Veggie Resolution #7: Garlic Scape Pesto

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Happy Tuesday! I just love a shortened work-week, don’t you? How was your holiday weekend?

Today, I’d like to share a recipe for pesto using the mysterious looking veggies above.  These curly green doodads are garlic scapes, and they were part of my Week 1 CSA pick-up. Garlic scapes are the immature flower stalks of garlic, and they are often removed to allow the garlic bulb to grow bigger.  I had no idea what to do with these super-pungent greens until my friend Lisa had suggested pesto.  You better believe it – pungent scapes = suuuuper garlicky pesto!  In fact, I brought a container of this pesto with linguine to work for lunch one day and subsequently brought it right home again so as not to offend my coworkers. So consider yourself warned!  This pesto is soooo good though – if you don’t mind stinking up your breath, it’s totally worth it 😉

You will need:

Using Lisa’s recipe as a guide:
8 garlic scapes
1/3 c. walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1 c. olive oil
2/3 c. parmesan cheese

1.  Combine scapes, nuts and parmesan cheese in food processor; processing to desired consistency (I like hearty, chunky pesto)
2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and continue pureeing until well blended.
3. Serve with cooked pasta of your choice or on hearty bread.

Sooo garlicky. Sooo good.  Totally worth the stinky breath 😉

Have you heard of garlic scapes before? How do you prepare your scapes?

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    July 5, 2011 at 9:24 am

    That looks so delicious!! I want to try them!

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    July 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I've never heard of garlic scapes until seeing them on your blog. I love a hearty pesto, too, so may have to give this a shot! I don't mind garlic breath at home 🙂

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    July 5, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I normally just stir fry garlic scapes like normal vegetables. Your recipe looks good!

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    July 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Oh man, I love pesto and I'm obsessed with garlic – so this recipe sounds absolutely fantastic!

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    July 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

    i just cooked with garlic scapes this past weekend also! hooray for scapes!

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    San Jose Love
    July 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    ooh I just got a food processor so I'll definitely try this

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    July 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I first heard of garlic scapes on your blog! I wouldn't even know where to find them.

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    July 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Ooh looks delicious. I looooove garlicky pesto but I could definitely see keeping this recipe at home! lol

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    April 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic! I am actually hosting a garlic scapes linky party at as part of our Fresh Produce Tuesday series. I would love if you submitted this recipe!


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