Bucatini with Ramps and Pangrattato

Bucatini with Ramps and Pangrattato
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Bucatini with Ramps and Pangrattato
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Bucatini with Ramps and Pangrattato

This is my favorite vegetable. Ramps show up early and often on our menu, but no option is more popular than this dish. Pangrattato, if you've never had it before, is a topping made with old bread, spiced up with a little chile and rounded out with some anchovy for some richness. It's the perfect accompaniment to this pasta dish.

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4
Servings
1117
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pangrattato

  • 2 Cups extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 quart dried or stale bread, torn into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black, to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 small chile (Fresno or Thai), diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 salted anchovy in oil, diced

For the bucatini

  • 6 quarts water
  • 2 Tablespoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Pound bucatini
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 6 Ounces ramps, leaves cut in half and stems diced finely
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Directions

For the pangrattato

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the dried bread pieces, making sure the bread is completely coated with a little oil to spare (add more oil if necessary). Toss the bread with salt and pepper, to taste, constantly stirring until golden brown and crispy. 

Add the remaining ingredients and toss until the garlic begins to brown. Line a baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and place on the baking sheet. Place in the oven to dry out the bread, for at least 45 minutes.

For the bucatini

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat and add the salt. Cook the bucatini. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and brown. Then, remove the cloves with a slotted spoon, leaving the oil in the pan.

Add the ramp stems to the pan. Sauté, but be careful not to brown. Season with red pepper flakes and black pepper, to taste, and add the ramp leaves. Add a ladleful of pasta water to the pan and set aside.

Once the pasta is al dente, add the bucatini to the sauté pan, making sure to reserve some of the cooking water and raise the heat. Add about ½ cup or so of pasta water to the sauté pan and continue to cook the pasta so that it absorbs all of the flavor. 

Once the pasta water has almost completely evaporated, add the butter and swirl the pan until the sauce is emulsified. Add the Parmesan, season with salt, to taste, and toss. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls. Serve with additional grated cheese and top with the pangrattato.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
118g
100%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
22mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
13g
10%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
82µg
12%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
74µg
82%
Calcium, Ca
305mg
31%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
201mg
29%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
416mg
28%
Water
60g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Ramp Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Ramp Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.