A delicious dessert lasagna recipe, this Pistachio Layered Dessert is a fun summer dessert made with pistachio pudding and a homemade butter pecan crust.
I first shared this recipe for a Pistachio Lush on my friend Amanda’s site.
Pistachio Dessert Lasagna Recipe
This recipe is dedicated to all of my pistachio dessert lovers out there – you truly get the short end of the stick when it comes to dessert options!
I got hooked on pistachio gelato in university, but the amount of pistachio dessert options is astonishingly low. Unacceptably low.
So, when my friend Amanda asked if I could come up with a fun layered dessert to share, I thought it was about time that I did some experimenting and develop a delicious pistachio dessert that would be perfect for a crowd!
While some people can be hesitant when it comes to pistachio, I think this recipe is a crowd-pleaser.
We start this recipe with a buttery pecan short crust which is baked to golden perfection.
Then, we top it with a cream cheese mixture that is sweet and tangy, before adding a thick layer of pistachio pudding.
Finally, we top the whole thing with whipped cream and garnishes. I used pecans, but cherries or actual pistachios would be great, too!
If you don’t want to use boxed pistachio pudding for this recipe, you can check out this recipe for homemade pistachio pudding. (Full disclosure: I haven’t tried that recipe as I’ve just stuck with the boxed kind.)
This layered pistachio dessert lasagna is fun and unexpected, and a wonderful treat for any pistachio fan!
Ingredients to Make Pistachio Lasagna
For the crust:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup pecans
For the cream cheese layer:
- 1 1/2 cups whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
- 4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
For the Pistachio pudding layer:
- 1 package Pistachio pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cups milk
For the topping:
- 1 cup whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
- Handful pecans
Tip: I used pecans because I liked the pop of color they provide and I enjoy their flavor, but you can use pistachios or walnuts, if preferred.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Casserole Dish
- Food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make Pistachio Lasagna
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine the flour, butter and 1/2 cup pecans in a food processor and blitz until a ball of dough forms.
Line a casserole dish with parchment paper and press the crust overtop into a flat layer.
Bake 8-10 minutes until just lightly golden.
Cool completely before adding on the lush layers.
Combine the cream cheese, icing sugar and 1 cup of whipped topping until smooth.
Spread the cream cheese layer over the crust and place in the fridge as you prepare the pistachio filling.
Combine the pistachio pudding mix and milk, and mix for 2 minutes until nice and thick.
Pour over the cream cheese layer and spread evenly with an offset spatula.
Top with the remaining whipped topping and garnish as desired.
Chill until ready to serve.
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This Layered Pistachio Dessert Lasagna is a fun and unexpected summer dessert and a real crowd-pleaser.