Garlic Scape Pesto

I love making homemade pesto. It is quick, easy and can be made with a variety of different things. In the past I have made a lot of pestos with arugula, since it is my favorite green, but this time I decided to try something new….garlic scapes! What is a garlic scape??? They are the flower stalk that grows out of the tops of garlic and begin to curl when they are to be eaten! My boss has been telling me about them for the last couple months but they are really only in season in early summer. He was kind enough to pick me up a bunch from the farmers market the other day and I couldn’t wait to use them!


6-7 garlic scapes

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup of grated parmesan

1 tsp of white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Begin by cutting your scapes down into smaller pieces, just so you can manage fitting them into your food processor. Give them a few pulses on their own so that they begin to break down. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, parmesan and splash of white wine vinegar and give it a whirl. Using lemon juice and lemon zest would be a great, bright alternative to the vinegar, I unfortunately just didn’t have a lemon. The vinegar does give it just enough zip though. Once that has come together a bit begin to stream in your extra virgin olive oil until the desired consistency. I made this pesto more smooth rather than chunky. Cook up your favorite pasta and mix in the pesto! Top with a little extra cheese and enjoy!

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