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Garlic Scape Pesto with Soba Noodles

Not sure what to do with garlic scapes? Make this garlic scape pesto. It’s a cheesy pesto that serves as a delicious pasta sauce.

I like games. As a kid, the manipulative offer to “time me” from my brother would usually get me to do whatever he wanted solely because I wanted to see how fast I could complete whatever it was or if I could beat my previous time.

It was not from the goodness of my heart.

Friday’s lately feel like the start of a new game.

Bags filled with new CSA goodies are either picked up or dropped off at my house. So far it’s been a lot of greens and fruit.

Stuff that’s easy enough to use without having to think about it.

Garlic scape pesto with soba noodles

Except for these garlic scapes.

garlic scape

I’ve only found and purchased garlic scapes once before, maybe two years ago.

I shoved about 4 of them into a food processor, added some of the basics and came out with a pesto that would kill a vampire from 50 feet away.

Apparently, unlike green onions, garlic scapes are not that much milder than the actual garlic bulb itself. Oops.

Garlic scape pesto

So the game was on.

There were 2 garlic scapes sitting in my produce drawer for 5 days, long after the rest of the CSA goodies had been happily devoured.

My initial plan was to just use them like I would normal garlic in sautés and such throughout the week after the previous pesto incident.

But that just felt like losing.

Letting a potent curly green vegetable beat me. I’m a sore loser (ask Ulysses how our Monopoly date nights used to go) so I decided that wasn’t going to happen.

Next thing I know, it’s lunch time, 1 garlic scape and ricotta found themselves in a food processor and a new type of “pesto” was born.

Garlic scape pesto with soba noodles

No scary vampire defense tactics this time around. Just creamy, garlicky goodness perfect with pasta, as a dip or topped on salads.

I’ve since tried pickling garlic scapes too and that’s another great way to “tame” these wild things!

Garlic scape pesto with soba noodles

Garlic Scape Pesto with Soba Noodles

Yield: 2-3 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Not sure what to do with garlic scapes? Make this garlic scape pesto. It's a cheesy pesto that serves as a delicious pasta sauce.


  • 1 garlic scape
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 lb. soba noodles


  1. Combine garlic scape, 1 tablespoon of the oil, ricotta, parmesan and salt & pepper in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until garlic is finely chopped and combined.
  3. Drizzle in remaining olive oil while continuing to pulse.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Cook soba noodles according to directions, drain reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  6. Return noodles to pot, add as much pesto as desired and toss to fully coat noodles.
  7. Add as much pasta water as needed to thin to create a creamy pesto sauce.
  8. Serve immediately.


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Monday 12th of May 2014

Gina, Thank you for sharing this recipe with me for my Garlic Scape Recipe Round Up! It's now live, and I'm so inspired I cannot wait for my scapes to appear. You can see the round up here: or Pin it for later: Thanks!


Friday 29th of June 2012

This sounds incredible! I have never used garlic scape, but it seems like it's about time that I did!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

Friday 29th of June 2012

Oh wow garlic scape and ricotta pesto sounds heavenly! I'll be looking for garlic scape this weekend!

Jen @ Savory Simple

Friday 29th of June 2012

Wow, I can't wait to try this! I've been trying to figure out what to do with garlic scape as well.


Friday 29th of June 2012

The random produce in a CSA box can really stretch you, BTDT. I like your inventiveness in combining an Eastern noodle with a Western dairy-based sauce-- and using up at least one of your garlic scapes to boot!

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