Garlic Scape Pesto

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of homemade vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

What I want to write “spring has sprung and I’m sharing the best of the season with you today!” What I’m really going to say “where in the heck is spring? Why is it so cold? Where are my flowers? Stay off my lawn!”

Yeah, I sound like a cranky old man. Whatever. It rained all day and I’m soooooooo over it. So instead I’m going to re-share this garlic scape pesto and pretend that spring really is here. I made this years ago but last year I took some new pictures and I’m just now finally getting around to resharing it with all of you. This pesto is CRAZY packed with flavor and will leave your belly full and your breath kickin’. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t sell a recipe on the fact that it will make your breath smell like extreme garlic.

But I’m not lying. It does. But it’s good. So you should do it anyway.

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of homemade vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

If you have never heard of or seen garlic scapes just look at the above picture. They are little twisty garlic flower-tendrils that taste like bitey garlic. They are (to me) a sign of spring because they are typically found around that time.

I have never seen them in the regular grocery store but find them at most farmers markets or farm stands. They are actually the flower bud of the garlic plant and are cut off to stimulate the garlic bulb to grow larger. Once vegetation starts to flower most of the plant’s energy goes into the flower so that is why they get chopped off.

{Looking for the perfect blender? I LOVE my Vitamix!!!}

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of homemade vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

Since they taste just like garlic you can pretty much use it in any way you would use garlic. I LOVE using them to make pesto because it’s the BEST! It’s so intense on the garlic flavor and pairs beautifully with fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.

I put this stuff on everything too. I’m not even kidding. It gets slathered on pizza, stirred into warm pasta and spread on paninis. So. Much. Goodness.

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of homemade vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

I like to thin this garlic scape pesto out with water instead of extra olive oil because I’m honestly not a fan of super oily pesto. However, if you want more oil in your pesto just drizzle it in until you reach your desired pesto consistency. That’s the beauty of pesto. You can pretty much do whatever you want.

Looking for more pesto recipes? Or maybe ways to use pesto? Try my beet green pesto, grilled lamb chops with pistachio mint pestogrilled chicken pesto panini, pesto chicken Caprese pasta, cheesy pesto garlic bread, garlic shrimp pesto zoodles, cranberry pesto chicken burgers, turkey cranberry pesto panini or my pesto hummus sweet potato bites

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Garlic Scape Pesto

This homemade garlic scape pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, sandwiches or on top of homemade vegetable soup. It packs TONS of flavor and is made right in your Vitamix, regular blender or food processor. 

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 18 garlic scapes, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 1-1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Water, desired amount
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Source: Inspired by My Kitchen Addiction

Directions:

Combine chopped garlic scapes, basil leaves, and toasted pine nuts into a Vitamix, regular blender or food processor.

Pulse a few times just to help break up the nuts and garlic scapes. Add in grated cheese and lemon juice.

Turn on your Vitamix/blender/food processor and while it's running drizzle in the olive oil and blend until combined.

At this point take off the lid and scrape down the sides. Put the lid back on and drizzle in some water while the Vitamix/blender/food processor is running until you have reached your desired consistency.

Season with the desired amount of kosher salt and black pepper.

Note: I make my pesto in the Vitamix and blend it until it's very thin so you get a very spreadable pesto. If you want a runnier pesto just add more water or oil.

38 Responses to “Garlic Scape Pesto”

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 11, 2011 at 12:14 am

    There is nothing better than homemade pesto. I have never made one with garlic scapes, but it sounds wonderful!

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    Mireya Merritt — July 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I wish I could find garlic scapes in my area. They are delicious!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 11, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Love your personal touch on this. Looks very delicious!

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    Jessica — July 11, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I LOVE pesto, and I love scapes too, so this is perfect!!! It looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it!

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    Erica — July 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Garlic scapes are all the range! I feel the need to get my hands on some! Pesto is totally delicious and I love the idea of using pepitas. GORGEOUS!

