Savory Pistachio Pasta

8 appetizer servings.

2 cloves Garlic, minced
½ cup Sliced green onion
¼ cup Butter or margarine
1 cup Sliced mushrooms
2 Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
½ cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Minced parsley
¼ teaspoon each Oregano and thyme, crushed
1/8 teaspoon each Salt and pepper
6 ounces Medium noodles, cooked and drained


Sauté garlic and green onion in butter until onion is tender. Stir in mushrooms, tomatoes, pistachios, parsley, and seasonings. Cook only long enough to thoroughly heat vegetables. Pour vegetables over cooked noodles; toss to coat.

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fun facts

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!