Penne Pasta With Monkfish And Pistachio Fresh Tomato Sauce

4 servings.

1 cup In-shell American pistachios
2 pounds Tomatoes
Bay leaf
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 cup Pitted ripe olives, cut into wedges
12 ounces Penne pasta
3 quarts Boiling salted water
1 pound Monkfish or other firm white fish filets
Olive Oil
Salt and pepper


Shell pistachios (to get 1/2 cup) and chop coarsely. Toast in a pan, stirring until they start to give a fragrant aroma. Drop tomatoes into boiling water, and when skins split, drain and run under cold water. Pull off skins, discard seeds and chop tomatoes coarsely. Sauté shallots in tablespoon oil for 1 minute. Add olives, pistachios and salt and pepper to Sauté fish in oiled skillet for a few minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Serve fish and pasta with sauce spooned over.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!