5 Dishes To Ramp Up Your Menu

The mad dash for ramps wouldn’t make any sense if there weren’t some seriously amazing dishes backing it up. Whether added to an old school stalwart like pasta carbonara or a classy pesto, ramps punch way above their weight. Try cooking a few of these to see for yourself!

Ramp Carbonara

How do you make spaghetti carbonara even better? Add ramps of course! Even though ramps are native to North America, their flavor profile is in line with classic Italian ingredients like onions and garlic. This means that you can use them to create a dish that’s simultaneously familiar and experimental. Better yet, the mixture of ramps, pancetta, and eggs create a cohesion of flavors that’s out of this world. 

Ramp Pesto

Pesto is the besto. Honestly, we love putting pesto on everything from pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta, but it can get boring without the occasional experiment. Ramp pesto isn’t an alternative to traditional pesto, but more-so a reimagining; it includes everything we love about pesto while adding a crisp, garlicky bite. 

  • Pro Tip: Keep it classy by spreading your ramp pesto on roasted lamb!

Pickled Ramps

Every year, we anguished over the end of the ramp season until we found a way to keep the deliciousness going all year round. Pickling your ramps skyrockets their shelf-life and allows you to make use of their complex flavor well into the year. Although their garlicky flavor excels when combined with vinegar, you can expand on the flavor profile even further by adding cumin, fennel, or even red pepper into the pickling mixture.

Ramp Pizza

In the last few years, chefs have been upping their pizza game, so it takes something special to stand apart from the crowd. Roasted ramps are a fantastic alternative to roasted garlic on pizzas, plus you can use leftover leaves for a double dose of ramp flavor. In terms of complimentary toppings, we’d recommend staying in the Italian pantheon; cured meats like pepperoni, salami, and pancetta are all excellent options.

  • Pro Tip: Use a combination of parmesan and mozzarella cheese to bring creamy and sharp flavors to your pizza!

Grilled Ramps

We love grilled ramps so much that we wrote an entire article about them. With their rewarding texture, complex flavor, and beautiful presentation, we know that you’ll love them too. Don’t just serve them as a side dish though; grilled ramps can be an excellent accompaniment to salmon or pork dishes!