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Spaghetti With Asparagus Pesto

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The Italian word PESTO (literally “to trample”) usually refers to the sauce originating in the city of Genoa (Liguria), made with basil, garlic, EVOO , Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, pecorino cheese, pine nuts and coarse salt. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle and could be prepared with various ingredients such as arugula and walnuts or sun-dried tomatoes or spinach and nuts. This is my version of pesto, made with two of my favorite ingredients : asparagus and pistachio.
Quick and easy to make, this sauce can be tossed over any kind of pasta.
Remember to cook the pasta “al dente” (cooked but still firm) and enjoy.
Buon Appetito!
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Photo by Ale Gambini – BreadLoveAndDreams
Yields: 4 servings
Difficulty : easy
Prep: 20 min. 
Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

12 ounces spaghetti

1 bunch fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed

1/4 cup raw pistachios

1 garlic clove

1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as much as needed

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Boil the asparagus in a large skillet of salted water until tender, then drain with a slotted spoon and reserve some cooking water. 

Cut the asparagus in small pieces, add the garlic clove, pistachios, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper, cooking water and blend with a hand or stand blender until very creamy and smooth. 

Boil the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until “al dente”. 

Drain and toss the spaghetti with asparagus pesto. 

Serve garnished with crushed pistachios and sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

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9 thoughts on “Spaghetti With Asparagus Pesto

  1. loveofitaliancooking March 26, 2017 at 8:34 PM Reply

    Ciao Ale! This sounds absolutely delicious! I usually make the traditional basil pesto or arugula with walnuts, but your version with asparagus and pistachios sounds divine! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. loveofitaliancooking June 8, 2017 at 7:12 AM Reply

    Ciao Ale! I made your pesto last weekend and it was divine! Just like you said, it was very light and delicate. 🙂 May I share your recipe on my blog? I will write the recipe in my own words and I will link back to you, of course. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    • A Queen In The Kitchen June 8, 2017 at 9:24 AM Reply

      So happy you liked it! Simole things are always the best! Sure, you can share the recipe and let me know as soon as the post will be up 😉

      • loveofitaliancooking June 8, 2017 at 10:59 PM

        Grazie Ale!! Puoi ti faccio sapere. 🙂 Un abbraccio ❤

  3. […] never thought of making pesto using green asparagus and pistachios, hadn’t I come across Ale’s recipe over at A Queen in the […]

  4. loveofitaliancooking July 30, 2017 at 1:51 PM Reply

    Ciao Ale!

    I posted this recipe on my blog. 🙂 If you would like to take a look, click on the link below. Un forte abbraccio 🙂

    https://fortheloveofitaliancooking.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/ales-spaghetti-with-asparagus-and-pistachio-pesto/

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