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    Elizabeth — July 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Yum! I adore garlic scapes and your recipe looks delicious.

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    Jessica — July 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This looks so delicious!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I’ve been hearing all about garlic scapes and I’ve never used them before. Now I’m on a mission- this looks wonderful!

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    La Phemme Phoodie — July 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Everyone is talking about working with garlic scapes. I feel so out of the loop because I’ve never made anything with them. Love the idea of using them to make pesto. I need to hunt down some scapes in my area STAT.

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    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! — July 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Garlic scapes are totally new to me, but will keep an eye out for them at the farmer’s market.

    BTW, Costco sells big bags of pine nuts for a very good price. Just keep them in your refrigerator so they don’t get rancid over time.

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    Marla — July 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love all pesto I have ever encountered – your sounds awesome!

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    Joanne — July 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I actually made garlic scape pesto last week also! Great minds think alike 😛 It really is good stuff.

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    The Café Sucré Farine — July 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Yum, I can think of so many uses for this, from pizza to sandwiches to sauces. The scapes are so pretty looking! Thanks for sharing a delicious sounding recipe!!

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    Emily @Cleanliness — July 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    NOMNOMNOM 😉

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — July 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    We’ve been getting garlic scapes and parsley in our CSA every week! I’m definitely going to have to make this!

    • admin replied: — July 11th, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

      I hope you do! I’m loving being part of a CSA.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — July 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Yummmmmmm! So what are garlic scapes compared to garlic? Less potent?

    • admin replied: — July 11th, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

      They are what scallions are to onions. A little more mild in flavor but still super delicious. I actually found they had more garlic flavor than I thought they would.

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing — July 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    That’s a great recipe! I would have never thought to use pepitas instead of pine nuts (they’re so darn expensive, I always hesitate to buy any!).

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    Blond Duck — July 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I’ve always wanted to try pesto.

    I’m going to go drool over your chicken legs.

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    Chiara — July 14, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I wonder if I can find garlic scapes here in Switzerland… I’d love to make pesto with it!

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    Lyndsey — July 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

    This pesto sounds awesome. I have some garlic scrapes in the fridge and some basil in the garden…guess what I’m going to make. I’ll let you know. I have made pepita pesto before, it’s great on pasta or spaghetti squash! That’s why pesto is so much fun…it’s so versatile.

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    Stefani — July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I have always wanted to make my own pesto sauce. Thanks for sharing!

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    Heidi — June 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This sounds yummy. Can you tell me how long this will last in the fridge? Or should I freeze after making? I have a lot of scapes in the garden, more than my family could consume in a week. Thanks

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Heidi – I think mine last about 2 weeks in the fridge with a layer of olive oil over the top. I have also frozen it and it was fine. Hope you give it a try! 🙂

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    Alex — September 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    This is such a great idea! I received garlic scapes in my farm basket recently and had no idea what to do with them but this is such a creative idea!

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    Kirsten — May 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Brandy,
    Thank you for sharing this recipe with me for my Garlic Scape Recipe Round Up! It’s now live, and I’m so inspired I cannot wait for my scapes to appear.
    You can see the round up here: http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/05/28-recipes-using-garlic-scapes-recipe.html or Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/316659417522383833/
    Thanks!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets — June 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I found your recipe through Farm Fresh Feasts link up, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a great recipe. I made it tonight using pine nuts. I also added a splash of lemon juice, and it was delicious. Thanks again.

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    Jen — April 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I’m definitely going to be on the look out for garlic scapes next time I’m at the Farmers market. I need to make this!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — April 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    That sounds fabulous, love it!

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    Sabrina — April 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Nothing is better than homemade pesto! Love this idea!

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    Amanda — April 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I definitely need to hit up a farmer’s market here soon and pick up some garlic scapes!

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    Abeer — April 18, 2018 at 4:11 am

    This looks absolutely incredible!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert — April 18, 2018 at 10:43 am

    This looks perfect! I love this idea! So simple and pretty!

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    Lauren — April 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I love scape season!

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