Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scape pesto is made almost like a classic basil pesto with olive oil, parmesan cheese and nuts. Here we use sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts, which are a fraction of the cost, and just as good. A food processor is key to making the recipe, and adding the ingredients in order is another key.
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 cup garlic scapes sliced crosswise (about 10 to 12 scapes)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
  • Add the sunflower seeds and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the olive oil and process on high for 15 seconds.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the basil and lemon juice, and process until reaching the desired consistency.
  • Add salt to taste and serve immediately.


This pesto freezes well.


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