This weeks feature for the Sunday Supper is a garlic scape pesto. While we made this a few weeks back, we never got the opportunity to share it with you. This variation on the classic pesto has a such a wonderful unique garlic flavor it it has become one of our favorites over the past couple years for pesto pastas, pizza bases, and marinades.
There are seven ingredients to this pesto and we've always done it to taste rather than with exact quantities. The seven ingredients are:
1. Garlic Scapes
3. Olive Oil
4. Fresh Ground Pepper
5. Sea Salt
6. Red Pepper Flakes
7. Pine Nuts
We usually use equal amounts garlic scapes and basil. If your using approximately one pound of each then a good place to start is with 1.5 cups olive oil, 3 tbsp salt and pepper, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes and 1 cup pine nuts.
Add garlic scapes to food processor and blend. Next, add basil and blend adding olive oil as necessary to puree basil and scapes. Once basil and scapes are pureed add the pine nuts, red pepper, salt, and pepper mixing together well. Taste and adjust as necessary.
This freezes really well and can be stored and used throughout the winter. For those not growing their own garlic, scapes sometimes can be found at farmers markets and co-ops. It's also a great reason to start growing your own garlic!