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Dinner Tonight: Pistachio Asparagus Pesto on Linguine

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

It's kind of liberating to find out that all pestos don't have to include basil. Instead of that herb, this recipe from Closet Cooking uses asparagus, along with a little spinach. It's all based on a recipe from Simply Recipes, but it takes one step beyond, adding another element that comes close to getting away from pesto entirely and flirting with a blended raw sauce. But it looks so frightening like pesto that's it's impossible to call it anything else.

This pesto may look similar, but it swaps the pine nuts for pistachios, and stays green thanks to a handful of spinach. It's not as herbaceous as the traditional version, but it's creamier and more delicate. It also latches onto the noodles more effectively. It certainly doesn't replace the more traditional kind, but with asparagus just beginning to pop up, it's a great way to start the season.

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