Garlic Scape Pesto

Have you noticed Garlic Scapes at your local public market? They look like curvy, scallions/green beans. They are actually the flower bud of the garlic plant. Think of them like the green onions of garlic. They have the same strong and tasty garlic flavor and can be used in the same fashion. For years I’ve been fascinated by these, but haven’t had the nerve to actually try cooking with them. Until this past weekend, when I succumbed to my urge to purchase a bunch and give them a shot. And thus, I give you Garlic Scape Pesto.

Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...

Now I’d be lying if  I told you that I cooked up the idea for Garlic Scape Pesto on my own (see what I did there?). This was actually inspired by a Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta that I enjoyed one day at work, of all places! We are lucky enough have a talented group of professionals who make some pretty amazing things in our cafeteria. I thought it was pretty delicious and when I saw the Garlic Scapes once again at my weekly Public Market trip, I immediately remembered the pasta and decided to give it a shot.

Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more... Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...

Now, if you’re not a garlic lover, I’d encourage you to stick with traditional Pesto, as this is pretty garlicky. You will be extra make-out-able when you finish eating this (yes, this is a word now. You’re welcome.). If you do like all things garlic/pesto/pasta you will be a very happy camper.

Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more... Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...

I toasted my pine nuts first to really bring out their delicious flavor. I also added a good amount of basil to try and balance out the garlicky flavor. Feel free to go lighter or heavier on certain ingredients based on your personal tastes. You’ll notice that the consistency isn’t as liquid-y as one might expect. I was afraid to go too heavy on the oil because I like to add some extra olive oil to my pasta to keep it from sticking and didn’t want it to be too greasy.

Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more... Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...

I served this over the fresh pasta of my choice (ie- what was living in my refrigerator) and tossed it with fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts and black olives followed by a generous sprinkle of Romano cheese and crushed red pepper. I bet it would be delicious on grilled fish or chicken as well.

Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...

Garlic Scape Pesto

Source: The Life Jolie

Ingredients:

  • A large handful of garlic scapes, with the ends trimmed and washed
  • A large handful of basil leaves, washed
  • 1/2 cup of Romano cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. of toasted pine nuts
  • 6 Tbsp. of olive oil (or more for a looser consistency)

Mix first 4 ingredients into your food processor and process until well combined.

While the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil until the consistency is more of a thick sauce.

Serve over pasta or meat of your choice or freeze for later use. This will last a couple days in the refrigerator.

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Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more... Garlic Scape Pesto is a tasty twist on a regular pesto. If you like garlic, you have got to try this! It's great over pasta as well as on meat. Click on the photo to read more...Linked up at:

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16 Comments

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    HOlly
    July 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

    This looks really good. I love garlic. I actually have pesto on the menu this week because my basil plants are getting out of control. Pinning this for future reference!

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      Jessy
      August 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I’m glad your basil is going well because I definitely killed mine (all of them- I’m the worst!!)

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    Scott
    July 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I love garlic, and this looks amazing. I’d pick off the olives though – not a fan.
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      Jessy
      August 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you! A lot of people I know aren’t fans of olives- this would still be delicious without them.

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    The Conservative Mommy
    July 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Wow! This looks delicious. I am a fan of pesto but haven’t tried to make it yet. Thanks so much!!
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      Jessy
      August 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you- I also love pesto and this was pretty tasty!

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    Leslie
    July 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Yum! There is no Publix around here which makes me sad when I see the weekly ads. Now I’m hungry, haha.
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      Jessy
      August 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Haha yeah, the ads get me every time 🙂

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    K&B by the Sea
    July 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I never tried cooking with garlic scapes till we moved to Nova Scotia. I saw them at the farmer’s market every week and decided I needed to buy some 🙂 So far I’ve chopped them up and added them to other dishes like I would do with regular garlic, so I’m interested in trying out your pesto recipe where the flavour of the scapes will really be the star 🙂

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      Jessy
      July 31, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      I still have some left (I love how long they last in the fridge) and I can’t wait to experiment!

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    Danielle
    July 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious and pretty easy to fix. Those are my top two requirements for a dinner lol. Thanks for sharing!
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      Jessy
      July 31, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Those are both so important in my cooking as well! Enjoy 🙂

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    Shann Eva
    July 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

    This sounds delicious! I love garlic and I love pesto, so I think it would be a great combination. Thanks for the recipe…pinning it!
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      Jessy
      July 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you! It is a pretty tasty flavor combo!

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    Tennille
    July 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I’ve never heard of garlic scape before. This sounds really interesting!
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      Jessy
      July 31, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I had heard about them for so long and I’m glad I finally gave them a try!

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