Pistachio Ice Cream


If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! Recipe on

These are pretty much my exact thoughts when I work from home on Friday’s and go to Starbucks before I fire up my computer at home. Precisely why I’m late to sign on 90% of the time. I mean, I totally love that everyone in Starbucks are kindred spirits because we all have the same caffeine obsession but #17 totally needs to happen and #36 always kills me. You never want to piss off anyone in line behind you at Starbucks because we all haven’t had our coffee yet (which is the exact reason why we’re even standing in line at a Starbucks) so we’re all pretty much monsters. Or maybe that’s just what I am before I have my coffee :)

If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! Recipe on

If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! Recipe on

SO, truth be told, I’ve never had pistachio ice cream until I made this homemade version. Yeah, I know, sacrilege, right? I mean, ok..I never really wanted to try it when we went to gelato/ice cream places because there were just other flavors that were much more appealing to me than pistachio, and honestly, the green kind of turned me off (I know, I’m picky). It’s actually my favorite nut (I’ve got expensive taste, apparently, lol) but I just thought it’d taste weird and I’d waste money so I would always go for other flavors. Um yeah, I’ve been MISSING OUT.

Don’t pull a me and miss out on an awesome ice cream flavor. You should make this at home ASAP! I LOVED the hit of pistachio flavor from the pistachio paste you make in the beginning and the subtle almond flavor just compliments it so well. The chocolate pieces rounded out the flavors of this ice cream and gave some nice added sweetness. I’m still dreaming of this ice cream and wish we had more in our freezer. It’s sooo creamy and the perfect dessert for any day of the week.

If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! Recipe on

Pistachio Ice Cream
Prep Time
1 d
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 d 15 mins

If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! 

Servings: 1
For the pistachio paste
  • 3/4 cup unsalted Diamond of California pistachios, shelled
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
For the ice cream custard base
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract, optional
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process pistachio nuts until finely crushed. Drizzle in the heavy cream through the feed tube. The mixture will be paste-like. Set aside.
  2. Heat the half and half and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until pale yellow and thick, about 5 minutes. Temper the egg yolks by splashing in a very small amount of the warm half and half mixture while whisking constantly. Slowly pour the tempered egg yolks into the saucepan with the half and half and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the heavy cream into a large bowl then pour in the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the almond extract (if using) then whisk in the pistachio paste until evenly dispersed and there are no clumps remaining. Cover the bowl and let chill for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Once chilled, pour the mixture into the bowl of the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add in the dark chocolate and churn until evenly dispersed throughout the ice cream.
  5. Scoop ice cream out into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight.

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Posted on April 09, 2014

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  1. 04/09/2014 at 6:41 am

    Love pistachio in desserts… your ice cream looks so tempting!

  2. 04/09/2014 at 6:43 am

    Oh, girl…I love pistachio gelato and ice cream! Making a pistachio paste is the way to go to infuse all that good flavor. Gorgeous photos, as always! Pinning (of course)! xo

  3. 04/09/2014 at 7:27 am

    Gah!! I wish we lived closer so I could sneak over and try some lol. We need to work on that ;)

  4. 04/09/2014 at 7:31 am

    That looks/sounds amazing!

  5. 04/09/2014 at 8:47 am

    Omg, I’m so hungry now. Pistachio is my all-time favorite ice cream! It looks amazing.

    I’ve had to cut myself off from Starbucks recently. I was going before every one of my kids’ soccer practices and that got expensive fast!

  6. 04/09/2014 at 8:55 am

    This is cream is too good to be true!! Love pistachios and this pretty color!

  7. 04/09/2014 at 8:58 am

    I want a big scoop!

  8. 04/09/2014 at 8:59 am

    Gorgeous, lady! Pinned to my Frozen Treats board. ;)

  9. 04/09/2014 at 9:06 am

    Julie!! This is fabulous. I need to break out my ice cream maker….today. It’s going to be almost 100 degrees this week in AZ, so I definitely think it’s time! Yay for ice cream season!

    • Julie
      04/09/2014 at 9:09 am

      Omg, 100 degrees in April?! I’m nervous for when I come there in JUNE!!!

  10. 04/09/2014 at 9:10 am

    Love pistachios and this ice cream would be fabulous!

  11. 04/09/2014 at 9:13 am

    Seven scoops please! OK? OK.
    PS. Pistachios are amazing. Yay for having good taste, haha

  12. 04/09/2014 at 9:21 am

    Everything about that Starbucks thing is so true!!!

    And yum! Pistachio is my go to ice cream from the place we go to in the summer. yay BOYO ice cream nights!

  13. I love love love homemade pistachio ice cream. Yours look amazing!!

  14. 04/09/2014 at 9:42 am

    Can I give you a round of high-fives? Dang girl, this looks amazing!

  15. 04/09/2014 at 9:44 am

    I LOVE pistachio Ice Cream!!! this recipe is gorgeous with that pale creamy green color!

  16. 04/09/2014 at 9:59 am

    We’re ice cream twins today :) LOVE pistachio ice cream. My dad was obsessed with it so it was the one flavor we always had in our house.

