A simple pesto with a kick of red pepper! Great tossed with pasta, smeared on crostini or mixed into vinaigrettes.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10minutes
Total Time 10minutes
zest and juice of one lemon
1/4teaspoonred pepper flakes
1/2cupextra virgin olive oilmore as needed
1/2teaspoonfreshly cracked black pepper
1/2teaspoonDiamond kosher saltor 1/4 teaspoon Morton's Kosher Salt
To the bowl of a food processor or Vitamix blender add basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan, lemon zest, juice, and red pepper flakes.
Pulse a few times to break down the basil.
In a steady stream add olive oil, pulsing until olive oil is blended into other ingredients and mixture forms a loose paste. If your pesto is too thick, add additional olive oil one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.