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Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

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We love pesto…we eat it all summer long and try to freeze as much of it as possible, so we can enjoy it into the winter months. Most of the time we just make basil pesto, but we belong to a CSA, and sometimes we get garlic scapes in our harvest. These are a real treat! We use them just like we would use garlic, interchanging the two. They’re great sauteed with other vegetables, and they can also be chopped into a salad.

Or, you can also use them to make this delicious Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto, with a recipe from Farmer Paul Bucciaglia and Rebecca Batchie. For more tips on how to use garlic scapes, and additional vegetable recipes, check out Fort Hill Farm’s website!

Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

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Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

Nothing says summer like pesto! You'll love this delicious recipe!


  • 2 cups garlic scapes, whip removed, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (use a high quality grade)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP pine nuts (you can substitute walnuts)


  1. Combine garlic scapes, basil, olive oil, and lemon juice to a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Add Parmesan cheese and pine nuts, blend a bit more.
  2. Mix into pasta (reserve some to put over the top of the pasta), or on top of fresh Italian bread. Top with freshly ground black pepper.







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Sunday 27th of October 2013

I LOVE this recipe, and it would be perfect for my new link party. This link party is called 'Required Ingredient Recipe Link Party' and I'll be holding it every Sunday, starting right now.

The idea is to focus on a single ingredient each week and I'm starting off with cheese because everyone loves cheese!

I'm planning to do a ton of promotion to get this link party off the ground, so any recipes you post should get lots of attention.

Regardless of if you link up or not, I'm pinning this recipe! Yum!

Hope to see you at the link party...

Brittnei Washington

Thursday 1st of August 2013

Michelle! I haven't eaten pesto in a very long time, but you definitely are making me want to try this recipe out. I'm going to pin it to see if I can try it later on! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us on the Get Fit Friday hop! <3

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 1st of August 2013

It is really good! I love pesto - we love it on pasta and chicken and in panini sandwiches. Let me know how you like it if you try it!

Recreate and Decorate

Tuesday 30th of July 2013

My family loves pesto on our panini sandwiches, I will be making this one, we love garlic too! thanks

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 1st of August 2013

We love pesto on paninis too! I am so addicted to paninis! Let me know how you like it if you try it!

another jennifer

Monday 29th of July 2013

Missed this while I was at BlogHer. Holy yum. We've got a ton of basil too. Pinning it now!

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 1st of August 2013

I love this recipe!!! But pesto is also one of my favs!

Leah Davidson

Friday 26th of July 2013

I love pesto! I will have to try this recipe! I made quesadillas the other day with chicken and some pesto and they were relish. Pesto can perk up anything!

Michelle Nahom

Friday 26th of July 2013

That sounds amazing!!! Pesto does perk anything up!

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