Delicious Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe

Picture this – you’re sitting down to a cozy dinner with friends or family, and the aroma of freshly cooked pasta fills the room. But this isn’t any ordinary pasta dish. This is a Pistachio Cream Pasta – a creamy, nutty sauce paired with al dente pasta that will leave you wanting seconds and thirds.

As an Israeli chef, I have a passion for delicious food that brings people together. And that’s exactly what this recipe does. It’s a Sicilian-inspired dish that combines rich heavy cream and parmesan cheese with the unique flavor of pistachios to create a dish that will impress any guest.

But don’t be intimidated by the sound of it – this Pistachio Cream Pasta is actually quite simple to make. With just a few key ingredients and some easy-to-follow steps, you’ll have a restaurant-quality dish ready in no time.

Get ready to indulge in this luxurious, one-of-a-kind pasta recipe that will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey. Trust me, your dinner guests will thank you for it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pistachio Cream Pasta
Pistachio Cream Pasta

I know you’re probably thinking, another pasta dish? But trust me on this one- this Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe is not your ordinary pasta recipe. This recipe is a masterpiece, a symphony of flavors- decadent and rich, with a unique twist.

Here’s why you will fall in love with this recipe.

Pistachios are the star ingredient in this dish. They add a delightful nuttiness that elevates the dish to something truly special. When combined with Swiss cheese, parmesan, heavy cream, spinach, and butter mushrooms, the pistachio flavor becomes the icing on top of this culinary masterpiece.

The sauce is a heavenly blend of pistachio cream and butter garlic oil with hints of lemon juice and minced Basil- it’s so good; you’ll be tempted to lick plates clean.

This recipe is adaptable to your taste buds. You can use any type of pasta from farfalle to penne, bucatini or even switch it up by using spinach pasta.

For vegetarians looking for something hearty and protein-rich meal or those who prefer non-meat dishes, it’s perfect as its ricotta-based or can easily swap out ricotta for vegan cheese.

So there you have it- The Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe. It’s easy to make but leaves an impression that will have your friends and family asking for seconds, thirds and maybe fourths. Try this recipe today – I guarantee you’ll fall in love at first bite!

Ingredient List

 A creamy pasta dish that will make your taste buds dance with joy!
A creamy pasta dish that will make your taste buds dance with joy!

Get Your Ingredients Ready!

To make this pistachio cream pasta recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Pasta: The recipe recommends using farfalle or penne pasta, which are great for holding the sauce. However, feel free to use any pasta of your choice.
  • Pistachios: This recipe uses both shelled and unsalted pistachios to make the creamy pistachio sauce. Make sure to reserve a handful of chopped pistachios for garnishing.
  • Cheese: You will need both Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese to add flavor and texture to the pasta sauce.
  • Spinach and Mushrooms: Fresh spinach adds nutrients and a pop of green color to the pasta recipe. Sautéed mushrooms add an earthy flavor and a meaty texture to the dish.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves add freshness and aroma to the dish.
  • Heavy Cream and Butter: These ingredients are essential for making the creamy texture that coats the pasta. Melted butter adds richness and flavor to the sauce.
  • Olive Oil: For sautéing the vegetables and cooking the pasta.
  • Onion and Garlic: These two ingredients provide a savory base for the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: A small amount of lemon juice adds tanginess and cuts through the richness of the cream sauce.

Note: The exact quantities of each ingredient can be found in the recipe instructions.

The Recipe How-To

 A pistachio-based sauce that brings a unique twist to traditional pasta dishes.
A pistachio-based sauce that brings a unique twist to traditional pasta dishes.

Now that we’ve gone through the ingredient list, let’s get started with the recipe.

Setting Up

First things first, get all of your ingredients together and measure everything out. This is going to help you stay organized throughout the cooking process and make sure that you don’t miss anything.

Cooking the Pasta

Get a pot of well-salted water boiling over high heat. Add 1 pound of your favorite pasta (I recommend using farfalle or penne pasta) to the boiling water and cook until it’s al dente. Once done, drain the pasta and set it aside for later.

Preparing the Pistachio Cream Sauce

In a small skillet over medium heat, sauté 1/4 cup of finely minced pistachios in 1 tablespoon of butter for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until they’re lightly browned. Place them in a food processor and pulse until they’re finely chopped.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt another 1 tablespoon of butter and add 1 medium finely chopped onion. Sauté until tender and just starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add 2 cloves of garlic and sauté for another minute or so until fragrant.

Reduce the heat to low and add in the chopped pistachios, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese into the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until everything is melted together into a smooth sauce. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Mixing it All Together

Add the cooked pasta into the saucepan with the pistachio cream sauce and mix everything together until the pasta is fully coated in sauce.


Divide the pasta onto plates or into bowls and sprinkle some extra chopped pistachios and fresh basil leaves on top for garnish. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Pistachio Cream Pasta!

Substitutions and Variations

 A deliciously nutty and savory pasta that's perfect for any day of the week.
A deliciously nutty and savory pasta that’s perfect for any day of the week.

When it comes to cooking, there’s always room for experimentation and customization to suit your taste buds. This recipe is no exception, and I’ve got a few suggestions for substitutions and variations that you might find interesting.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, feel free to leave them out or substitute with another vegetable that complements the dish. For example, you could use cherry tomatoes, bell peppers or asparagus.

If you prefer a lighter sauce, consider using half-and-half instead of heavy cream. You can also opt for a dairy-free alternative like coconut milk or almond milk to make it vegan-friendly.

For the pasta type, I recommend using farfalle (bowtie pasta) as it holds up well with the creamy sauce. However, you can use any type of pasta you have on hand like penne or bucatini pistachio.

If you want to add an extra layer of flavor and texture to the dish, try tossing in some chopped pistachios over the finished dish. You can also serve it with a side salad or garlic bread to complete the meal.

If you’re looking to switch things up, you may also try creating a pistachio pesto sauce by blending pistachios with fresh basil leaves and garlic until finely minced. Drizzle it over the pasta for a fresh twist on the recipe.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment further with pistachios, try making some ricotta stuffed ravioli or cannelloni with homemade pistachio butter. It’s an Italian-inspired spread that pairs perfectly with desserts or breakfast toast.

Remember, cooking is all about having fun and being creative. So don’t be afraid to switch up ingredients and make it your own!

Serving and Pairing

 A dish that's sure to impress without requiring hours in the kitchen.
A dish that’s sure to impress without requiring hours in the kitchen.


One of the great things about this Pistachio Cream Pasta recipe is that it is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of different side dishes and beverages. The rich, creaminess of the sauce makes it particularly enjoyable when paired with a light, fresh salad or roasted vegetables.

I personally like to serve this dish with a simple side salad made of fresh spinach, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar dressing. The acidity in the dressing pairs particularly well with the subtle sweetness of the pistachio cream sauce. In addition, adding a few fresh basil leaves on top of the pasta will enhance both the taste and visual appeal of your dish.

For those who prefer a heartier meal, mushrooms make for an excellent companion to pasta dishes. Sauteed mushrooms add an earthy flavor and meaty texture to balance out the creaminess of the pistachio sauce.

If you are looking to pair this recipe with a beverage, I recommend a crisp white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. The dryness in these wines complements the rich cream sauce without being too overpowering.

Overall, this pistachio pasta recipe is incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking in terms of pairings. So go ahead and get creative – try out different veggies or even experiment with different cheeses for a unique twist!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nutty, creamy and dreamy - this pasta dish has it all!
Nutty, creamy and dreamy – this pasta dish has it all!

After making this delicious pistachio cream pasta recipe, you might find yourself with some leftovers. Luckily, this pasta can be made ahead and stored for later consumption. You can also store any additional pistachio cream sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.

To store the pasta, transfer it into an airtight container and pop it in the fridge within two hours of cooking it. When you’re ready to eat it again, place it on the counter and let it come to room temperature before reheating it. If you’re short on time, you can also reheat it in the microwave or on the stove.

For microwaving, cover the pasta with a damp paper towel or microwave-safe lid and heat on high for around one minute. You should stir and repeat until the desired temperature is reached.

If reheating on the stove is your preferred method, you should add a few splashes of water to help loosen up the sauce over medium heat. Stir frequently until everything is warmed through.

This dish can stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Make ahead and store for a perfect stress-free meal option throughout your busy week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rich and indulgent, yet with a surprisingly light and fresh taste.
Rich and indulgent, yet with a surprisingly light and fresh taste.

When it comes to cooking, attention to detail is key to a great result. That’s why I want to share with you some tips that will help you achieve the perfect Pistachio Cream Pasta every time.

To start, be sure to cook your pasta in a large pot of well-salted boiling water until it is al dente. The recommended cooking time on the package is just a reference point, so be sure to taste it often after the first few minutes of cooking to ensure that it is not overdone.

When making the pistachio cream sauce, use a food processor or hand blender to ensure the pistachios are finely minced and well blended with the other ingredients. This will create a smooth and creamy texture for your sauce.

For an extra depth of flavor, consider adding sautéed mushrooms or fresh spinach to your pasta dish. The earthiness of the mushrooms and the freshness of the spinach will complement the nutty flavor of the pistachios and swiss cheese.

You can also experiment by replacing some ingredients with alternatives you prefer or have on hand. For example, you can swap out the heavy cream for ricotta cheese or substitute basil for parsley.

To add some crunch and texture to your pasta, sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top just before serving. This will also add a pop of color and make your dish look more appealing.

Lastly, remember to garnish your pasta with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and a few basil leaves. This will enhance its flavor and add visual appeal.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with this delicious Pistachio Cream Pasta dish every time!


Now that you know how to cook the Pistachio Cream Pasta like pro, you may have some following concerns that require clarification. In this section, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers, to help you tackle any issue that comes your way. Let’s get started!

What can you use pistachio cream for?

The versatility of pistachio cream is astounding, as it can be used in a variety of delectable ways. Pair it with pastry cream or Crema Pasticcera and use it as a rich filling for Italian Bomboloni doughnuts. You can also mix it with creamy ricotta and stuff homemade cannoli for a decadent treat, or fold it with luscious mascarpone to create a mouth-watering cake filling. The possibilities are endless!

How do you use Pisti pistachio cream?

Start your day with a burst of energy by indulging in a delicious breakfast spread made from Pistì pistachio cream. Savor the creamy goodness on toast, biscuits, or any baked item of your choice. You can also treat yourself to a small luxurious moment by enjoying a spoonful of Pistì cream after your midday meal, and adding a perfect touch of indulgence to your coffee.

What is pistachio sauce made of?

To prepare the pistachio mixture for this dish, start by giving them a thorough rinse under cold water and pat them dry with a towel to remove any excess salt. Next, using a small skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter and sauté the pistachios for roughly two minutes. The goal here is simply to lightly toast the nuts, so make sure they don’t brown too much. Once toasted, mince the pistachios either by hand or in a food processor until they are finely chopped. Add in the melted butter, garlic, oil, salt, and lemon juice, and continue to mince everything together until the mixture is well blended.

What is pistachio cream called?

Italian pastries and cakes are known for their delicious, creamy filling called crema pasticcera al pistachio. This smooth and custardy pistachio-flavored pastry cream is a staple ingredient in many popular Italian treats, such as layer cakes and tarts.

Bottom Line

this article, and every recipe you come across, with a call to action, and this one is no exception. I urge you to try making the Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe today. You won’t regret it. The creamy, nutty sauce paired with al dente pasta and fresh spinach is a taste bud party like no other.

Not only is this recipe absolutely delicious, but it’s also versatile. You can use any type of pasta you have on hand or any mushroom you prefer, and the recipe can even be made ahead of time for easy meal prep. Plus, with the added health benefits of fresh spinach and pistachios, this dish is a win-win.

So don’t hesitate! Gather your ingredients and get cooking. Make sure you follow the tips for perfect results, and if you have any questions or concerns, refer back to the FAQ section. Trust me; once you take that first bite of creamy pistachio goodness, you’ll be hooked.

And who knows? You might even come up with your own variations and substitutions to make this recipe even more personalized for your taste buds. The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking.

So whip out your aprons and let’s get cooking! The Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe awaits your culinary skills.

Pistachio Cream Pasta

Pistachio Cream Pasta Recipe

I love this pasta dish, as pistachios are my favorite nut. I help my mom with all of the toppings, and we toss it together just before dinner. Everyone we have ever served it to has raved about how tasty and simple the recipe is.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 299 kcal


  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, crushed
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, torn in bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped


  • In a skillet, saute mushrooms in butter.
  • Add cream and basil and heat through.
  • Pour sauce over hot pasta and mix thoroughly.
  • Add spinach, Parmesan and Swiss cheeses, pistachios.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Toss to mix well.

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Serving: 88gCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 24.8gProtein: 8.4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9.9gCholesterol: 46.5mgSodium: 133mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1.8g
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