1 Ingredient Pistachio Paste

Quick, easy and requires only one ingredient! Here’s the right way to make pistachio paste at home.

pistachio paste

About This Recipe

Pistachio paste is a smooth and creamy spread made from ground pistachio nuts. It has a rich, nutty flavor and can be used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

This is a recipe for pistachio paste, not pistachio spread. What this means that this is going to be an unsweetened paste rather than a spread that can be used on toast.

Pistachio paste is usually used to flavor other desserts, this is the reason it’s unsweetened. I recently used it in my white chocolate raspberry pistachio cake, and boy does it give the frosting the most intense and creamy pistachio flavor!

That being said, you could definitely add powdered sugar to sweeten the paste if you’d like.

It’s made with only one ingredient, you guessed it, pistachios! In fact you don’t need pre-roasted pistachios because I’ll show you how to roast at home in less than 10 minutes!

Looking to make more healthy homemade recipes? Check out my Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread recipe that’s made with roasted hazelnuts and is as easy to make as this homemade pistachio paste!

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Pistachios: You’ll need to remove the shells of all of the pistachios, or you could buy shelled pistachios to begin with. Mine were not roasted, so I roasted them myself in the oven, you’ll see how in the written recipe below, but you could also but shelled and roasted pistachios. Just make sure they’re not salted!

How To Make Pistachio Paste

Step 1: Remove the shells from the pistachios and then spread them on a baking tray. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes. Make sure to give them a mix at the halfway mark.

Step 2: Let the pistachios cool down slightly, then transfer them onto a large kitchen towel. Cover and rub the pistachios in the towel to remove the skin. You can also use your fingers to get rid of as much skin as possible.

Step 3: Blend the roasted pistachios in a food processor or a strong blender on high speed until it turns into a super smooth paste. Transfer the pistachio paste into an air-tight jar and you can now use it in any of your desserts!

How To Store The Homemade Pistachio Paste

Store the pistachio paste in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

To freeze pistachio paste, portion it out into small freezer-safe containers or sealable bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing to prevent freezer burn. Label the containers with the date and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

Pro Tips

  • Start with high-quality pistachios – using fresh, high-quality pistachios will result in a better tasting paste.
  • Don’t skip roasting the pistachios – roasting the pistachios enhance it’s flavor.
  • Add a bit of oil – if your blender isn’t easily making a smooth pistachio pistachio, you could add about 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil.
  • Sweeten to taste – depending on your preference, you can add a sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or sugar to the pistachio paste.
  • Store properly – store the pistachio paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for longer.
  • Use in various recipes – pistachio paste can be used in a variety of recipes, such as in baked goods, ice cream, or as a spread on toast. Experiment with different ways to enjoy your homemade pistachio paste.

FAQ’s

What are some ways to use pistachio paste?

Pistachio paste can be used as a spread on toast, in baked goods like cookies and cakes, in homemade ice cream or gelato, as a filling for chocolates, or as a flavoring for sauces and dressings. Keep in mind that this recipe makes unsweetened pistachio paste and for some of these uses it’s better to have sweetened pistachio paste, so you can either add a sweetener such as powdered sugar or honey to the entire batch of pistachio paste, or sweeten just a small amount.

Is pistachio paste healthy?

Pistachio paste is a source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. However, it is also high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.

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1 Ingredient Pistachio Paste

Quick, easy and requires only one ingredient! Here’s the right way to make pistachio paste at home.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 200g pistachios, shelled

Equipment/Utensils

  • Small baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Large kitchen towel
  • Food processor/Strong blender
  • Spatula
  • Air-tight container

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the shelled pistachios onto the prepared baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes until the pistachio are slightly golden and fragrant. Make sure to give them a stir at the halfway mark (after about 5 min).
  3. Once roasted let the pistachios cool down slightly, about 2-3 minutes, then transfer them onto a large kitchen towel. Cover and rub the pistachios in the towel to remove the skin. Then use your fingers to get rid of any skin that’s still on the pistachios. Remove as much of the skin as you can.
  4. Separate the pistachios from the skin.
  5. Blend the skinned and roasted pistachios in a food processor or strong blender on high speed until it forms a super smooth paste. The time it will take to become a smooth paste will depend on how strong your blender is. Make sure to stop in between and give your blender a break if it is getting too hot!
  6. Transfer the pistachio paste into an air-tight container store in the refrigerator. You can now use it in whatever desserts you’d like. Enjoy!

Nutrition (for the entire yield)

Calories: 1120kcal

Total Fat: 90.64g

Carbs: 54.34g

Sugars: 15.32g

Protein: 40.32g

Sodium: 2mg

Fiber: 21.2g

** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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