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Healthy Pistachio Pasta Sauce

This healthy pistachio pasta sauce is not only a delicious sauce, but is a great way to use up extra greens. Make a couple servings to freeze for a quick dinner.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Rebecca


  • knife
  • cutting board
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • High Powered Blender/Food Processor


  • 1 cup shelled pistachios (4 ounces)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach stems removed
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • teaspoon salt


  • Add all ingredients to food processor or high powered blender. Mix together until smooth. Add more olive oil if it's too dry for you. 



  • Swap spinach for arugula or other greens
  • Add up to ¼ cup additional oil if pesto doesn't blend well
  • Use pesto as a pasta sauce, top fish or chicken, or use as a salad dressing.
  • You can also freeze this pesto to use later