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Charred Garlic Scape Pasta

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


  1. Place a pan over high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer to a food processor and pulse with the herbs and cheese
  4. Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt heavily.
  5. Put the pasta in to cook.
  6. Wash and dry your spinach and tear or cut into large pieces.
  7. When the pasta is done, dip out a mug of pasta water before draining.
  8. Return the pasta to the pot. Over low heat, toss the pasta with the spinach.
  9. Add in the reserved pasta water, butter, cream, and garlic scape mixture.
  10. Cook on medium heat until the sauce is viscous and glazes the pasta.
  11. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil.