Flavorful and delightfully pungent garlic scapes are a lovely seasonal replacement for garlic in your pasta. This recipe is based on a traditional pesto, but the garlic scapes, cream, and goat cheese give it more depth and texture.
- 1 pound dry pasta
- 3-4 cups packed spinach
- 1 cup chopped garlic scapes
- 1 handful of parsley
- 1 handful of basil
- ¼ cup of goat cheese
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup of heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
- Place a pan over high heat.
- Without any oil, put your garlic scapes in the hot pan to get a good char on them. Once charred, add a spoonful of olive oil to finish cooking them.
- Transfer to a food processor and pulse with the herbs and cheese
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt heavily.
- Put the pasta in to cook.
- Wash and dry your spinach and tear or cut into large pieces.
- When the pasta is done, dip out a mug of pasta water before draining.
- Return the pasta to the pot. Over low heat, toss the pasta with the spinach.
- Add in the reserved pasta water, butter, cream, and garlic scape mixture.
- Cook on medium heat until the sauce is viscous and glazes the pasta.
- Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil.