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A tub of pistachio gelato with three scoops on top.
Pistachio Gelato Recipe Of Your Dreams
Prep Time
20 mins
freeze for
4 hrs

My homemade pistachio gelato recipe is made with REAL pistachios for that perfect deep flavor along with being incredibly smooth & creamy!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 pints
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) toasted pistachio (shelled)
  • cups (5oz/142g) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups (16floz/480ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup (8floz/240ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar
  1. Blend the pistachios in a food processor until smooth and a little oily.

  2. Add the powdered sugar and salt and process until combined.

  3. While the processor is still running, drizzle in the olive oil until blended, and then set the pistachio paste aside while you make the gelato base.

  4. Place a large mixing bowl with a sieve set over the bowl near the stove.

  5. Warm the milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering.

  6. Whisk the eggs and the sugar together in a medium mixing bowl.

  7. When the milk mixture is simmering, pour one ladleful at a time into the eggs, whisking constantly.

  8. Return the milk mixture to the pot, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

  9. Immediately pour the mixture through the sieve into the bowl and discard any solids.

  10. Whisk the pistachio paste in tablespoon by tablespoon into the warm custard until you get the nut flavor you like. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours.

  11. Churn according to the directions for your ice cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. Store in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.