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A white bowl of homemade cream of pistacho soup with a fresh herb garnish and a spoon to the right, with a sprig of flat-leaf parsley and scattered on nuts on a brown wood surface.

Cream of Pistachio Soup

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Keep warm with a bowl of homemade cream of pistachio soup. Nutty, creamy, and savory, this recipe is the epitome of cozy.


  • 1 1/4 cups shelled, roasted unsalted pistachios, divided
  • 1 medium shallot, diced (about ¼ cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 cup half and half
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Remove pistachio skins and set aside.  
  2. Place a large pot over medium heat, and add oil. Once oil is hot, reduce heat to low and add the diced shallot and celery. Cook for 8 minutes, or until vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until fragrant.
  3. Add the sherry, 1 cup pistachios, broth, rice, and 2 tablespoons parsley to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
  4. Add the half and half and stir over medium-low heat until hot, about 5 minutes
  5. Using a countertop or immersion blender, blend until smooth.
  6. For a smooth consistency, pour through a wire mesh strainer and discard any large pieces. Return to the pot. If soup has cooled, reheat on the stove over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Chop the remaining pistachios. Pour soup into individual bowls and garnish with chopped pistachios and parsley. Enjoy immediately. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.  
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: pistachio, soup, lunch, vegetarian