Pistachio-Tarragon Pesto Bowties with Peas and Potatoes

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Pistachio-Tarragon Pesto Bowties with Peas and Potatoes
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  • 4Servings


  • 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, potatoes and peas and toss vigorously for 1 minute to coat the pasta. Top with the cheese and toss well.