Elizabeth's Pesto with a Southern Twist

Elizabeth's Pesto with a Southern Twist


"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."

Ingredients 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 124 cals

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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 5 Ratings


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.

The Messy Cook

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.


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.