Arugula and Garlic Scape Pesto

Since we are just getting into our CSA season, I will share with you another creation from our fabulous box from Red Wagon Farms. We got the idea for garlic scape pesto from their blog, but after tasting the garlic scapes, we thought they might be a bit too spicy on their own. Luckily, we also got some arugula in our box so I added a few handfuls to the pesto. We ended up with a fresh and bright pesto just perfect for spring.

Kelly & Mary

Arugula and Garlic Scape Pesto

5-10 fresh garlic scapes, roughly chopped

3-4 handfuls of arugula

1 cup Parmesan or other hard cheese, grated

1/4 – 1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2-1 cup olive oil

*Zest* and juice of 1 lemon

1 Tomato chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Add garlic scapes, arugula, cheese, *zest* and nuts to a food processor and begin to process. Add the oil and lemon juice gradually until you have the consistency you prefer, from very thick to rather thin. Adjust the amount of garlic scapes to your taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook pasta al dente and drain, reserving about a cup of pasta water. Toss pasta with pesto and chopped tomato, thinning with pasta water to evenly distribute. Top with shredded parmesan and fresh cracked black pepper.

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9 Responses to “Arugula and Garlic Scape Pesto”

  1. Fabulous! I’d never heard of garlic scapes! Wow!

  2. Yummers! This looks amazing 🙂

    Come and share your recipe with the rest of the party…http://inherchucks.com/2012/05/24/whats-in-the-box-27/. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  3. Hope you don’t mind but I linked to this page in my blog post today. It just looked too good not to promote! =)

  4. I also made arugula pesto this week but with regular garlic. It went over pretty well and definitely had some zing.

    • It had more zing than I was expecting, I think next time I would use a bit more olive oil and lemon juice to thin it. Or maybe use it more as a garnish or fish or something. Lots of options to try! Let me know if you have any suggestions! ~Kelly

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