  Nov 5th, 2011
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