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Pistachio Green Mole

Pistachio Green Mole 4.000

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Apr 16, 2019

This a fresh-tasting, green version of mole, which is often dark and made with many ingredients. Together with the squash, plus white rice and fresh corn tortillas, it can make a meal.

Make Ahead: MAKE AHEAD The mole can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat, adding some water to loosen it up.

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes about 2 cups mole

  • For the squash
  • 4 or 5 medium zucchini or summer squash, cut into wedges (large or small)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the mole
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of a small white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow chile, such as a banana pepper or New Mexico yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 3 small tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut into small dice (1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup shelled, roasted unsalted pistachios, plus a few more for garnish
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, plus 1/2 cup for serving
  • 1 teaspoon crushed, dried hoja santa leaves (from 2 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup packed assorted greens, such as amaranth leaves, red sorrel and purslane (in addition to the cilantro), for serving


For the squash: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Roast (middle rack) for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool.

For the mole: Heat the grapeseed until shimmering over medium heat in a medium saute pan. Stir in the garlic and onion; cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the poblano and yellow chiles and cook for about 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatillos and cook for about 8 minutes, or until softened.

Pour in the water and add the pistachios; cook for about 5 minutes, then remove the mixture from the heat.

Combine 1 cup of cilantro leaves, the hoja santa and spinach in a blender, then add the cooked mixture. Remove the center knob from the lid so steam can escape; place a paper towel over the opening. Blend for about 3 minutes, until smooth. Taste, and season with salt, as needed.

Transfer the warm mole to a wide serving bowl. Add the roasted squash and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves and 1/2 cup of assorted greens.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook,” by Enrique Olvera with Luis Arrellano, Gonzalo Gout and Daniela Soto-Innes (Phaidon, 2019).

Tested by Tim Carman.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 320

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 28g 43%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 410mg 17%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 7g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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