Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto – Nut Free


So, we are inundated with garlic! The day I dreamed of is finally here – harvest day. Okay, so we’ve been harvesting herbs for a little bit, but the garlic, the garlic is here!

I am going to go on record saying that garlic was the best gardening decision I ever made (so far). And I plan on doubling my crop next year! I already placed my Green Mountain Garlic order. Scapes all around!

Spring veggies make a mean pasta dish. Top it off with a fresh, homemade pesto and you’ve just about reached perfection.

I grabbed some asparagus from Tosy’s farm the other day (I just planted the roots for mine this year), harvested some scapes and basil and whipped up a quick and easy dinner.

The only issue we have with pesto is that traditionally it is made with nuts. Since H man is allergic I made it with sunflower seeds that were processed in a nut-free facility instead and it turned out just as delish. But feel free to substitute pine nuts instead if you desire. :)

Here’s my recipe:

Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto – Nut Free


  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Add all ingredients to your food processor. If needed, add more olive oil by the Tbsp. Blend until smooth. Add to your pasta dish and you're ready to enjoy!

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I love pesto and garlic and this sounds delicious. Thank you! I can’t wait to be able to grow my own! Sunflower seeds are a great substitute. I occasionally use Hempseed since we can’t have nuts either. Going to give sunflower seeds a try.
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  2. I am so totally making this! We also have nut allergies. Great idea to use sunflower seeds.
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