Garlic Scape Pesto and Mushroom Pizza

Ever since I had my first taste of garlic scape pesto last summer, I have been obsessed. I couldn’t wait for garlic scape season to roll around so that I could make more pesto.

So, as soon as I found a stand at the farmer’s market that had bunches of garlic scapes, I stocked up and bought two bunches. They were large bunches, too. I had no idea when I would find more garlic scapes, and I was taking no chances! That evening, I made a big batch of pesto (using only one of the bunches of scapes), and the hubby and I devoured it on some homemade sourdough bread. It was fabulous. But, I still had a big bunch of scapes in the fridge!

Naturally, after the big scape stockpile, what arrives in our CSA box the following week? If you’re thinking garlic scapes, you’d be right! And, of course, it was an even bigger bunch than the one I had hanging out in the fridge. I was in scape heaven!

So, over the past few weeks, we’ve been eating lots of dishes made with garlic scapes and garlic scape pesto. Of course, that means you’ll be seeing quite a few recipes here on the site that use garlic scapes.  That’s perfectly fine with me, because I just love the flavor… And, I hope you will too!

This pizza couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s just packed with flavor.  It was inspired by this Portobello Pesto Pizza from Brown Eyed Baker that I spotted a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would have to use some garlic scape pesto to make a pizza of my own.  If you already have the pesto on hand (and, I recommend making some and just dipping some good crusty bread in it!), this pizza will come together in no time. Even if you have to make the pesto (which was the case at my house since I had already devoured the previous batch), it’s an easy dish that is sure to please!

Garlic Scape Pesto and Mushroom Pizza
(Makes 1 large pizza, inspired by Brown Eyed Baker)

Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven an preheat to 475°. If necessary, prepare the garlic scape pesto.

On a large piece of parchment paper, spread the pizza dough out to be as thick or thin as you like.  Spread the pesto on top of the dough.  Then, top with the mozzarella and grana padano cheeses, and arrange the mushrooms on the top of the pizza.  Sprinkle the pizza seasoning (or Italian seasoning) on top of the pizza.

Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza (still on the parchment paper) to the preheated pizza stone.  Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until the pizza crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

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19 Responses to Garlic Scape Pesto and Mushroom Pizza
  1. JenniferA
    July 7, 2011 | 7:47 am

    I had my first ever garlic scapes this year! I love them now too. They are gone already from my CSA though. Might have to check the farmers market to see if there are any so I can make this!

  2. megan @ whatmegansmaking
    July 7, 2011 | 7:57 am

    oh yum!!! Now I feel as though I’ve wasted my garlic scapes on lesser dishes. I am going to be checking the farmer’s market for more because I don’t think I can go a whole year without trying this pizza!

  3. Leslie Rayner
    July 7, 2011 | 8:05 am

    This pizza recipe sounds great & thanks for the Pesto recipe for using the CSA garlic scapes! I’m excited about the parchment paper tip for baking pizza on a stone – fabulous idea!!I haven’t used my stone in a long time due to lack of success getting it on & off without squishing or sticking!

  4. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    July 7, 2011 | 8:08 am

    That pesto sounds great, I need to find me some garlic scapes!

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    July 7, 2011 | 8:17 am

    Time for me to find garlic scapes! This pizza looks delicious.

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food
    July 7, 2011 | 8:55 am

    I have no doubt that the earthiness of the mushrooms pairs brilliantly with the garlic scape! So beautiful! Glad we are blog twins today!

  7. Paula
    July 7, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Well, if you ever decide to get out of IT you can always open a pizza shop! You always post the most amazing looking pizzas.

  8. Tracy
    July 7, 2011 | 11:09 am

    I am loving this pizza! This would be a great pizza to grill, too! Here’s hoping I get some garlic scapes in my CSA. :-)

  9. Nutmeg Nanny
    July 7, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    This looks amazing! I have some garlic scapes in my fridge right now too. Unfortunately I was only given two…I don’t get what I’m supposed to do with two. Hopefully I will get a bigger bunch and can make this amazing pizza!!!

  10. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
    July 7, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    That is one beautiful pizza, Jen! Gotta pick up some scapes.

  11. The Teacher Cooks
    July 7, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    I have never had garlic scapes. Will look for them because your pizza looks delicious and the pesto sounds great with bread.

  12. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 7, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    Looks incredible! I love putting pesto on pizza and your garlic scape pesto sounds amazing. And I love mushrooms. I think I need to try these next time we have pizza :D

  13. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    July 8, 2011 | 12:28 am

    Garlic scapes, garlic scapes…everywhere but HERE. I know a friend got some in her CSA box but I haven’t seen any and you and Brian have made it a day to REALLY want some. On pizza. I told Brian (I think) and it’s true. I haven’t had red sauce on a pizza in years…this is so much more my style; looks yummalicious Jen!

  14. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    July 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    Oh I absolutely LOVE garlic scapes and they will be over by the time I get home. I will live vicariously through this beautiful post – what a great looking pizza!

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  16. bridget {bake at 350}
    August 20, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    Mouth. Watering.

  17. Madison @ Fat Burning Furnace
    January 11, 2012 | 5:24 pm

    Looks like a nice diversion of the regular pizza that we all get sick of, or I do anyway! I’m going to make this as soon as I have all the ingredients when I grocery shop next time.

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