Garlic Scape Pesto

“What are these crazy alien beans?!?” you might be asking yourself after this week’s pickup.  They’re garlic scapes, the part of a garlic bulb that grows above ground and has to be removed in order to for the bulb to grow larger.  They’re also edible, with a flavor crossed between garlic and scallions.  My favorite use for them is pesto; this recipe has enough bite to be interesting but is mild enough to use as a spread on a sandwich (assuming you like garlic!).

Garlic Scape Pesto

1 c. garlic scapes, cut in 1/4 inch slices
1/3 c. pine nuts
3/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. Parmesan
1/2 t. salt

Combine scapes and nuts in a blender or food processor.  Drizzle in oil.  Mix in cheese by hand, add salt to taste.

For 1/2 lb. pasta, use about 2 T. pesto.

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