Garlic scapes are thick-stemmed curlicues that grow from the root of a hard-necked variety of garlic. They Garlic scapes have a mild and sweet garlic aroma and flavor. You can prepare them in ways similar to green onions, or get creative with a scape-based pesto and hummus.
Farm fresh garlic scapes are paired with a pound of green asparagus in this creamy, yet light, summertime gluten-free soup.
Grill the asparagus and scapes with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a smoky, summer flavor. When tender, blend the vegetables together in broth simmered with bay leaf and a hint of red pepper flakes. Alternatively, you can sauté the scapes and asparagus instead of grilling.
This Gluten-Free Garlic Scape Soup is silky smooth, but still has texture from the heartiness of the grilled asparagus and scapes. Each ladle is filled with the warmth and green of summer.
- Preheat grill on medium-high.
- In a large bowl, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over asparagus and garlic scapes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss until coated.
- Place the asparagus and garlic scapes in a grilling veggie basket (or, grill whole and slice into 1" pieces afterward. Alternatively, you can also sauté in a large skillet until bright green and tender). Place the veggie basket in the center of the grill, then close the grill lid. Cook for about 20 minutes, tossing occasionally until the vegetables are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
- While the vegetables are grilling, combine the gluten-free vegetable broth, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- When the vegetables are done grilling, add them to the stock pot of broth. Bring to a boil and cook 1-2 minutes more. Remove pot from heat. Remove bay leaf from the broth and discard.
- With an immersion blender - or with a regular blender working in batch - blend the soup until smooth.
- Divide soup into large bowls and top with gluten-free crackers or homemade gluten-free croutons. Serve immediately.
Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels - not all brands are created equal. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.