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Mediterranean Pasta with California Pistachios

Mediterranean Pasta with California PistachiosAn elegant meatless pasta entrée boasting a white wine sauce embellished with sun-dried tomatoes, copious amounts of garlic, Italian herbs, fresh Parmesan cheese and crunchy pistachios. Serve as a light main dish or as a side dish to a main entrée.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups onion, cut into narrow wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil (can use oil drained from tomatoes)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 cup natural California pistachios
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
1 tablespoon dry basil
1 tablespoon dry oregano
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley (optional)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces angel hair pasta (capellini), broken up

Cooking Directions:

  1. In 12-inch skillet, sauté onions in oil for 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Stir flour into onions and garlic; add wine and cook, stirring until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Add pistachios, tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley to pan and heat through. Keep warm.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water 3 to 5 minutes or just until tender (note package directions). Drain.
  3. Combine pasta and sauce; sprinkle with cheese and toss lightly. Offer additional cheese as garnish, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.