Ramps Pesto

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 15mins
YIELD: 1/2 cup




  • Cut the greens off of the ramps.
  • Dice the bulbs into ¼-inch pieces.
  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Have a bowl of ice water next to the stove. Drop the greens into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Lift the greens out of the water with a strainer and plunge them immediately into the ice water. Drain and squeeze dry. If they are still moist, roll them up into a kitchen towel and twist the ends tightly to squeeze out all of the excess moisture.
  • Coarsely chop the greens and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Add the ramp bulbs, ¼ teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
  • Stir together and cook until the bulbs are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Place the ramp greens and bulbs in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Pulse a few times to chop them together, then process continuously for 1 minute.
  • Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Process for 1 more minutes, or until the ramp mixture is very finely chopped.
  • Add the pine nuts, Parmesan, remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and lemon juice and process until smooth.
  • Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and/or lemon juice as needed.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.