Meatless Monday: Garlic Scapes and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

I love this time of year. Wandering around – there is so much more color to be found at the vegetable market. While wandering HMart, I was excited to see bundles of garlic scapes. In the past, I have chopped them up and added them to stir fries, sauteed veggies, and salads. I decided to make a pesto out of it this time. I thought that it would go well with some sun dried tomatoes I had that needed to be used up. This pesto comes together fast with the help of a food processor.

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Garlic Scapes and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Ingredients:

1 small bunch of garlic scapes (about 6 or 7)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup parsley or basil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 olive oil
kosher salt
ground pepper

Cut up the scapes in to manageable pieces and place in the bowl of your food processor.

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Add in the sun dried tomatoes, basil, lemon juice and pine nuts.

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Pulse a few times.

Add in the parmesan cheese.

With the food processor at a low-medium speed, pour in the olive oil.

Taste a bit.

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Add in some salt and pepper to taste.

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For dinner tonight, I served the pesto with some white beans and broccoli over pasta. Delightful dinner.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08190669459184539805 Avital

    That sounds like an amazing dinner! I’ve never cooked with garlic scapes, but they look like scallions. Can you use them the same way?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14002068225296668716 Hindy

    In some applications, it would work similar to scallions. It’s a different texture though, and a bolder taste. I have used it in salads just like scallions. And certainly in stir fries.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10577424776201446493 Busy In Brooklyn

    I’ve never used garlic scapes before. This looks like the perfect way to start. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01936251594597673408 juliasteiner

    Ok I cook A TON and I’ve never even heard of garlic scapes! Is this a regional thing? I am in Florida and between you and Allaya I am getting quite an education!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14002068225296668716 Hindy

    Julia, scapes are part of the garlic plant. Wherever garlic grows – one would find the scapes. Can you find fresh garlic at your farmers markets?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14467922171200791143 allaya

    Sounds like a winner to me! Love the sun dried tomatoes. It reminds me of a Sicilian pesto made with fresh tomatoes and almonds. 🙂

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