Rack of Lamb With Pistachio Pesto, Worth the Effort!

Recipe by kiwidutch
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place pistachios, thyme and rosemary in a mini food processor. Add half of the olive oil and process to a paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour half of the pistachio pesto into a small bowl, stir in remaining olive oil, and set aside to use as a sauce.
  • Spread some of the remaining pistachio pesto all over the lamb. Place strips of pancetta between the bones and wrap it around the meat, leaving bones exposed.
  • Spread rest of pistachio pesto over pancetta and place rack in a medium-size roasting pan. Roast lamb until an instant-read meat thermometer registers 130 degrees, about 40 minutes for medium-rare.
  • Transfer lamb to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes. Spoon 1 teaspoon of rendered pancetta fat into a medium-size skillet and heat over high heat.
  • Add scallions and cook until softened and browned in spots, about 4 minutes.
  • Cut rack of lamb into 4 servings of 2 chops each and arrange on plates, along with scallions. Drizzle pistachio pesto sauce all around chops and serve at once.