Sunday, July 3, 2011

ramps! ramps! ramps!

on our road trip through west virginia this spring, we noticed an interesting phenomenon: pickup trucks parked on the side of the road with bearded gentlemen standing next to handmade signs that said "ramps: 3 bunches for $5". we had no idea what a ramp was.  we got home from our road trip and googled.  apparently it's an onion-like vegetable.  we love onions. how did we not know about this?
our adventures with ramps begin:

Pasta with Ramps
RAMPS (one bunch or about 8)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
red chili flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
pasta of your choosing (we used whole wheat rotini)

This newly discovered vegetable is apparently a dirty one. So clean your ramps and chop off the root end.
Slice off the green tops, roughly chop them, and set aside.
Thinly slice the white/pinkish ends.
Saute the white/pinkish part in olive oil and garlic until soft.
Add red chili flakes, salt and pepper.
Add the green portion of the ramps.
Saute until wilted.
Toss in your cooked pasta.

Serve with roasted asparagus to accentuate fresh, spring flavors.

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