Garlic Scape Pesto

Makes about 4 (4-ounce) jars.

Note: Feel free to vary the herbs, oil, nuts and cheese to suit your taste. To toast the hazelnuts, spread them out on a baking sheet and put into a preheated 250-degree oven until the skins begin to crack and the nuts begin to smell toasty, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and place them in a clean kitchen towel; rub them vigorously to remove the skins. From Beth Dooley.

• 10 to 12 garlic scapes (about 1/4 lb.)

• 1 tbsp. chopped fresh lemon thyme

• 1/3 c. toasted, coarsely chopped hazelnuts (see Note)

• 1/3 c. shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese

• 1/2 tsp. coarse salt

• 10 grinds of black pepper

• 1/3 c. neutral oil or mild olive oil, plus a little extra to cover the jars

Directions

Thoroughly wash and dry 4 small jars. Coarsely chop the garlic scapes (you should have about 1 full cup).

In a food processor or blender, pulse together the scapes, thyme, nuts, cheese, salt and pepper to make a fine, dry texture. With the motor running, slowly add the oil in a steady stream, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides, until you have a smooth paste. If it’s too dry, add a little more oil.

Divide the pesto among the jars, smoothing out the tops with a clean spoon. Drizzle a layer of the oil over the pesto. Screw on the tops and store in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze.

Nutrition information per 1 tablespoon:

Calories 38 Fat 3 g Sodium 47 mg

Carbohydrates 2 g Saturated fat 0 g Calcium 24 mg

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 1 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: ½ fat.