Asparagus Noodles with Pesto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 pound jumbo asparagus

1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil

1/4 cup packed fresh parsley

2 tablespoons pine nuts

1 tablespoon capers

1 small clove garlic

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch of red pepper flakes

3 cups baby arugula

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more for topping

Directions

  1. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus stalks. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus into thin wide ribbons. (The last strip of asparagus will be a little thicker than the others but it¿s fine to use.)
  2. Pulse the basil, parsley, pine nuts, capers, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a food processor until coarsely ground. With the machine running, drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil and process until the pesto is mostly smooth.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus noodles, red pepper flakes and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the asparagus is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the arugula and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add the pesto and 1 tablespoon water and toss to coat. Stir in the lemon zest and season with salt. Top with more zest.