Farmer’s Market Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape is a Farmer’s Market find that plays a starring role in this Garlic Scape Pesto! Fresh, healthy, and light, it’s perfect with pasta or zucchini noodles. A fast and easy way to get veggies into your diet!

zucchini noodles with garlic scape pesto on a plate

Why Should I Make Pesto?

Garlic Scape Pesto is an amazing, versatile recipe that every busy mom should have in her dinner time arsenal. 

Much like a great marinade,  a quick and easy pesto is simple to throw together, can be used in numerous ways.  It adds fresh, homemade flair to almost any meal.

Garlic Scape Pesto with Basil is amazing drizzled over chicken, pork, or fish.  You can also mix it with pasta or zucchini noodles for a light lunch or side dish.

zucchini noodles with garlic scape pesto and basil

What are Garlic Scapes?

Garlic scapes make their appearance this time of year in CSA Shares and at Farmer’s Markets. 

So, what exactly is a garlic scape? It’s actually the flower bud of the garlic plant, which is removed to encourage the garlic bulbs to grow.  They pretty much taste exactly like garlic, but in a scallion-like form.   

As with any delicious green that you’re not quite sure to do with, they make an excellent base for a pesto.

Close up of Garlic Scapes

What Do I Need to Make Garlic Scape Pesto?

  • 10 to 12 large garlic scapes (bulb removed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 grated Parmesan Cheese (the stuff in the green can)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

My family really loves basil, so sometimes I’ll add a cup of lightly packed basil leaves to the mixture.

I’m sure that you can use any other herb that your family loves as well. If you choose not to use any additional bulky herbs, you will probably use closer to 1/2 cup of olive oil because there are not as many greens to incorporate.

If you really love nuts in your pesto, feel free to add 1/2 a cup of walnuts or pine nuts. One of the really great things about pesto is that you can totally customize it to make it your own special recipe!

How Do I Make Pesto?

Pesto is super quick and easy.  Honestly, gathering the ingredients and washing your produce takes longer than making the pesto itself! 

Simply gather the ingredients and throw the garlic scapes and salt into the food processor. (This is where you’d also add the basil or any other herbs you choose to the food processor.)

Start the food processor, adding the oil slowly until the pesto reaches your desired consistency. Remember, you may not need to use the entire cup of olive oil. What you’re looking for is a smooth paste texture.

Once you’re done pulsing your ingredients, stop the food processor and use a rubber spatula to scrape everything off the sides.

Stir in the parmesan cheese until it is completely incorporated into the pesto.

You can store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks and use as much or as little as you like to add flavor to your dishes.

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Farmer's Market Garlic Scape Pesto

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Garlic Scape is a Farmer’s Market find that plays a starring role in this Garlic Scape Pesto! Fresh, healthy, and light, it’s perfect with pasta or zucchini noodles. A fast and easy way to get veggies into your diet!
Prep Time:10 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 large garlic scapes bulb removed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 grated Parmesan Cheese the stuff in the green can
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • My family really loves basil so sometimes I’ll add a cup of lightly packed basil leaves to the mixture.
  • I’m sure that you can use any other herb that your family loves as well. If you choose not to use any additional bulky herbs you will probably use closer to 1/2 cup of olive oil because there are not as many greens to incorporate.
  • If you really love nuts in your pesto feel free to add 1/2 a cup of walnuts or pine nuts. One of the really great things about pesto is that you can totally customize it to make it your own special recipe!

Instructions

  • Simply gather the ingredients and throw the garlic scapes and salt into the food processor. (This is where you’d also add the basil or any other herbs you choose to the food processor.)
  • Start the food processor, adding the oil slowly until the pesto reaches your desired consistency. Remember, you may not need to use the entire cup of olive oil. What you’re looking for is a smooth paste texture.
  • Once you’re done pulsing your ingredients, stop the food processor and use a rubber spatula to scrape everything off the sides.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese until it is completely incorporated into the pesto.
  • You can store in in the fridge for a couple of weeks and use as much or as little as you like to add flavor to your dishes.
Course: Pesto
Servings: 4
Author: Snug and Cozy Life

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