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Recipe: Garlic scape pesto with fresh herbs


Adam and I came up with this recipe to use up this year’s considerable garlic scape harvest:

Parsley, basil, and scapes ready to go.

Garlic scape parsley basil pesto
1/2-1 c. basil
1/2-1 c. parsley
1-2 c. garlic scapes
2-3 T. pine nuts
1 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
pepper to taste
extra-virgin olive oil, at least 1/2 c.
1/3-1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated

Amounts are approximate, because we used a ratio: 1 handful basil, 1 handful parsley, 2 handfuls scapes. We went light on the pine nuts and parmesan. Put the scapes, herbs, pine nuts, salt, and pepper in a food processor.  Process, adding the oil a bit at a time, until desired consistency.  Stir in parmesan cheese.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.  Makes about 1 1/2 c. pesto.

Naturally, we quadrupled the recipe. Should keep in the freezer up to 6-8 months. No worries that it will last that long.

11 thoughts on “Recipe: Garlic scape pesto with fresh herbs

  1. I didn’t know u could freeze pesto! that’s a great tip thanks. You could also make parsley honey with surplus parsley. It is more like a syrup and great in oatmeal, over french toast, over pancakes etc. It keeps for months. My batch brought me through the winter. Here is how to make it.

    • Wow, I’ve never heard of that one. I’ll keep it in mind — I always end up with way more parsley than I really need. Last year I froze a bunch in ice cube trays covered with water, which gave me “parsley cubes” that I threw into soup all winter long. That was pretty nice, too.

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  3. this sounds amazing! i just posted a recipe on [tend] for arugula pesto too, and am hoping to make garlic scape pesto next! how many scapes did you use for this? i probably have about 15 or 16, so maybe i could double this recipe? yum!

  4. Excellent idea for scapes. I just picked mine today with some herbs and weeds (lambs quarters), so I’m going to give the pesto a try 🙂 Think it might be good on tortillas for making vegan quesadillas or a a spread on some raw crackers.

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  6. Hey Jennifer! I just picked my scapes and ready to try out your recipe. Thanks for posting 🙂 I’ll

  7. Hey Jennifer! I just picked my scapes and ready to try out your recipe. Thanks for posting 🙂 I’ll send you an update when I finish!

  8. Last year I made cilantro pesto and froze it in ice cube trays, then put the frozen cubes in a Ziploc bag. Kept very, very well in my fridge freezer.

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  10. I added the peel and juice of 1 lemon, and two sprigs of mint. Also used roasted walnuts instead of pine nuts.

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