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Garlic Scape Pesto


  • 1 cup garlic scapes, sliced crosswise (about 10 to 12 scapes)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • Juice of one lemon


  1. Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil and process on high for 15 seconds. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  3. If you’re serving right away, add the basil and lemon juice and process until reaching the desired consistency.
  4. Add salt to taste. If not, hold back on the basil for now- otherwise the pesto will lose its vibrant color. Add generously to cooked spaghetti or spread on crusty bread.