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Spaghetti with Zucchini and Pistachio Pesto


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  • 1 1/2 c. basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 c. mint, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 c. shelled, toasted pistachios, plus more for serving
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 c. + 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 zucchini, very thinly sliced (2 c.)
  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • kosher salt
  • Black pepper



Step 1

Bring large pot of salted water to boil.

In food processor, pulse together basil, mint, pistachios, lemon zest and juice, Parmesan, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. With motor running, add in ¼ cup olive oil until it reaches creamy consistency.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large sauté pan. Saute zucchini for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Add spaghetti to boiling water and let cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

Return spaghetti to pot and toss with pesto, zucchini, and ½ cup of cooking water. Add an additional ¼ cup if you would like creamier pasta.

Serve spaghetti in bowls with additional torn mint and basil, chopped pistachios, and grated Parmesan.

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