There are endless possibilities for this Garlic Scape Pesto. Easily made in a food processor, this garlic scapes recipe is great with pasta, meats and so much more!
There are two reasons I plant garlic in my backyard.
First, I love to use garlic in cooking. You may have noticed that I use fresh garlic cloves with vegetables…. a lot!
The second reason is garlic scapes!
Last fall, I planted some certified organic Italian Porcelain Hardneck Garlic, ordered online from Boundary Garlic Farm (not sponsored). I could not have been happier to see that my garlic had survived a very wet spring.
As a result, I now have garlic scapes to enjoy!
Just in case you are not familiar with this vegetable, let’s take a closer look.
WHAT ARE GARLIC SCAPES?
They are brilliant green in color and emerge as twisty and curly flower stalks from the bulbs of hardneck garlic.
They are sometimes referred to as:
- garlic shoots or curls;
- garlic stems or spears or
- serpent garlic.
Fresh garlic scapes are only available for a couple of weeks -usually very late spring to early summer.
You would probably not be surprised if I told you that garlic scapes have a mild garlic flavor without that signature pungent quality.
How to Harvest Garlic Scapes:
If you planted hardneck garlic, and have garlic scapes, it is advisable to remove them so that the plant directs all of its energy to growing the garlic bulbs.
You can simply snap them off at the base or use a scissor.
How to store Garlic Scapes
Simply rinse the scapes and place in a mesh or a plastic bag (left open at one end). They will keep for a couple of weeks.
They can also be frozen. For more details, click here.
What can I make with Garlic Scapes?
A young garlic scape is very tender. It can be consumed much like chives or green onions -which is to say, raw and chopped up finely.
As the garlic scape matures, it becomes a little bit more fibrous and tough. At this stage, the scape can be consumed much like sautéed garlic. They are absolutely great in stir fries!
Another great way to use garlic scapes is to transform them into pesto. Are you ready?
How to Make Garlic Scape Pesto:
As this recipe uses so few ingredients, make sure you use the best, high quality ingredients in order to get the best tasting pesto sauce.
You will need about 10 minutes to prep some of the ingredients, this includes washing and drying the herbs.
You also need to lightly toast the chopped walnuts (about ¼ cup). Transfer the nuts to a bowl and allow to cool down prior to processing the pesto.
Place the chopped 6-8 garlic scapes in the bowl of a food processor, pulse for about 30 seconds.
Add the toasted walnuts, basil leaves, parsley, cheese and lemon juice. Pulse together for another 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped. Scrape down sides of bowl.
With the food processor on low, slowly drizzle the olive oil in the mixture for about 30-60 seconds or until desired consistency.
The only thing left to do is season to taste and enjoy!
What is pesto used for?
Any variation of pesto, including this garlic pesto, can be served with:
Pasta: Tradition will dictate linguine, but this sauce also clings to twisty pastas like fusilli, gemelli, trofie or strozzapreti.
Sandwich spread: Spread thinly in your favorite sandwich introduces a wonderful new flavor.
Marinating meats, chicken, or fish: Such a great flavor enhancer!
Origins of the Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto:
There used to be a time when all reference to pesto was the recipe for classic Traditional Basil Pesto.
Over the years, there have been so many creative pesto recipes developed with different combinations of herbs, fruits and vegetables.
After I discovered this delicious recipe for Avocado Pesto Cavatelli, I become obsessed with experimenting and creating different pesto sauces.
Hope you get a chance to make this easy garlic scapes recipe… I think you are going to love it!
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Garlic Scape Pesto
- ⅔ cup garlic scapes about 6-8 scapes, chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts coarsely chopped
- ⅔ cup basil leaves fresh
- ⅓ cup parsley fresh
- ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese grated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
- Over medium heat, toast walnuts in a pan on stove top for a few minutes. Set aside to cool down.
- Pulse chopped garlic scapes in the food processor for about 30 seconds.
- Add the walnuts, basil leaves, parsley, cheese and lemon juice and pulse together for about 30 seconds until coarsely chopped.
- Drizzle the olive oil while the food processor is whirling until smooth and thick, approximately 30-60 seconds.
- Season to taste.