Cranberry Pistachio Pasta

Recipes For Festive Holiday Side Dishes

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This tasty pasta dish adds cranberries and a bit of crunch to your Christmas dinner.  The red cranberries and lightly green pistachios give this dish all the color of Christmas. Add it to your buffet and see just how fast it goes! It'll work well for Thanksgiving meals, too.


  • 1 1/3 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 shallots, chopped fine
  • 1 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Cook the orzo according to the directions on the package and drain well. Place the oil and butter into a skillet placed over medium heat. When the butter has completely melted, stir in the shallots. Saute the shallots for 1 minute. Stir the pistachios into the mixture. Saute for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in the cranberries, cream, and chicken broth. Cook 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir the orzo into the mixture well. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook 5 minutes, or until the orzo is heated through. Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time:  approximately 15 minutes
Cooking Time:  approximately 8 minutes
Total Time:  approximately 23 minutes

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