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Farfalle with Pistachio Nuts

Farfalle with Pistachio Nuts

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Dinner comes together in minutes with this simple pasta dish with onions, pistachio nuts and pecorino cheese.



  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shelled natural pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • fine sea salt
  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup grated Pecorino cheese


  1. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil. Cook the onion until translucent, but not browned. Stir in the nuts and cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Add in the red pepper flakes and more olive oil if it seems dry. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water and drain. Add the pasta into the saute pan. Reheat slowly, and stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Season with pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese, then serve immediately.
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  4. slightly adapted from Ciao Italia Family Classics: More than 200 Treasured Recipes from 3 Generations of Italian Cooks