Fettucce Cream Cheese Pasta Brontese

With this recipe, I have taken the simple cream cheese pasta and transformed into an elegant, creamy, unique pasta dish that packs a ton of flavour. It’s like marrying cream cheese pasta to pasta with pesto di Bronte.

What to expect: a plate of fettucce that looks very creamy but once you take a bite you’ll be greeted by a salty, sweet and fresh flavour combination that’s just divine.

Ready to dig in? Wait, we have to make it first :).


Bronte pistachios


Bronte Pistachio: Why is it so famous?

Pistacchio di Bronte is an exceptionally delicious bright green variety of pistachio that comes from Bronte.

What is Bronte or better where is it?

Bronte is a town on the island of Sicily, located in the south, in the province of Catania. The town is located 16km away from the mount of Etna and it’s mainly known for its pistachios that grow on nearly 7500 hectares of the land.

If you are planning a holiday to Sicily, you should put Bronte on your map as it’s not only delicious but also charming.

As you can imagine, this area is famous for making a multitude of delicacies using this green gem in a shell.

Here is a list of delicious sweet treats with pistachios:

  1. Cannoli with Bronte Pistachio
  2. Pistachio Ice Cream
  3. Pistachio Almond Biscuits (called paste di mandorla)
  4. Fresh pistachio cakes
  5. Pistachio Panettone and Colomba, when in season
  6. Pistachio chocolates
  7. Pistachio paste
  8. Pistacchio croissants
  9. Pistachio and nutella pizza


What about Savoury Recipes featuring this green nut?

These are the 5 savoury foods you should put on your list when visiting this Sicilian town.

  1. Arancini with pistacchio di Bronte
  2. Pizza bianca with pistachios
  3. Pistachio Pasta alla brontese (similar to the one we are making but not identical)
  4. Beef or veal rolls with the ground nut
  5. Panino with mortadella and pistachios


adding blitzed pistachios to onions and bacon


How to make Cream Cheese Pasta like a Sicilian

You’ll quickly realize that we are going to elevate the usual cream cheese pasta to one that’s full of interesting flavours with just the addition of these 2 main ingredients:

  1. Pistachios and
  2. Bacon

A high quality extra virgin olive oil like Belmorso EVOO is also a must to bring out the pistachios flavour.

Below you’ll find the full recipe. Feel free to print it out or follow it on your screen.

To make a true Sicilian-style artisan cream cheese pasta we suggest using a high quality fettucce pasta and our gourmet Italian extra virgin olive oil.

cream cheese pasta with fettucce

Fettucce Cream Cheese Pasta Brontese

This fettucce pasta is very creamy with a salty, sweet and fresh flavour profile that's just perfect.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 850 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 pan
  • 1 pot
  • 1 blender like Nutribullet


  • 250 gr Artisan Fettucce Pasta
  • 1 onion medium
  • 50 gr cubed bacon
  • 40 gr shelled pistachios
  • Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 100 gr cream cheese like Philadelphia original


  • Prepare the ingredients for this recipe.
    ingredients for cream cheese pasta
  • Peel and cut the onion into small cubes
    preparing onions for cream cheese pasta
  • Transfer to a pan, add a generous drizzle of Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sauté.
    drizzling Belmorso extra virgin olive oil on onions
  • Boil the water for your pasta with plenty of water and salt.
  • After a couple minutes, add the bacon to sauté along with the onion.
    sauteing onions and bacon
  • Add the fettucce to boil.
    cooking fettucce pasta
  • In the meantime, blitz your pistachios in a blender until you get a powdery consistency. You can also opt for a coarser consistency if you prefer a lot of crunch.
    blitzing pistachios
  • Add the ground pistachios to the pan with the onions and bacon, along with 8 tablespoons of pasta cooking water. Mix well and leave to cook at low heat for 2 more minutes.
    adding blitzed pistachios to onions and bacon
  • Drain the pasta and save some more cooking water, about half a glass.
    drained fettucce pasta
  • Transfer the pasta to the same pot and add the onions, bacon and pistachios paste. Mix well.
    adding Bronte paste to fettucce
  • Then add the cream cheese, about 3 large tablespoons, and fold it in with the pasta and the rest of the ingredients. Add more pasta water as needed. Continue mixing for 2 to 3 minutes so that the cream cheese heats up and melts fully.
    adding Philadelphia cream cheese to make cream cheese pasta
  • Take the pot off the heat, and serve the cream cheese pasta in your plates.
    tasting cream cheese pasta



