Garlic Scape Pesto • Stephanie Hansen


July 1, 2024

Garlic scape Pesto ingredients on a butcher block

Garlic scapes are the stem of a garlic plant, found on the tops of garlic when they’re ready to harvest. They have a lovely, mild flavor that works wonderfully in pesto (and many other applications). I use this garlic scape pesto on eggs, pasta, stir it into rice, serve with grilled meats, or serve with whipped ricotta and roasted potatoes for a crave-worthy side dish. Recipe below.

If you love garlic scapes (or pesto) be sure to check out my other similar recipes.

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For the potatoes

  • 2 mini-pounds red or yellow-skinned potatoes (fingerling potatoes can work too)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped (rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper to taste

For the Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 1 cup garlic scapes, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 8-10 scapes)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (if you are serving right away or refrigerating – Omit cheese and add later if freezing pesto)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the whipped ricotta

  • 1/4 cup garlic scape pesto
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 3 Tbsp full-fat Greek yogurt
  • lemon juice from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


For the Roasted Potatoes

Preheat oven to 425

Scrub mini potatoes and slice in half (or quarters if large)

Toss potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender.

For the Garlic Scape Pesto

Place the Garlic Scrapes in a food processor and pulse for about seconds.

Add the Pine Nuts and the olive oil

Pulse for about 1 minute

Adjust seasonings and add more salt or oil to get your
desired consistency

For the Whipped Ricotta

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Assemble The Dish

Smear the whipped ricotta on a platter. Top with the Roasted potatoes and drizzle with the garlic scape pesto

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