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This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas!

This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto

Pesto is always a good choice, but this pistachio pesto is on a whole other level! It is made with cilantro (but you could also use basil) and has the perfect amount of spice, earthiness and brightness. Tossed with pappardelle pasta and topped with crispy chickpeas – this pasta is a must for spring!

How to Make Pistachio Pesto

I can’t get enough of this pistachio pesto! It is at the top of my homemade pesto list – with Broccoli Pesto and Kale Pesto right behind it. Here is what you need to make it:

  • cilantro – or sub basil
  • jalapeño – optional, you can omit it if you don’t like spice
  • garlic 
  • pistachios 
  • lime juice
  • oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • water – as needed to thin
This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto

Add everything to a food processor and pulse to combine. Scrape down the edges as you go and give it a taste before setting it aside.

This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto

Assemble

Bring a stock pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until crispy.

Place the empty stock pot back on the stove over low heat. Add the pasta & pesto and toss to combine. Add pasta water as needed to thin.

This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto

Serve it Up

Plate the hot pasta and top with the chickpeas. This pesto pasta is best served right away, so if you don’t plan on eating right away, prep all of the components and toss to combine right before serving.

You can also add some fresh basil for a pop of color and freshness. This pasta is so simple and totally tasty – you gotta try it!

This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto

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Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas!
5 from 4 ratings

Ingredients

FOR THE PISTACHIO PESTO

FOR THE PASTA

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the pesto ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine, scraping down the sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  • Bring a stock pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until crispy.
  • Place the empty stock pot back on the stove over low heat. Add the pasta & pesto and toss to combine. Add pasta water as needed to thin.
  • Serve the pasta hot with the chickpeas on top.

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Calories: 410kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 312mg, Potassium: 378mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 3g, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
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This Pistachio Pesto Pasta is dairy-free, vegan and totally delicious! Made with cilantro, garlic & pistachios and served with crispy chickpeas | ThisSavoryVegan.com #thissavoryvegan #veganpasta #cilantropesto