Simple Garlic Clove Pesto

Wondering what to make with garlic scapes? Here’s a simple garlic scape pesto recipe. Use it with grilled meat, spread onto pizza, or swirl in a yogurt dip!


  • 8 garlic cloves (1/2 cup chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more if desired


Chop the garlic cloves: Remove and discard the bulb end of the garlic cloves. Then remove any tough stems from the other end of the garlic scapes and chop them into small pieces.

Place everything except the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Then turn on the machine and drizzle in the olive oil. Add additional olive oil if desired for a runnier consistency. The resulting pesto is very garlicky, so use it sparingly!