Lovage Pesto


Lovage tastes like cardamom and celery had a baby. If you can't find lovage, increase basil to 1 3/4 cups and add 1 1/2 cups celery leaves. Recipe by Chef/Farmer Stacey Givens of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, Portland, OR.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
about 1 2/3 cups


  • 1 stalk green garlic (see Tip) or 2 large cloves garlic

  • ½ cup Marcona almonds

  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh lovage

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil , divided

  • ¼ cup fresh basil

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine garlic and almonds in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping down the sides once. Add lovage, 1/2 cup oil, basil and cheese. Process until coarsely chopped. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and the remaining 1/2 cup oil. Process, scraping down the sides once or twice, until coarsely chopped. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Tip: Green garlic, aka spring, new or young garlic, is garlic that hasn't fully matured. Look for bunches with long white or purple bases, intact roots and dark green leaves. Prep like a leek and use to give both a mild garlic and an onion flavor to salads, sauces, soups and pastas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
11g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Serving Size 1 Tbsp.
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Vitamin A 246IU 5%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 45mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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