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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

If you've never had pistachio ice cream before, you must give it a try! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Julie Chiou
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For the pistachio paste

  • ¾ cup (92 g) unsalted pistachios, shelled
  • 6 tablespoon (89 ml) heavy cream

For the ice cream custard base

  • 1 ½ cups (355 ml) half and half
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups (355 ml) heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • ¾ cup (131 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scoop ice cream out into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight.


Serving: 0.25 of recipe | Calories: 885 kcal | Carbohydrates: 64 g | Protein: 13 g | Fat: 68 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 55 g

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Course: Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade ice cream

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Recipe Rating


Monday 28th of June 2021

I’ve tried this 3 times but the eggs keep curdling. What could I be doing wrong? I feel like I’ve followed it to the T.

Julie Chiou

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

your half and half mixture is too warm - are you tempering it prior to adding it to the half and half mixture? if you temper it gently, the eggs shouldn't curdle as tempering helps that.


Wednesday 27th of May 2020

I just made this, but subbed more chopped pistachios instead of dark chocolate, and it is DIVINE! It was my first time making ice cream and I'm so glad I chose this recipe! Tastes absolutely amazing!

Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

This pistachio ice cream is so Instagrammable and adorable! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx for sharing!

Julia Kruz

Thursday 27th of July 2017

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!


Thursday 27th of July 2017

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!


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

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