June 21, 2009

garlic scape pesto

Garlic scapes came in our Abbondanza farm share for the past two weeks. They are good in a stir fry, but I think pesto is my favorite way to eat them. I threw some spinach into this pesto, but that's totally optional. The spinach calms the bite of the garlic a little bit though not too much. If you're lucky enough to have basil, you can of course use that too. As I've mentioned before, I find that pesto is usually creamy enough without pine nuts or walnuts or parmesan but you're the boss. Now DO IT!

2 handfuls of garlic scapes, chopped into 1-2 inch segments (around half a pound)
2 handfuls of spinach (optional)
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 t. salt

Blend everything! Yum!


  1. Your recipe is so simple and delightful. I will admit that it was the garlic scapes pesto you made a couple years back that inspired me to start using scapes in my basil pesto. i'll definitely try some spinach too! yum.

  2. Must be garlic scape season! I'm jealous of your basil...

  3. You don't have basil? You can't get some from the f.market or in your csa?

  4. Oh yeah, there's basil at the farmers market now, but having a plant is nice because you can pluck fresh leaves whenever you want. I'm definitely going to have to get some when we get tomatoes.