If you’re a regular reader of food blogs, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that foodies go absolutely crazy when it comes to ramps. Maybe it has to with their scarcity, as the window to find them in season is quite small, or the cost, which obviously is a little pricey due in part to the aforementioned scarcity.
Or maybe it’s just because they’re pretty frickin’ tasty. For all the cultural reasons that are bandied about ramps and their popularity, taste seems to take the backseat. When you actually eat a ramp, it’s easy to realize why foodies go nuts – they taste like spring onions crossed with garlic but with a substantiveness similar to an onion.
1 pound dry spaghetti or linguini
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces fresh ramps
1-2 tablespoons red chili flakes
Kosher salt, to taste
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs