Garlic Scape Pesto – Easy, Delicious, GF & Vegan!

This is my new favorite pesto! Garlic Scape Pesto is easy, fun, delicious and vegan!

Garlic Scape Pesto
Garlic Scape Pesto

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So perhaps you recall that I grew garlic for the first time this year. Refer to my post on Garlic Scape Compound Butter, yum! I made this garlic pesto in July too but, alas, we gobbled it up before I could get a picture! I always make the base of this pesto vegan, therefore, dairy free, in case my Mom comes over! I can always add the parmesan to it when I serve it for us. I also can add Nutritional Yeast for my Mom or to ours to keep it vegan and the boys don’t even know the difference!

Garlic Scape Pesto

When I started my little blog about three years ago, I always showed the step by step photos for all the beginners who would need a little more guidance. When I got my DSLR it became close to impossible to add these. Number one, I can’t see through the viewfinder or the LCD monitor to sharpen the images because they are too small and my eyes are too old! Woe is me! And number two because the light in my kitchen is hideous and it would take me all day to bring every step over to my board to shoot individual photos. I thought I would go back to shooting step by step photos because I got a decent light so you will find those in the recipe card down below. (I need a new phone to shoot them with, but you get the idea!)

Garlic Scape Pesto

Pesto in general could not be easier to prepare. You literally pop all of the ingrdients to the food processor bowl and hit the button! Stream in the olive oil until you reach your desired consistancy. If you like it very creamy, you will have to add more olive oil, due to the garlic scape consistency. I don’t mind it a bit chunky. Pesto is great tossed in pasta or with steamed vegetables. Especially summer vegetables like, zucchini, summer squash and green or yellow beans. It also makes a perfect pizza sauce, see my Chicken Florentine Pizza with Garlic Scape Pesto, or a bruschetta tooping. Top just about any meat with this pesto to give it a mild garlicky flavor. The photo above I added a butternut squash puree to serve it with, for extra vitamins.

Garlic Scape Pesto

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto today! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite pesto is! Feel free to hit those share buttons and share the love! As always, Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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Garlic Scape Pesto


Bright green Garlic Scape Pesto with chunks of almonds in white bowl on black background
5 from 4 votes

Garlic Scape Pesto

Easy, healthy topping for pastas, veges and bruschetta. Made fresh at home!

Course sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 200 kcal
Author Binky


  • 2 cup garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1/2-1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese optional, for vegan omit or substitute about 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast


  1. Chop garlic scapes. 

    Chopped garlic scapes
  2. Measure herbs.

    parsley, basil, oregano
  3. Add everything to food processor bowl, except olive oil.

    garlic scapes, ground almonds, salt and herbs in blender container
  4. Process until ingredients are combined and quite finely textured.

    Process until ingredients are finely textured
  5. Stream in olive oil until a smooth sauce is formed. Start with 1/2 cup olive oil. If you would like the sauce creamier, continue to add the rest of the olive oil until desired texture is obtained.

    stream in olive oil until smooth
  6. Pesto stores well in the freezer. Freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove to plastic freezer bag. Thaw when ready to use.

    freeze in ice cube trays for storage

12 thoughts on “Garlic Scape Pesto – Easy, Delicious, GF & Vegan!

  1. Syama

    Pesto pasta finds its way into our lunch boxes almost every week. I have tried many version , but this is quite new and looks interesting. I would definitely love to try . Thank you for sharing !


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