So summer is officially here and so is my local farmers market. Even though it is still early in the growing season for Vermont we have had quite a nice bounty. The local farmers have also been dropping off their goods to our local coop so I don’t have to wait all week! A while back I just happened to stumble on a bunch of beautiful ramps. Without even thinking I grabbed 2! Knowing the season is super short I just had to grab them without even thinking about what to make. When I got home I laid them out on the counter. What to do? PESTO!
Ramp Pesto with Asparagus tossed with Spaghetti
1 bunch wild ramps (leaves an d bulbs)
handful blanched almonds (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
enough olive oil to bring it all together plus 1 T.
1 bunch Asparagus cut in 1 inch pieces
1 lb spaghetti
In a blender place first 4 ingredients with the motor running stream in enough olive oil till the sauce comes together . Set aside. Make pasta to package directions. While that is boiling heat up a sauté pan with about 1 T. olive oil and quickly sauté the asparagus until tender crisp or however you like them. Add cooked pasta to sauté pan with asparagus and toss. With heat off mix in the pesto thoroughly, add some pasta water if you need to thin it out and gently heat the pesto. Serve immediately with some fresh parm!
This is a really yummy, satisfying, fresh and pretty dish! I served it for company and everyone loved it. It went great with both the chardonnay and pinot noir I served plus since we all ate it the garlic breathe was canceled out!