Dishing Up the Dirt

garlic scape pesto and egg toast


Christmas came early at Tumbleweed Farm! We were halfway through our morning harvest when something caught my eye.


With an armful of kale I stopped dead in my tracks when I noticed something beautiful popping up in our garlic patch.

Garlic scapes!


Broken backs, hamstrings beyond repair, dirt in every crevice of our bodies….We don’t care, garlic scapes are here!!!


Obviously Henry is pretty excited as well!

We thought our garlic scapes were still a week away from being ready. I have never been so happy to be wrong! One of my favorite things to make in the springtime is garlic scape pesto. If you have not tried this yet, you have no excuse now! Swing by your local farmers market and pick up a bunch of garlic scapes and get your pesto making skills on. We enjoyed our first batch of pesto on toast, but this would taste awesome on pasta, pizza, or fresh veggies! Dig in.


Garlic Scape Pesto And Soft Boiled Egg Toast

Prep Time: 5 min    Cook Time: 10 min    Serves: 2

  • 1 bunch of garlic scapes (about 10 scapes) chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 small bunch of basil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 2 eggs
  • garnishes of your choice; pickled hot peppers, cheese, sun dried tomatoes


  1. In a food processor pulse the garlic scapes, walnuts, parmesan cheese, basil and lemon juice. With the motor running slowly add the oil. Taste test and season with salt and pepper if need be.
  2. Fill a saucepan halfway with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer and gently lower eggs into the water. Cook for 5-7 minutes. 5 minutes for a runny yoke and 7 minutes for a yoke that is barely set. Rinse eggs under cold water and carefully peel off shell. Slice in half.
  3. Toast bead
  4. Spread pesto over toasted bread. Top with eggs, cheese and garnishes of choice. Enjoy!


Use this recipe as a guide and taste test as you go!

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14 thoughts on “garlic scape pesto and egg toast

  1. lisa fine says:

    Yummo! This looks awesome – I love eggs, and I love pesto, but haven’t tried them together. We’ll have to try this with the container basil parts we just started outside.

    1. Andrea says:

      Ditto on the love for both eggs and pesto. The marriage between the two is priceless!!!

  2. Never have I ever tried garlic scapes! Hoping to get some in our CSA box this summer to experiment with! This recipe will be first on the list 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      If you send me your address I will overnight you some scapes lady! You can send me your address under my contact section. They are the BEST!!!!

  3. Alana Barton says:

    I loved the creativity of your post and recipe. It would have never occurred to me to make pesto out of garlic scapes. By the way, Henry looks like quite the gentleman.

    1. Andrea says:

      Alana, the scapes make a great pesto!!! And yes, Henry really is a gentlemen. (Of course we are a little biased!)

  4. I´ve never tried garlic scapes, but any pesto is my friend! And it looks so darn good on toast with an egg!

    1. Andrea says:

      Paula, if you find scapes where you are definitely give them a try. They are such a special treat in the springtime! And I’m with ya, I haven’t met a pesto I haven’t liked!

  5. Pattie says:

    I can’t wait to try the pesto! Thanks for sharing. Also, what beautiful radishes! They look amazing!

  6. Vicki says:

    Andrea, I just had this for breakfast. I was so sad when it was gone! Fab. U. Lous! I saw garlic scapes for the first time ever last Saturday at our farmers market and bought them knowing you would have something good for me to make with them. I wasn’t disappointed. The pesto is oh so good! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you loved the recipe!

      1. Vicki says:

        My husband and I are leaving Tuesday morning for Portland to vacation with our daughter and her husband. I’m hoping we get to the Migration the following Tuesday while you’re delivering your CSA shares. It would be a highlight to meet you and thank you in person for all the delicious foods you share with us. Keeping my fingers crossed!

        1. Andrea says:

          We would love to meet you! We’ll be at Migration on Tuesday from 4-6pm!

          1. Vicki says:

            Thanks for the times. We would have surely missed you.

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