Garlic Scape Pesto

We have had severe thunderstorm warnings all day today.  It rained on and off and in-between it was hot and humid…with sudden gusts of wind and occasional thunder.   So my plans for spreading new straw in some of the beds were canceled.  Instead I decided to find some recipes for the garlic scapes I harvested yesterday.

I have used garlic scapes to make my usual pesto, but I wanted to try something new.  I also was thinking of finding a few new recipes for all the kale that is in the garden.  So I was delighted to find a recipe for Kale Basil Garlic Scape Pesto.  Since I am sure I am not the only one with overflowing gardens, I thought I would share.

The actual recipe calls for pistachios as well, and can be found here.  I didn’t have any pistachios so I used pine nuts instead.


I harvested some kale and basil and brought them in.  I would also need garlic scapes and oil.  The recipe called for garlic scape paste, so first I had to make that.


Cut up nine garlic scapes…

IMG_4344….about a cup.

These go in the food processor.  Pour in the oil as it is processing.  You will have a beautiful pale green paste.

IMG_4346This will be used in the Kale, Basil Pesto.

Blanch the kale.

IMG_4363Make sure you cut out the tough stems before you blanch it.

IMG_4364Remove the stems from the basil and you are ready to start.

IMG_4365Put three tablespoons of the garlic scape paste in the processor.

IMG_4368Add the basil leaves, the kale and the nuts.

IMG_4369Add the oil as it is processing and you are done.  How easy was that?

IMG_4370Kale Basil Pine Nut Garlic Scape Pesto.

I served it on whole wheat pasta with tomatoes and some Romano Cheese.IMG_4372It was delicious!

IMG_4328And there are plenty of garlic scapes left…..aren’t they beautiful?


About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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4 Responses to Garlic Scape Pesto

  1. Joanne says:

    That looks so good!

  2. Pam R says:

    Very cool!! I bet it was soooo gooood!! I’ve made 10 pints of pesto and 4 quarts of pickles from my scapes.

  3. joan morvidelli says:

    Yum, plus they are a pretty plant.

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