Whole Grain Spaghetti with Almond/Pistachio/Arugula Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes

by | May 17, 2019 | Recipe Archive, Recipes

Another great healthy recipe idea from our friends at the American Culinary Federation. Eat smart, live healthy!



3 lbs. Barilla® whole-grain spaghetti
12 oz. arugula
¾ cup almonds
¾ cup pistachios
3 garlic cloves
1½ cups + 2 T. olive oil
¾ cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper, as needed
1½ cups diced heirloom tomatoes
15 fresh basil leaves, julienned


1. Cook pasta for half time indicated on package. Drain; drizzle with olive oil. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans; cool in blast chiller or walk-in cooler. Store in zip-close bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate (use within several hours).

2. In blender in batches, combine arugula, almonds, pistachios and garlic. With blender on, slowly drizzle in 1½ cups olive oil; add Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

3. In bowl, season tomatoes with basil, 2 T. olive oil, salt and pepper.

4. Per serving: Reheat ¼ cup pesto and 1 cup spaghetti with a little pasta water, if needed. Toss with 1 T. tomatoes. Garnish with additional Parmesan and basil, if desired.


25 servings

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation and Credit: Lorenzo Boni, Executive Chef, Barilla America
The National Culinary Review, March 2015