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Ramps and Grape Tomatoes with Fettuccini

April 29, 2013

If you live on the East Coast, ramps might be an item that you would see at a farmer’s market and not be sure what to do with it. Ramps are a regional treat, and have a garlicky-onion flavor. However, their flavor is delicate, so try to let the ingredient shine, don’t drown it. Ramps season is short from April- June, so try to catch them at the farmers market next weekend.

Ramps Fettuccini

Last Saturday, we made our weekly visit to the Falls Church Farmers Market, a cook’s heaven and toddler’s paradise,  we made a meal purely of food purchased there. We used Cavanna pasta and our crusty Italian bread was from Grace’s Pastries. When we made the dish, we opted for chunky breadcrumbs. If you want your noodles coated with breadcrumbs, which I highly recommend, run them through the food processor after toasting on the stove top. We opted for chunky breadcrumbs this time because, why not?

Ramps and Grape Tomatoes with Fettuccini

  • 2 cups of fresh bread, chopped
  • salt/pepper/ olive oil1 bunch of ramps
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 lb fettuccini
  • 1 cup of pasta water

1. Toss your chopped bread in a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Then toast them in a large saute pan. Once they are crisp, remove them.

Ramps and Breadcrumbs Fettuccini-

2. Separating the bulb from the leaf, chop up the ramps. Keep the parts in separate piles.

3. Heat up a pot of water for the pasta.

4. In the saute pan, drizzle olive oil and add the ramps over medium heat. When they seem to be simmering, add the grape tomatoes. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

5. When the tomatoes appear cooked to your preference, for us it was ten minutes, add the fettuccini to the water (cook for 2 minutes if the pasta is fresh, and according to the box if dried). Add the ramp leaves with just two minutes left to cook the pasta.

5. Stir in the breadcrumbs to the tomatoes, one cup of pasta water, and add in the pasta. Serve warm.

Ramps Fettucini-

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 29, 2013 11:17 am

    I’ve been on the lookout for ramps, hopefully they show up in Philly this week !

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