Adapted from Epicurious
1 pound (one bag, generally) shelled frozen edamame
1 garlic clove
1/4 c. olive oil plus extra for the top
1/4 c. finely grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
1/2 ts. finely grated lemon zest
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 c. baby arugula
Cook edamame in boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.
Pulse edamame in food processor until coarsely chopped, then transfer half the mixture to a large bowl. To the other half still in the food processor, add olive oil, garlic, pecorino, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Purée until smooth. Add to bowl. Coarsely chop arugula and gently fold into edamame mixture. Drizzle with more olive oil before serving and top with a little more pecorino if you want.
You can make this a day ahead and just leave the arugula out until right before you serve it. Serve with crackers or crostini.
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