Recipe: Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

The quintessential garlic scape recipe for those new to scapes and not sure what to do with them. I've substituted walnuts for the pine nuts traditionally used in basil pesto because they are less expensive and often easier to find. This recipe can also be done later in the summer when basil is available, but for a true early summer garlic scape pesto we used arugula.


- 1 1/2 cups garlic scapes, trimmed below the flower bulb

- 1 cup arugula

- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

- 1/2 cup olive oil

- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

- salt to taste



1. Add all ingredients except for olive oil to food processor

2. Pulse until finely chopped and thoroughly mixed

3. Run the food processor while pouring the olive oil in a steady stream

4. Continue to mix after olive oil is added for 1-2 minutes until blended into a soft paste consistency

5. Serve with your favorite pasta