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Upend your pesto routine by switching out the usual basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan for mint, pistachios, and pecorino. Crisp-tender asparagus and juicy cherry tomatoes round out this vegetarian pasta that's equally delicious warm or at room temperature.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2018

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Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
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  • In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup mint, pistachios, cheese, garlic, and zest with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until finely chopped. Add oil; pulse until a loose paste forms.

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  • Cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water 5 minutes. Add asparagus; cook until crisp-tender and pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes more. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Let cool 10 minutes.

  • In a serving bowl, combine pasta and asparagus with pesto and tomatoes. Toss with 1/4 cup pasta water, adding more, a few tablespoons at a time, until sauce evenly coats pasta. Serve, topped with remaining mint, chopped pistachios, cheese, and a drizzle of oil.

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