Garlic Scape Pesto

My husband and I signed up for the summer CSA with Transpire Organic. We got the ‘I Know a Little Something About Eating Veggies’ Share and it’s great! We eat salad almost every night and I am exposed to vegetables that I don’t normally use.

I’ve never used garlic scapes before. They are the curly top of a garlic plant. One of the most popular use for them (after searching online) is garlic scape pesto.

1/3 cup of pine nuts and pistachios *
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
10-12 garlic scapes, chopped
basil **
1-2 tbsp of lemon juice

* I had some leftover pine nuts from before (these things are expensive!) and pistachios, so I mixed them. You can also use walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and pecans. Some people also suggest chickpeas, edamame, and pumpkin seeds.

** I added a bit of basil for flavour. If I had more I would have added more.

Put all ingredients except olive oil in the food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. While the food processor is on low, add the olive oil in a constant stream. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides.

We served it with spaghetti and spinach.

I recently bought a new food processor. Prior to this, I was using the Magic Bullet that my parents gave us; however, it stopped processing food well. It was still good to make smoothies but did not have the power to make hummus or pesto.

The KitchenAid 7-cup food processor was on sale and had good reviews. Those two factors convinced me to buy it. It was a great purchase!

It was a good meal for a hot summer day. Spinach pesto pasta with organic greens and strawberry-banana smoothie.

What are your favourite ways of using garlic scape?
What are your favourite recipes using a food processor?



  1. We made garlic scape pesto the other day, then I froze the leftover pesto into an ice cube tray and popped the frozen cubes into a bag. Now I just need to unfreeze the next time I want pesto šŸ˜€

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