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Pasta with Ramp Pesto

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Pasta with Ramp Pesto
Will Budiaman

Pasta with Ramp Pesto

Ramps, if you've never had them before, are wild leeks that pop up with a very limited season during the spring. They taste a bit like scallions — spicy and pungent, but with fresh herbal notes. The leaves form a deep green pesto that's got more kick than any other pesto you've probably tasted, even arugula. So, a little goes a long way then. Use with caution.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches ramps, green parts only
  • 3/4 Cups grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 Cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3/4 Cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Pound pasta, cooked, for serving

Directions

Combine the ramps, cheese, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. With the machine running, slowly stream in the olive oil until a smooth paste is formed. Toss the desired amount with the cooked pasta and serve.