Pistachio Gelato Recipe

Sicilian Pistachio Gelato Recipe

Sicilian Pistachio Gelato Recipe

For the simple syrup:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

Pistachio Paste for Sicilian Pistachio Gelato Recipe :

1 jar of Giannetti Artisans’s Pure Sicilian Pistachio Paste

For the ice cream:
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 4 whole egg yolks
  • 1 cup pistachio paste, homemade or store bought
To prepare the simple syrup:
  1. Combine the syrup ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook and stir until it begins to boil. All sugar should be dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool.  Makes 1/2 cup syrup.

    To prepare Ice Cream (gelato)

  1. Heat the milk, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan until hot.  Do not boil.  In a small bowl whisk the egg yolks.  Whisk in 1/8 of a cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks.  Whisk until well blended and then add the yolk mixture into the remaining warm milk mixture.  Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture thickens.  Remove from the heat.
  2. Place the remaining 1 cup of cream in a large bowl with 1 cup of the pistachio paste.  Set a strainer on the top of the bowl and pour the hot milk and egg mixture into the paste and cream.  Stir until all ingredients are blended.  Refrigerate overnight or at least 3-5 hours.
  3. Churn the ice cream in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Store the ice cream in a freezer safe container.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. amel fs says:

    Nice post thanks

  2. Paul says:

    What do you do with the simple syrup? I don’t see anywhere in the gelato recipe where it calls for simple syrup.

  3. Esther says:

    Hi Sally, what do you use the syrup for? Thank you

    • Sally Giannetti says:

      If you mean the syrup in the jar, that is pistachio oil. Pistachio nuts are naturally oily. That should be mixed into the paste.

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