Make sure to serve the pasta quickly and enjoy it right after. This kind of pasta tends to get sticky and dry pretty quickly.
Keyword bacon, creamy, philadelphia, pistachios



Other Cream Cheese Pasta Recipes You Should Try

If you want to make different types of creamy and cheesy pastas, here are 3 Italian pasta recipes I suggest:

  1. Mascarpone Sausage Pasta Bake
  2. Tomato ricotta pasta
  3. Vegan creamy tomato pasta sauce


enjoy your creamy tomato pasta sausage pasta bake


Pistachio Benefits for Brain

Pistachios are not only delicious to make this pasta dish with but they are also a great snack to add to your diet.

A study carried at Loma Lynda University found that eating high quality nuts regularly, including pistachios, can help boost brain power and concentration. Plus, pistachios are rich in fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants so they make a nice healthy snack that is also nutritious and beneficial to one’s health.

If you prefer, you can add them to your diet by topping your meals with ground pistachios, just the same as you would with grated parmesan or any other cheese. They can add flavour and also a nice crunch to many dishes.


pistachio croissant from Bronte



More Pistachio Paste or Nuts Recipe Ideas from Sicily

If you have a jar of pistachio paste or a pack of nuts lying around in your pantry, here are more ideas of recipes you can try inspired by Sicily and Italian food culture.

  1. Pistachio Tiramisu
  2. A white lasagna with pistachios. You can use our ragu bianco sauce and simply add a layer of ground pistachios; you can alternatively mix the paste with your bechamel sauce.
  3. Pistachio pesto and prawns spaghetti
  4. Cherry tomatoes and ground pistachios rigatoni
  5. Pistachio Plumcake
  6. Pistachio Ice Cream Cake
  7. Pistachio crusted swordfish or salmon
  8. Lamb covered with these ground green nuts



Questions about Cream Cheese Pasta, Pistachios & Bronte


Where pistachios come from?

Pistachios seem to originate in Iran but one of the most delicious variety, which has a POD that is a Protected Designation of Origin, comes from Bronte in the south of Sicily.

What goes well with pistachios?

Because of their saltiness, pistachios marry well with anything sweet, from vanilla to honey. Pistachios are incredibly delicious when paired with chocolate, bacon, lamb, swordfish, prawns, pasta, cheese, tomatoes, and both sweet and salty dough or bread.

What does Bronte mean?

Bronte means thunder in Greek. If you are wondering whether the town of Bronte has anything to do with thunders or Greek mithology, it does. Bronte was also the name of a Cyclop who lived in a cave on the mount of Etna. He was the son of Uranus, the sky God.

Fettuccine vs tagliatelle?

Whether they are dry or fresh, fettuccine and tagliatelle are made the same way, using the same ingredients. The difference lies in their shape and thickness. Fettuccine are thicker but less wide, about 0.6 cm wide. Tagliatelle, on the other hand, are thinner but wider, about 0.8 cm wide.

How much fettuccine for 2?

250 gr of fettuccine should be plenty for two if you'd like a balanced portion of pasta. If you are feeling extra hungry, you can cook 300 gr. Always remember to cook more if you are using fresh pasta, as the latter weighs more than dry pasta.

How much fettuccine for 1?

Depending on how hungry you are, we suggest cooking between 100 to 150 gr of fettuccine for one. Always remember to cook more if you are using fresh pasta, as the latter weighs more than dry pasta.

How to make pistachio pesto?

All you need to make pistachio pesto is fresh pistachio nuts, preferably Bronte pistachios, and a high quality extra virgin olive oil like Belmorso. For a thick pesto you can start with 1:0.5 ratio of pistachios and extra virgin olive oil. Keep adding more EVOO, a tablespoon at a time, to reach your preferred consistency.


Author: Alessia


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