1 cup unsalted butter, soft
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and black pepper to taste
- Combine the basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, and lemon zest in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are fully pulverized.
- Add softened butter to a small mixing bowl and mix in the basil mix. Stir well to incorporate. Add red pepper flakes, pepper, and salt to taste.
- Spoon the flavored butter into a line on a piece of parchment paper and roll it into a log shape. Twist the ends of the paper and pop it in the fridge for a few hours.
- Once the butter has hardened, remove it from the parchment paper and serve immediately or transfer it to an airtight container in the fridge for storage.