Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ramp Pesto

If you are lucky enough to have a way to get your hands on some Ramps, this Wild Ramp Pesto is a favorite of ours.  This recipe is just a starting point. I always adjust it depending on my mood, and ingredients on hand. 

This is great added to pasta, or any other dish you would use with a pesto. 

I often freeze the pesto in small portion sizes so I can pull some out during the off season and enjoy it in a dish.

Wild Ramp Pesto

1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 ounces ramps ( I only use the greens)
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 tsp salt

In large skillet heat 2 Tablespoon olive oil. Add ramps, and saute until just wilted. Set aside to cool.

Add cooled ramps and remaining ingredients to food processor. Puree until almost smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.


  1. Yum! I've never heard of ramps - but we do love pesto and I think we would enjoy this too! We also make garlic scape pesto, it's delicious! Thanks for sharing - and teaching me something I didn't know about before :)

  2. Kris....what a fabulous use of ramps! My office manager brought me ramps today. But I've never tried them before. I think this is the place to start! I think this would be awesome with pasta! : )

  3. Hi,
    This is great! Thank you for sharing. I am excited to give it a try.

  4. Oh my, this looks so good, my friend! I've never heard of ramps.... Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  5. Yay for a fellow ramp lover! Every year I get so excited for them to come into season. This look pesto looks absolutely fantastic!