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Green Garlic Pesto

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Green Garlic Pesto

Green Garlic Pesto

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The young shoots of garlic, commonly called green garlic, is easy to turn into a flavorful spring "pesto" sauce.

This pesto keeps very well, covered and chilled up to 3 days or frozen up to 2 months.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 pound green garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or pistachios
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded Pecorino cheese or other hard, flavorful grating cheese


  1. Trim and discard root ends of green garlic. Finely chop green garlic, rinse thoroughly and pat or spin dry.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook vegetable oil, green garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt until soft, about 3 minutes. Let cool to warm room temperature.
  3. In a blender or food processor, pulse pine nuts or pistachios to chop. Set aside. Add green garlic and process, scraping down sides as necessary, until bright green and smooth. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil. Pulse in reserved nuts and cheese. Taste and add more salt if you like.

Makes enough Green Garlic Pesto to coat 1 pound linguine.

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 3 out of 5
Some ideas for making it even better, Member Cadred1

Substitute a good olive oil for the veg oil to gain the benefits it gives to your heart and health. Veggie oil won't do that and it's bland to boot. Throw in a sprig or two of parsley, some fresh thyme leaves, and a spinach leaf or two to give it additional flavour. What the heck, you could probably throw in some basil leaves if you wanted.

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