Pasta With Asparagus And Pistachios

4 servings.

1 cup Asparagus tips and pieces cut into 1-inch slices
8 ounces Spaghetti
3 tablespoons Olive oil, divided
1/4 cup Chopped green onion
1 teaspoon Minced shallot
1 teaspoon Minced garlic
1/2 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios
1/4 cup Chopped parsley
2 tablespoons Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Lemon juice


Bring a small pan of water to the boil, add the asparagus and time for 1 minute. Rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
Cook the spaghetti according to package directions, adding 1 tablespoon olive oil to the cooking water.
In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and slowly sauté the green onions, shallots and garlic until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the asparagus, stir and cook two minutes.
Drain the spaghetti and add to the pan. Stir in the pistachios, parsley, parmesan and lemon juice.

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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!