Garlic Scapes Pesto

Basil and Garlic Scapes Bouquet

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With apologies, this blog entry, incomplete though it may be, was posted today in error. The recipe is complete, however. See you all soon.

Garlic Scapes Pesto Recipe

yield: about 1 cup (200 ml)

Ingredients

  • 3 oz (86 g) fresh garlic scapes — about a dozen, depending upon size
  • 1.5 oz (43 g) fresh basil leaves (see Notes)
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Pecorino Roman cheese, grated (see Notes)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (see Notes)
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Garlic Scapes Pesto

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Notes

I used a 2:1 ratio of garlic scapes to basil leaves. In retrospect, I should have gone 3:1. Although the pesto was flavorful, it wasn’t quite garlicky enough for my tastes.

For this amount of pesto, I would have used about 1/2 cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

If I were to use this pesto immediately, I would have at least doubled the amount of extra virgin olive oil used above.

Because this recipe creates a paste, its yield is about 1/3 less than it would be if the grated cheese and all of the oil were added during preparation.

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It’s déjà vu all over again …

Today’s look back features Pasta al Salmone, Pasta with Salmon. I first tasted this delicious pasta while in Italy for the first time and it was love at first bite. It took me a number of years to replicate that dish but I finally did and now I can enjoy Pasta al Salmone without having to deal with airports and surly flight attendants. You can see the recipe by clicking HERE.

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43 thoughts on “Garlic Scapes Pesto

  1. It’s definitely nice to see you again…. I literally screamed when I saw the email with new post notification…

    complete or incomplete, WELCOME BACK to my computer screen!

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  2. Good to see you post again. Even in an incomplete form. 😉 Good recipe, though — love garlic scapes, although I’ve never used them in pesto. But I will!

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  3. Some people (without even trying – even by accident) put a smile on a face. You do that John – and you did again today. Lovely to find your post in my box today! Hoping all is well and better than well! Take care. spree

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  4. I had only been thinking about garlic scopes the other day… as you do! One day I will encounter them, and know exactly where to look for what to do with them 🙂

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  5. Hello John: won’t say the obvious about being glad to see a beloved and familiar name on board again. One of these days you can tell all of us the exciting ways [or not 🙂 you have spent your past weeks and days . . .meanwhile have to file this as 80kph winds and freezing conditions are conducive neither to garlic scopes or beautiful basil! All the best . . .

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  6. John! Welcome back. Add me to the list of folks who have missed you. Great to see The Bartolini Kitchens in my inbox. Your pesto looks delish. I have never seen garlic scapes for sale here in Aus though – I may just need to grow them, as I’m mightily intrigued.

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  7. This is so freaky! You have been on my mind so much lately and I have wanted to send you a message to see how things are and then you post.
    Hope all well John. Miss your posts. Love to you and Max.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

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  8. Hi John! What a great recipe this is. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    A few weeks ago I made vegan pesto for my daughter Isabel and it was delicious… now I’m tempted to make the real thing…
    Take care. Sorry for my long absence from the blogosphere 😘

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  9. You must be psychic, because just the other day I was about to send you an e-mail to make sure you were still around. So I was really glad to see this post. Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you again soon!

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  10. Lovely to see your face in my feed. I love garlic scape pesto and I hope to have some soon when this darned winter is over. 🙂

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  11. Lovely to hear from you again, John. I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are. I had never heard of garlic scapes until I saw them on your blog. I have been trying to work out if we can buy them here but have so far been unsuccessful. It looks like they turn into a wonderful pesto that would be perfect with pasta xx

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    • Hello, Nazneen. I’m not quite back but will be, hopefully, in a few weeks. My special project is finally in the last stages. I’m just glad that this recipe went out relatively complete. I’ve a few “in the works” that are only partially written. Had one of them posted, my sanity may have come into question.

      By the way, I loved your cherry ice recipe and, just this morning, went to the farmers market and came home with a bucket of pitted tart cherries. I bet they would be wonderful in your recipe. I will let you know!

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  12. I know we’ve been in contact , but I’m damn HAPPY that you’re back. Missed your recipes! We adore pesto, would love to have pesto scapes, but sadly my garlic growing days are over. So it’ll have to be ordinary pesto unless of course…our doors are open, as always! ❤️

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  13. I bought some garlic scapes last year for the first time and loved them. Now I can see I need to buy some more. This pesto sounds awesome John!

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    • Thanks, MJ. I ran into some bad luck with my knee and was only able to buy 1 bunch of scapes this season. Drat! I’m just glad I had enough to make this pesto and a dish of pasta. I’ll do better next year!

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  14. I am glad you posted this mini post because last week I made risotto, thanks to your recipe. I tried it once before and was not happy with it. However, I gave it another go last week and LOVED IT! It was superb!! Just wanted to say Thank You, and Welcome Back. 🙂

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    • Good to see you, Ruth, and so very glad you stuck with it and made risotto. Like many things, there’s a knack to making this dish and, once you’ve hit the mark, you’re golden. Thanks for dropping by to tell me. I’m not quite back yet, however. I’m still working on a project that must be kept secret for now. It’s beginning to wind down, however, and I hope to be able to start blogging again in the near future. I miss y’all!

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  15. So very happy to see you back John and hope that all is well with you and your family! I’ve been away the past week on holidays and today have been trying to catch up on all the posts I’ve missed… seeing this post has absolutely made my day! 🙂 Look forward to reading more from you soon. Cheers, Margot

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  16. Love the photo John. It’s picture perfect. 🙂 I have never made a pesto with garlic scapes although I don’t know why. I’ve used the leaves for pesto and numerous other ways, just not the scapes. I will have to try it next Spring when the garlic blooms again.
    Good to see you back and looking forward to hearing about the special “top secret” project that has kept you away. As everyone has noted, you have been missed.

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