Le Grand Courtâge Lemon Pistachio Pesto Pasta
1 lb pasta (any shape will do!)
About 3 cups fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
½ cup shelled pistachios
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
¼ tsp ground black pepper, plus more to taste
¾ to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place the basil leaves, garlic, pistachios, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into a blender or food processor and pulse until chopped. Drizzle in olive oil while the machine is on low. When incorporated, stop and taste, add more salt and pepper as necessary.
*The key to really delicious pesto is to blend it on low. If you go too high on your machine, you may bruise the basil and it can come out bitter.
Toss the pesto and your cooked pasta and garnish with some lemon skin.
Pair with Blanc de Blancs Brut