Pistachios are addictive, but the good news is that among nuts, pistachios are one of the most nutritious. A one-ounce serving of pistachios, gives you a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, potassium and fiber. But if you are like me, I have a hard time stopping once I get started popping those little nuts into my mouth.
At 170-calories a serving, if I am not careful I might have several servings before realizing what I’ve eaten! This past weekend, I tried to think of some new ways to enjoy my cravings for pistachios while making sure I don’t eat the whole bag! This delicious recipe for Chicken with Pistachio Pesto Pasta uses one cup of pistachios, spreading out the calories and fat without sacrificing any flavor. It’s different and perfect served warm…and tasted equally as good when I ate it cold straight from the fridge late one night when I needed a bedtime snack. It would also be great for your summer picnic table.
Chicken with Pistachio Pesto Pasta
For the pesto:
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 cup crushed pistachios
1/2 cup olive oil
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup packed basil leaves
1/4 cup packed parsley leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
For the chicken and pasta:
16 oz uncooked bowtie pasta
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
For the pesto, combine Parmesan cheese, pistachios, olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in a food processor and process to a thick paste. Set aside ½ cup of the pesto for this recipe and freeze the rest for future use.
For the chicken and pasta, cook bowtie according to package directions, and drain. Combine olive oil, vinegar and garlic salt in a skillet. Add chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink.
Combine pasta and chicken in a large serving bowl. Add pesto and toss to coat well. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 790, Fat: 41.6 g (8.4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 517 mg, Carbohydrates: 64.8 g, Fiber: 5.2 g, Protein: 42.6 g