Weekday meals made easy: Creamy pistachio pesto pasta

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Written by Philipp Ertl

The simplest recipes are always the best! This recipe is ideal for weekday dinners, is super delicious and only takes about 12 minutes to make. Instead of using tomato sauce on your pasta, why not try something new? A tasty pistachio pesto to pour over your pasta which is easy to make, satisfying and is bursting with goodness! Also if you can’t digest gluten, just use some gluten-free pasta and you’re ready to go.

pistachio pesto pasta vegan main course

PIstachios are often used in sweet dishes such as ice-creams and other desserts but they taste great in savoury dishes just like this one! 

vegan pistachio pesto pasta closeup

Such an easy dish to make, the green colour from the pistachios makes the dish look amazing and you don’t have to be on your feet for ages in the kitchen preparing. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS (3 portions):

Pistachio pesto ingredients:

  • 100g pistachios (shelled, unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (to taste)
  • 150ml water 
  • Handful of basil leaves  

Other ingredients:

  • Pasta



All you have to do is cook some nice pasta of your choice.

And in the meantime add all pistachio pesto ingredients into a blender. I accidentally bought Thai basil which doesn't work as well as normal basil, which tastes so much nicer (so don't mix the two up). Blend all ingredients until you get a really nice and smooth cream. 

When the pasta is cooked, pour the pesto over the warm pasta. Done! The whole process shouldn't take much longer than the time it takes to cook pasta. Enjoy!


Philipp Ertl is a recipe developer and founder of Exceedingly Vegan. His goal is to bring everyone back to the table with his delicious creations, vegans, flexitarians and omnivores. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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