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Freezer friendly Garlic Scape Pesto in a jar with a spoon.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Pesto is a pantry staple. Freeze fresh summer pesto for a burst of summer in the middle of winter. This Garlic Scape Pesto is, versatile and a fabulous addition to pizza, pasta, crostini, potato salad or sandwiches. Recipe yields about 1 1/4 Cup. This recipe is vegetarian + gluten free | The nutrition estimate below is for about 1 Tbs per serving.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Garlic Scape Pesto, Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 79kcal
Author Vanilla And Bean


  • 10 (154g) Garlic Scapes
  • 1/3 C (44g) Pine Nuts *see notes for substitute!
  • 1/3 C (38g) Parmesan Asiago or simply Parmesan dice or shredded **see note
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 1/8 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • A few grinds of Pepper
  • 1/3 C (70g) Olive Oil


  • Trim the garlic scapes by cutting just below the bulb. Discard the bulb and set the remaining scape aside.
  • In a food processor, add the scapes, twirling them around the center so that they all fit. Add the pine nuts, cheese, juice of the lemon and salt and pepper. Process by pulsing until the mixture begins to break down. Scrape the bowl down.
  • With the processor running, slowly add all the olive oil. Continue to process until all the ingredients are incorporated and broken down, about one minute.
  • Store in a covered container or lidded jar in the fridge and enjoy within a week. Also, you can freeze the pesto in a jar or in an ice-cube tray. Once frozen, in the ice-cube tray, remove and place in a zip top bag in the freezer.


*The price of pine nuts have gone through the roof! Toasted walnuts will be a fine sub for this recipe. Simply rough chop the walnuts and measure 1/3 C (30g). 
**Parmesan Cheese: Look for vegetarian friendly Parmesan cheese (one that does not use rennet in production). BelGioioso vegetarian Parm can be hard to find, but Organic Valley is more widely available and Stella offers a vegetarian friendly Parm. I found this comprehensive list  that shows brands who produce vegetarian friendly parmesan cheese. For more information, check directly with your preferred cheese maker. 
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.


Serving: 1, Tbs | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg