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Pasta with Fried Garlic & Toasted Nuts (“Pistachio Pasta”) : A Cookalong Original

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Tender pasta, toasty nuts, crispy garlic bits, sage, and plenty of freshly grated parmesan. The favorite dish of everyone in my household. Completely customizable!

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • Prep: 8 minutes
    Cooking: 12 minutes
    Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound dried pasta of your choice (I use Rotini or Penne)
    1/4 cup butter or olive oil
    1/2 cup nuts of your choice (I recommend pistachios! Or toasted almonds)
    4 large cloves fresh garlic
    1 tsp dried herb of your choice (sage, oregano, thyme, or...?)
    Freshly grated parmesan cheese. Lots.

Number of Servings

  • 2-4 (depending on how much pasta you cook)


  • Small frying/saute pan
    Large frying/saute pan
    Sharp chopping knife
    Optional: Nut chopper


  • Prep any side dish you want with the pasta (Green salad?)

Additional Notes

The pasta-cooking method I describe is ONLY for DRIED, UNFILLED pasta. Don’t try it on frozen, refrigerated, or filled pastas (like ravioli or tortellini). Cook those according to package directions.

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