Salt and pepper
pound spinach fettuccine or spinach garganelli
cup pistachios or 3 tablespoons pine nuts
pound thin asparagus, coarsely chopped
cup mixed fresh parsley, mint and tarragon or basil, loosely packed
cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (about a handful)
About ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook to al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking water. While the pasta is working, in a small skillet, toast the pistachios (or pine nuts). Using a food processor, puree the asparagus, herbs, cheese, nuts and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. With the machine on, drizzle in about 1/4 cup EVOO; stream in a few more tablespoons EVOO, as needed, to form a smooth pesto. In a pasta bowl, combine the pasta, pesto and reserved pasta cooking water. Toss for 1-2 minutes to coat.