Make This Now: The Simple Pesto We’re Putting on Everything

This recipe has an expiration date because the key ingredient is a fleeting seasonal green. Ramps, also called wild leeks or spring onion, are one of the first woodland plants of spring. Wild foraged (there are no ramp farms) and super pungent, these seasonal edibles inspire a kind of frenzy among food lovers. Try our delicious ramp pesto recipe below and join their ranks.

For a very limited time, you can buy ramps at dartagnan.com.

Ramps make an excellent pesto that’s fresh, vegetal, and garlicky. They are perfect for spring and can be used in many seasonal recipes. Until summer comes and the basil is abundant, use ramp pesto in its place. We want to eat this pesto by the spoonful, but it’s also great for pasta, on sandwiches or toast, as an accent on chicken, fish, or even beef. Be sure you save some to extend the short ramp season (you may want to double or triple the recipe). Simply freeze pesto in an ice cube tray then store cubes in an airtight freezer bag to enjoy for months to come.

Wild Ramp Pesto Recipe

YIELD: MAKE ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS

ramp-pesto-alt.JPGIngredients

  • ½ lb Wild Ramps, cleaned well, bulb ends trimmed
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts or pine nuts
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Separate the ramp leaves from the stalks/bulbs and rough chop. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to just a boil. Blanch the ramp leaves until softened and dark, about 30-40 seconds; remove with a slotted spoon and add to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Rough chop the ramp stalks/bulbs; add them to the food processor along with the walnuts, cheese, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Pulse until finely chopped, then with processor running, add enough olive oil so the mixture comes together and reaches the consistency of pesto. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pesto can be stored with a ¼” of olive oil on top, in a jar in the refrigerator for up to a week, or frozen for 6 months.

Curious about ramps? Get the lowdown here … our all about ramps blog post will fill you in. Order your ramps at dartagnan.com.


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