This garlic scape pesto avocado pasta is a healthy, vegetarian dinner the the entire family will love.

Have you ever tried cooking with garlic scapes? They’re the beautiful, tentacle-shaped flower stems of the garlic plant and they pack a strong flavor punch. I was a bit thrown off by them at first because they can be tough and fibrous. But a little experimentation was all I needed to become a fan. Garlic scapes are wonderful when sliced thin and sautéed with vegetables. They also make an excellent base for pesto.

This garlic scape pesto avocado pasta is a healthy, vegetarian dinner the the entire family will love.

This pesto is very strong by itself, which is why I like to combine a few tablespoons with an avocado to create a creamy pasta sauce. The avocado softens the intensity of the garlic flavor and creates a smooth coating for pasta. It’s a lovely, light vegetarian dinner option.

Creamy Avocado Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto
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Serves: 8 servings
garlic scape pesto
  • 1 cup chopped garlic scapes
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • ½ cup packed arugula
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ½ cup pecorino romano or parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
for the pasta
  • 1 pound pasta of choice (I used thin spaghetti)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tablespoons garlic scape pesto
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  1. To prepare the pesto, combine the garlic scapes, mint, basil, arugula, salt and pine nuts in a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are all chopped and then scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the machine running, add the olive oil until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook to pasta according to package instructions.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, add the avocado, 3 tablespoons pesto, almond milk, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a blender. Puree until smooth.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving about ¼ cup of pasta water. Toss the cooked pasta together with the avocado pesto sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
The garlic scape pesto recipe yields approximately 1 cup (enough to prepare this pasta dish 5 times). Pesto can be frozen in 3 tablespoon portions and then thawed for a quick and easy dinner.


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  • Julia @Vikalinka

    I love the originality of this dish! My mom used to flavour boiled new potatoes with butter and scapes when I was growing up. It does have quite a strong flavour and I am sure avocado softens it a bit. Does avocado turn brown in the sauce?

    • Jennifer Farley

      The lemon juice keeps the avocados from oxidizing

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried garlic scapes (!). But I do LOVE me some avocado pasta, so I’ll have to try this ASAP!


    Jennifer, these photos are just gorgeous! And the recipe just as enticing.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Beautiful, love the creamy sauce!

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

    I love cooking with garlic scapes and this dish looks wonderful!

  • Matt Robinson

    I love the flavors in this and your photos are simply beautiful, as always!

  • Millie

    This looks amazing Jennifer – love the sound of the creamy avocado!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    I looove avocado pasta. This sounds lovely with the pesto!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I am so intrigued with this garlic scape pesto! Looks amazing!

  • mila furman

    Ahhh not only are your pictures gorgeous but now you have me craving this utterly delicioso pasta! Gorgeous and an absolute must to try! You have been pinned lady! :)


    I love the concentrated flavor of garlic scape – great idea to temper it;s punch with avocado.

  • Kate @ Diethood

    This looks seriously incredible!! LOVE the flavors!

  • Ashley

    I love garlic scapes but haven’t cooked with them in way too long! Loving the sound of this pasta and perfect for summer.

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen

    I’m in love with these photos! I’ve cooked a couple of times with garlic scapes, as they are hard to come by. This pesto sounds amazing.

  • Kitchen Belleicious

    garlic scape pesto? WHAT! Did i hear you right? that sounds amazing. Oh i love my pasta but even more I love my pesto. I can’t wait to try this

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I will have to try scapes sometime, they look like so much fun to cook with!

  • Laura Dembowski

    I’ve only had the chance to work with garlic scapes once but I’d love to again. They sound like a nice addition to the pesto.