In our blender, we put the cannellini beans. We rinse and pat dry our lemon and then zest it right into the blender with our microplane grater. We then cut the lemon in half and juice it into a measuring cup. We remove the seeds and measure the juice. We add the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the blender. Next we add the garlic clove, a little salt and pepper, the herbs (snipping the chives with a scissor), and a little of the water. We put on the cover for the blender, and start blending. We slowly add the rest of the water and stop the machine every so often to jam the beans down. When it is almost all pureed, we add the olive oil and blend until smooth. We taste for seasoning and adjust.
We pour the spread into a flat bowl and top with more salt and pepper, and some red pepper flakes.