Ramp and Pea Pesto

Yield: 6 Cups

8 Cups Roughly Chopped Ramp Leaves

2 1/2 Cups Peas, Fresh or Frozen

1 Cup Sliced Almonds

1 Cup Finely Grated Manchego Cheese

2 Teaspoons Lemon Grove Seasoning

1  1/2 Teaspoon Cracked Green Peppercorns

1/2 Teaspoon French Grey Salt

1 1/2 - 2 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Once you try this, it is quite possible that you will never try another pesto again. This is just that wonderful! We make it in the spring when the ramps – a.k.a. wild leeks – are in their prime. They are difficult to find, because they are wild and cannot be sold in the supermarket. But in recent years they have gained quite a reputation for their spring freshness and flavor, so it is now possible to find them in farmers’ markets in early June. We harvest ours from the woods next to the farm (we use the leaves for this pesto, and dry the bulbs). No matter where you find them, you will be impressed by their incredible flavor – a cross between garlic and scallions, but less pungent and sweeter. We love to pair them with fresh peas to make this pesto. It freezes very well, so we always make a large batch. We divide the finished pesto into 1 cup airtight containers, and  cover them completely with extra olive oil to seal in color, flavor, and texture. Freeze, and enjoy the freshness of springtime throughout the year!

 

Carefully wash and dry leeks. Roughly chop leaves and place in bowl of food processor.

 

Add all ingredients except the olive oil and pulse until mixture is fine.  Continue to pulse as you add the olive oil, a little at a time, until you have reached the desired consistency.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Lemon Grove
Seasoning

Zesty and aromatic, this

blend is one of our favorites!

It's great with chicken, seafood, fresh green vegetables, sauces, marinades, & remoulades. We're sure that once you've tried it, you'll make it one of your "go-to" ingredients. 

Lemon Grove Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Green
Peppercorns
Green peppercorns are
harvested from the pepper
vine before the berries have reached their full maturity, resulting in a zestier flavor than that of black or white peppercorns. Chefs use them when they are seeking a lighter, cleaner, and fresher taste from their pepper.
Green Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen
French Grey
Sea Salt
With its artisanal, Old World
appeal, French Grey sea salt is a favorite of professional chefs. Hand harvested from mineral-rich salt beds, we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen