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While I am building the plan for Week One, I thought I would post this while Wild Garlic is still about.

Wild garlic pesto

A couple of weeks ago I tried something new. I am lucky enough to have a bit of garden, and in part of it, I have allowed a patch of ramsons, or wild garlic, to spread (it would take over if you let it). They are still in season at the moment and in many woods, free for the picking.
I looked up recipes using them and found one on the River Cottage website for Wild Garlic Pesto. And OMG it is GORGEOUS! AND it only cost 29p for a huge bowl of Pesto Pasta.

wild garlic flowers

This is Wild Garlic or Ramsons, growing in my garden. They have fleshy, triangular leaves and smell strongly of garlic. Easier to spot in the woods when they have the pretty white flowers too

And here is one of the many, positively frantic, bees, collecting pollen in the flowers

wild garlic flower

And here is one of the many, positively frantic, bees, collecting pollen in the flowers

Anyway, using the ingredients specified in the recipe (Asda cheapest) worked out at £1.86 for 370g, which is a huge jam jar packed very full, right to the brim. Half a jar would dress enough pasta for 4 generously, so if you used Asda Smartprice pasta (6p/100g) that would be an eighth of the pesto at 23p and 6p worth of pasta each, so 29p per person, not bad for a very tasty meal 🙂

Wild Garlic Pesto

Be prepared for the whole house, and everyone in it, to smell strongly of garlic. For a small plant it packs an awfully big punch! I have given pots of this to my daughters and a couple of friends, they have all loved it, and mentioned the strong smell – you have been warned!

Variations

You could use any nuts, or I suppose none at all to keep the cost down, and if push came to shove, I bet it would still taste good using just cheap cooking oil and the garlic, and nothing else.

Per serving 620 cals, 17g protein, 31g fat and 70g carb

wild garlic and bee

Wild Garlic Pesto

Pesto made from wild garlic. Pungent, delicious and made from foraged garlic
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: English
Keyword: foraged, spring
Servings: 8
Calories: 594kcal

Ingredients

  • 100 g wild garlic flowers and all
  • 50 g onion chopped shallot or leek
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 200 ml olive oil
  • 50 g parmesan finely grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 600 g penne

Instructions

  • Wash the garlic and whizz everything together in a food processor. If you don’t have one, chop everything finely, then bash it all together in a pestle and mortar, or a big bowl and use the end of a rolling pin

Notes

Using these ingredients worked out at £1.86 for 370g, which is a huge jam jar packed very full, right to the brim. Half a jar would dress enough pasta for 4 generously

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Wild Garlic Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 594 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 12.9%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wild garlic pesto

 


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