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Elizabeth's Pesto with a Southern Twist Recipe
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Elizabeth's Pesto with a Southern Twist

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"A delicious pesto with traditional ingredients. This has been booted up with some southern fried kick. You can spray ice cube trays with cooking spray and spoon in pesto, freeze until hard, and store in freezer in a resealable plastic bag."

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Blend the basil, spinach, parsley, garlic, pecans, lemon zest, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper in a food processor until all ingredients are integrated. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture until the mixture forms a paste.
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Aug 04, 2011

This is really a delicious version of pesto sauce! I made this recipe as is, I didn't sub any ingredients at all.. & it was great! It took me literally 5 minutes to throw everything in my food processor & top my hot pasta. I personally loved the strong garlic & lemon zest. Next time I will use less fresh parsley, the flavor was a 'tiny' bit strong for me, but I prefer a stronger basil taste in pesto. The cayenne didn't make this too spicy, in my opinion. However it DID bring out another level of flavor that my husband especially LOVED.. I will continue to make this recipe in my dinner rotation. I served this on top homemade pasta (I used the recipe "basic pasta" & the spaghetti attachment on my kitchen aid mixer) & garlicky sautéed shrimp.

Aug 28, 2011

Quite delicious! The cayenne pepper gave it a little kick, I think next time I will use red pepper flakes. I am a huge fan of zest and the lemon zest added a nice freshness to the pesto.


5 Ratings

Jan 20, 2012

amazing! I made the recipe exactly and it's so delicious. My husband and I have been eating this for days, with pasta and on bread. Much better than store bought pesto.

Feb 18, 2015

This dish is wonderful for entertaining! Easy to make and the pesto is fantastic with other recipes. Super way to get my meat and potato man to eat something green.


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  • Calories
  • 124 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 156 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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