Jul 1, 2009

Garlic Scape Basil Pesto

I went to the farmers market in Union Square this morning where I encountered these garlic scapes. Never seeing these before, I was told they are the shoots that grow from the bulb that eventually straighten out and bloom, and they are only available for a short time. Farmers remove these so the garlic bulb can get more energy to grow larger. These have a milder garlic flavor than garlic cloves, similar to a green onion, but with a garlic taste. The vendor at the market told me you can replace garlic in recipes or you can make a pesto which you can use on bread, in risotto, pasta, bruschetta, etc. I will now be purchasing these scapes on a regular basis if I can find them!

Garlic Scape Basil Pesto
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 7 • Serving Size: 1 tbsp • Points +: 4 pts • Smart Points: 5
Calories: 124.4 • Fat: 12.4 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Carb: 0.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.1 g Sodium: 133.2 mg (without salt)


  • 1/2 cup (about 6) garlic scapes, flowers and tough ends removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt, fresh pepper to taste

    Cut the garlic scapes into small pieces. In a food processor or mini blender pulse scapes, basil, parmigiano, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. Store in an air-tight jar for up to two weeks.


    1. Any chance you'll post your favorite 4th of July recipes in one post with links so I can pick your brain for a good WW menu????

      I'm making the blueberry pie you recently posted. I picked fresh blueberries yesterday and can't wait to try it.

      Love your recipes, by the way.

    2. Great Idea, I'll post tonight! The pie is great!

    3. This looks so fresh and yummy!


    4. WOW Gina your site is just better and better LOVE the pictures they make my mouth water!!!!!!!

      Can't wait to try more of your great idea's!!!!!

    5. if you can't find garlic scapes, what else could you use? a little garlic and green onions?

    6. I have the same question as Jana. Can we just substitute regular garlic cloves for the garlic scapes if we can find them? Please advise because I am dieing to try this recipe.

    7. Sure, it will just be a bit more pungent. Maybe use 2 cloves garlic, 1 cup basil instead which is more like a basil pesto.

    8. I made this tonight with green garlic instead of garic scapes. I got the green garlic in my CSA box and had no idea what to do with it. This turned out great!

    9. does this need to be refrigerated in order to last 2 weeks?

    10. when are garlic scapes available?


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