I almost always serve garlic scape pesto over gnocchi. I love gnocchi. I love how it stands up to the garlic-y garlic scape pesto. It's perfect together, if you ask me. But, the best gnocchi in the world is from Fior d'Italia. They sell at Farmer's Markets all over the region, but I just haven't caught them yet this summer. It's early, and most markets open this coming week. So no gnocchi in the house.
But I had garlic scapes. What to do? I decided to make a cold pasta salad with garlic scape pesto.
I've previously posted a garlic scape pesto recipe, though quite honestly, I don't really follow a recipe any more. Just toss into the food processor: garlic scapes. Drizzle in extra virgin olive oil and pulse until broken down. Add in herbs of your choice. This time I did fresh basil (lots) and mint (just a few leaves--it's a strong flavor so just use a few for a really interesting undertone). Drizzle in some more olive oil and pulse some more until the herbs are broken down. Add a ton of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Add more olive oil if you need. Toss in a little salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice. Whiz it all up again, adjusting any ingredients if necessary. I hate to give quantities, since it really depends on how many garlic scapes you start with.
Anyway, what I'm really posting here is a recipe for garlic scape pesto pasta salad, so I'm just going to assume you've followed the instructions above, or followed the link, or made your own scape pesto. Oh, especially because I should note that due to nut allergies in the house, we do a nut-free pesto. You might be nuttier than us, though. Knock yourself out! Throw in walnuts, or pine nuts, or whatever nuts you want. I'm jealous.
Pasta of your choice. I used orecchiette today.
Prepared Garlic Scape Pesto
Any other veggies you have around or think would be good in a cold pasta salad
Squeeze of lemon
Extra freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water after cooking and transfer to a large bowl.
Stir in enough garlic scape pesto to get everything nice and green and coated.
Add some diced avocado and cooked corn. Plus whatever other veggies you think go in a pasta salad. Some cherry tomatoes would have been nice, but I didn't have any.
Squeeze some lemon on top and gently stir it all together. Garnish with some Parmesan cheese.
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