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Homemade Pistachio Paste

18/11/2016 | By

Pistachio paste is utterly heavenly – and so are the prices of the commercial stuff. Make it yourself at home with the Magimix Cook Expert! (Traditional cooking method included, too.)

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Pistachio paste is a deliciously addictive, but pricey, gourmet specialty that I first discovered in Italy. It is used by pastry chefs to flavour pastries, custards, buttercream icing, macaroons and ice creams – although I ate most of the one, horribly expensive, jar I bought with a spoon.

Up until recently it hadn’t occurred to me to try and make it myself and, in fact, I had always assumed it to be one of those ingredients that really can’t be replicated at home. Wrong.

I was recently looking at the haul of nuts I brought back from Italy and trying to work out how to make the most of this premium seasonal Italian produce. My shiny Magimix Cook Expert caught my eye and it wasn’t long before I had done some quick research and come up with my version of the Pierre Hermés recipe for pistachio paste.

pistachio Paste

It’s simple to make and I’ve provided traditional methods for those who don’t have the Cook Expert, but you will need a good food processor. Surprisingly, the colour of the paste I made was not so muddy as some others I saw online, retaining much of that wonderful green of the nuts. It also retains that distinctively divine flavour, as I discovered when I dived into it with a spoon. (Old habits die hard, I guess.)

Your pistachio paste will need to be stored in the refrigerator, or it may go rancid, but I’ll be making some pistachio ice cream with what is left of mine well before that can happen. I’ve also whipped up a batch of orange and pistachio cookies and will sharing that recipe, so stay tuned.

pistachio Paste
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5 from 1 vote

Pistachio Paste

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Amanda McInerney of www.lambsearsandhoney.com


  • 125 gm raw pistachios
  • 30 gm almond flakes
  • 60 gm sugar
  • 20 ml water
  • 40-50 ml rice bran oil or other bland oil


  • Place pistachios in the Magimix Cook Expert, set speed to 1A, temperature 100C and toast for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Place the water and sugar into Cook Expert bowl, temperature 120C, speed 2A for 4 minutes.
  • Quickly add cooled nuts and mix on speed 2A briefly until they are all coated. Spread nuts on a tray to cool slightly.
  • Attach the food processor bowl, add pistachios and almonds and pulse until you have a course mixture.
  • Add the oil and process for 5-10 minutes until the paste is of the desired consistency, adding a little more oil through the top if necessary.
  • Preheat oven to 170C (340F).
  • Spread the pistachios out on a tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, taking care no t to burn them. Allow to cool.
  • Cook sugar and water in saucepan over medium head, until it reaches 120C - check using a candy thermometer.
  • Quickly pour over the pistachios and mix to coat. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Proceed as above with food processor.
  • Store in a jar in the refrigerator.


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  1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas

    5 stars
    Brilliant Amanda. I brought some paste back from France once, and love the stuff but like you didn’t think you could make it at home. Do you think the Thermomix would do a similar job to the Magimix?

  2. Jacqui

    Brilliant! 🙂

  3. Amanda

    I can’t see why not, Tania!

  4. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Ahhh, woman after my own heart spoon-feeding oneself with a spoon straight from the jar! Love it!! I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted this delightful mixture…. but my tastebuds sure can imagine how it’d go. Have to say I got sidetracked & wandered off to read your review Magimix Cook Expert – these gadgets are getting interesting.

  5. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella

    This is such delicious stuff. I just picked up a bottle yesterday and almost bought it but this is a sign that I should buy it!

  6. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)

    THANK YOU for posting this recipe – I often want to use pistachio paste in my French recipes but the price puts me off.. I’m definitely going to give this a go over the holidays!

  7. Lizzy

    Beautiful! I can taste the pistachio gelato already!

  8. Tania/ My Kitchen Stories

    Oh wow I hadn’t really thought about it but yes oh yes pistachio paste is a treat. We have bronte pistachio paste at work. 100%pure and worth its weight in gold. Digging your spoon into it is like heaven on earth. It leaves your teeth green and… I wont go on. What a great recipe Amanda

  9. Cookie1

    Thanks for the recipe Amanda. I’m going to give it a go in the thermomix and then hopefully pop it into some chocolates.

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