Garlic Scape Pesto

garlic scape pesto

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Fresh and loaded with garlic flavor, this pesto comes together in minutes.


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  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic scapes
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (no stems), lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or hard cheese of choice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine scapes, basil, pine nuts or walnuts, salt, and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until finely minced.
  2. Drizzle in oil and process until smooth.
  3. Add cheese and pulse to combine. use immediately, or store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer. Use within 3 days or freeze for longer storage.


Try adding a small boiled potato and/or green beans to the sauce to mellow out the flavor. 

Toss pesto over pasta, spread it on crostini or pizza, add some zip to salads.