Garlic Scape Pesto on Spinach Linguine


This is a light and fresh alternative to traditional pesto. Garlic scapes have a more mild garlic flavor. You can often find them at your farmers market, and they are inexpensive.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package spinach linguine

  • ½ pint grape tomatoes, cut into thirds

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup garlic scapes, chopped

  • cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • cooking spray

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

  2. While pasta boils, process grape tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, garlic scapes, olive oil, basil leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Prepare a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook spinach leaves in hot skillet until slightly wilted, about 3 minutes; add drained linguine and pesto sauce. Cook and stir to coat linguine is sauce and until everything is hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
14g Fat
10g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 22mg 112%
Calcium 150mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 434mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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