Gragnano Big Spaghetti, American Pistachios Pesto and Red Shrimps of Porto Santo Spirito Marinated with Lime

Serves 4

2 ½ cups Americans pistachios, whole and unroasted
½ cup unroasted pine nuts
extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
8 prawns of Porto Santo Spirito
2 limes (juiced and zested)
Sichuan pepper
0.70 ounces of Gragnano big spaghetti


Toast pistachios and pine nuts in a pan, until they are well colored. Put them in a blender with a little oil and salt to taste; blend the mixture.

Clean the prawns, removing the heads and the central filament; in a bowl, marinate them with oil, the zest and lime juice, and Sichuan pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling, salted water to al dente. Transfer the spaghetti and some of the cooking water to a saucepan. Add the pistachio mix. Finish the cooking until creamy. Serve with red shrimps marinated in lime and Sichuan pepper.

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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!