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Pistachio-Tarragon Pesto Bowties with Peas and Potatoes

Pistachio-Tarragon Pesto Bowties with Peas and Potatoes


  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 pound bowtie pasta

  • 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves

  • 1/3 cup shelled natural pistachios (a generous handful)

  • 1/4-1/3 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth

  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (a couple generous handfuls)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes, then stir in the peas for 1 minute and drain, reserving 1 ladleful of the pasta cooking water.

While the pasta is working, using a food processor, combine the basil, tarragon, pistachios, vegetable broth, garlic and lemon peel; season with salt and pepper. Process, pouring in the EVOO in a steady drizzle, until coarsely pureed. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the reserved pasta cooking water. Add the pasta, potato and peas and toss vigorously for 1 minute to coat the pasta. Top with the cheese and toss well.