  17. 04/09/2014 at 10:21 am

    I wish I knew the perfect time to go to Starbucks. There is always a line up. And why is the lady ordering, suddenly decided she was a yogurt and now have to go back to pick one, when she just spent 10 minutes looking at them in line? I guess there is no answer to this one but that does happen a lot :) #10 is funny because when I park my car at Starbucks I could see all the people parking at the same time as me, rushing to the door. It’s hilarious. Back to your ice cream it does look incredible. Now I am craving ice cream and Starbucks, but do I want to go back in line.

  18. 04/09/2014 at 10:24 am

    i am a sucker for anything pistachios and this icecream is clearly calling my name. I love Sprinkles pistachios icecream..

  19. 04/09/2014 at 11:07 am

    Mmmmmm! This ice cream is soooooo FUN!!

  20. 04/09/2014 at 11:12 am

    Im a huge fan of pistachios and pistachio ice cream, but I actually always pick the chunks of nuts out. Im so weird. But love this! Definitely trying this soon!

  21. 04/09/2014 at 11:12 am

    Gah! I need to get an ice cream maker ASAP because pistachio gelato is my faaaavorite! I’ve never had the ice cream version, but your’s looks amazing :)

  22. 04/09/2014 at 11:19 am

    Pistachio ice cream is my favorite!!

  23. 04/09/2014 at 11:21 am

    Oh how I wish I have an ic cream maker! Pistachios and pecans are my absolute favorites!

  24. 04/09/2014 at 11:48 am

    Hello delicious!

  25. 04/09/2014 at 11:50 am

    I love the colour of this ice cream, pistachio is one of my favourites. I usually have it with raspberry sorbet

  26. 04/09/2014 at 3:53 pm

    Pistachios and chocolate sound amazing together, after reading this I realize I need to buy an ice cream maker, asap!

  27. 04/09/2014 at 4:06 pm

    Need to have this!! Pistachio is hands down my most favorite kind of ice cream. Love the chocolate addition!

  28. 04/09/2014 at 6:45 pm

    This looks amazing. I love pistachio ice cream!

  29. 04/09/2014 at 9:09 pm

    Uh, wow. No words. Pistachio anything, sign me UP. I’m glad this doesn’t require an ice cream machine or something!

    • Julie
      04/10/2014 at 11:25 am

      It does require an ice cream machine, Kate!

  30. 04/09/2014 at 10:21 pm

    These ice cream sound fantastic! Love pistachios!

  31. 04/09/2014 at 11:43 pm

    Gooood lawd Julie this looks amazing!

  32. 04/10/2014 at 12:18 am

    I’ve been wondering what to do with all the pistachios I have…Now I just need to get my hands on an ice cream maker!

  33. 04/10/2014 at 12:35 am

    As I was reading this I was thinking ‘this would be good with chocolate added’ and then I saw that you had indeed added chocolate. You definitely have been missing out on this fabulous flavour of ice cream (it’s one of the most popular flavours over here in Southern Europe which is the only reason I’ve tried it) Now you obviously have to make a lot more of this to make up for all the wasted years!

  34. 04/10/2014 at 4:02 pm

    Wow — real pistachio ice cream with actual REAL pistachios, not bright green food coloring and fake flavoring! The dark chocolate was a stroke of genius!

  35. 04/10/2014 at 4:16 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous ice cream, love the pretty green from the pistachios!

  36. 04/11/2014 at 1:02 am

    I love pistachio ice cream!!

  37. 04/11/2014 at 7:49 am

    ohhh lawd..I have never had pistachio ice cream….looks and sounds amazing!

  38. 04/11/2014 at 11:23 am

    This looks crazy good and creamy! Need!

  39. 04/11/2014 at 11:52 pm

    Yum! I love pistachio ice cream. This one looks beautiful. Pinned!

  40. 04/12/2014 at 11:47 am

    This recipe is frozen happiness at it’s best!

  41. carol
    04/12/2014 at 4:46 pm

    recently bought the ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchen Aid and it is awsome! i will be making this recipe a.s.a.p. thanks!!!

    • Julie
      04/14/2014 at 10:36 am

      You’ll love the attachment and all the ice cream you’ll make with it! Enjoy :)

  42. 04/13/2014 at 9:36 pm

    I feel like #8 is every day for me. Caffeine addictions are the worst!

    And this ice cream looks so good! I love pistachio. :-)

  43. 04/16/2014 at 9:01 pm

    Er my gosh this is amazing!!!

  44. Elma
    04/23/2014 at 1:31 pm

    Hello dear! I am totally in love with your posts. Gorgeous and delicious recipes!

  45. 05/03/2014 at 6:39 pm

    Pistachio Ice Cream has always been my go to. I recently bought a Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment and have a long list of ice creams to make. This one may have to be moved up to the top of the list.

  46. Lisa
    03/16/2016 at 7:06 pm

    Made this for a dinner party, it was a huge hit. Super delicious, can’t wait to make it again! Thanks for posting.

  47. Julia Kruz
    07/27/2017 at 7:42 am

    This pistachio ice cream so yummy and interesting. But very sweet for me! Anyway i definitely try to cook it for my family, thx for sharing!

    • Julie
      07/27/2017 at 1:23 pm

      Hi, wondering if you have made it before and that’s why you said it’s very sweet for you? Or you’re just saying that by looking at the ingredients? Thanks!

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