How to Make Pistachio Pudding ‘The Green Stuff’

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bowl of pistachio pudding "the green stuff"

How to Make Pistachio Pudding

Pistachio pudding, or ‘the green stuff’ as I knew it as growing up, is a great side dish for your family and friend gatherings.  It adds two ingredients I love, pineapple and whipped cream together.  Add the pudding and it becomes, the green stuff. 

Very simple to make and a family favorite that has been past down. If you like this, you may want to try ambrosia salad too. Another family favorite.

pudding pineapple

What Ingredients Are Needed?

  • pistachio pudding
  • whipped topping
  • crushed pineapple
green dessert

What Kind of Whipped Cream is Used?

Use the whipped topping that comes in a tub, not a can. The canned version will deflate. You could also make your own whipped cream if you want.

Can I Make This Pudding Ahead of Time?

When possible, you should make this ahead of time. It allows the pudding to set. It can be made and served immediately, but when time permits, ahead of time is perfect.

green dessert whipped cream

Can I Use Sugar Free Pudding?

If you want to reduce calories, you can use sugar free pudding and light whipped cream. You can adjust your pudding to your tastes.

Do I Need to Drain the Pineapple?

Short answer, no. We are not adding any liquid in to make this pudding. So the liquid from the crushed pineapple replaces this need along with the whipped topping.

bowl of pistachio pudding "the green stuff"
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Pistachio Pudding – The Green Stuff

Love simple desserts? You will love this easy to make pistachio pudding. The 'green stuff' is fluffy, tasty and perfect for holiday dinners.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 package of pistachio pudding
  • 8 oz container of whipped topping thawed
  • 16 oz can of crushed pineapple in own juice


  • In a medium size bowl, add the pineapple (with the juice) and pistachio pudding and mix until completely incorporated.
  • Add the whipped cream and mix completely.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator to let it set up.
  • If you don't have time, you can serve immediately.
Love simple desserts? You will love this easy to make pistachio pudding. The 'green stuff' is simple, delicious and a great addition to holiday meals.

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