Dinner doesn’t have to be tough! This quick and easy pasta of pasta tossed together with a lemon-pistachio pesto and fresh spinach is a cinch to prepare.
While I strive to regularly switch up our weekly dinner routine and make sure we try new dishes and flavors, there’s one thing’s you can be sure of— pasta night.
I often save our pasta meal for the busiest night of the week, as I can throw the whole meal together in the time it takes to boil pasta to al dente. Yes, some pasta dishes require more time and forethought, but not recipes like this one.
It requires just 6 basic ingredients— pistachios, lemon, shallot, olive oil, spinach and pasta. The pistachios, lemon, shallot and olive oil are blended together to make a pesto-like mixture that is tossed with the cooked pasta and spinach.
It’s such a simple dish, but packed with complex flavor. If you’re curious what a mixture of pistachios, lemon and shallot tastes like, it’s surprisingly fabulous— light and fresh.
This meal is family approved, even my toddler gobbled it up!
Lemon Pistachio Spaghetti with Spinach
- ½ cup pistachios (60 grams)
- 1 small shallot , roughly chopped
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ lb spaghetti (226 grams)
- 2 cups packed fresh spinach (65 grams)
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread pistachios in a single layer on a sheet pan. Toast until fragrant and lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Place the toasted pistachios, chopped shallot, lemon zest and juice, salt and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. Do not puree.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions, or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
- Toss the pasta with the lemon-pistachio mixture, remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and enough pasta water to make a loose sauce. Add spinach and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve immediately.
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