This recipe is excerpted from The Vegetable Butcher, Workman Publishing, copyright 2016.
1 pound cardoons (stalks cut into 1-inch by 2-inch pieces)
1 small, finely chopped garlic clove
1/3 cup toasted, finely chopped pine nuts
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2-3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Trim and peel 1 pound cardoons and cut the stalks into 1-inch by 2-inch pieces.
Place cardoon in a large pot of lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat and simmer until very tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain well and pat them dry.
In a food processor, combine chopped garlic clove and toasted pine nuts.
Add the cardoons, flat-leaf parsley leaves, freshly grated lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Blend, scraping down the side of the bowl, until it becomes a coarse puree.
Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan. Blend again until incorporated and creamy (it will not be completely smooth).
Blend in up to 2 more tablespoons olive oil. Add up to 1 more teaspoon lemon juice and more salt and pepper to taste to reach desired consistency.
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