Wild Garlic Pesto
What does wild garlic look like?
Since writing this post way back in 2013, I’ve discovered that what I have growing in my garden are Allium triquetrum and not wild garlic as I thought! It tastes the same!
Wild garlic which you are likely to find in local woods. It starts to show in the early Spring, in late March and early April. It grows and flowers until the end of May, after which its leaves and stem decay and become part of the soil. The plants in my garden have beautiful white flowers that have masses of flavour.
While I am building the plan for Week One, I thought I would post this wild garlic pesto recipe while it is still about.
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, (edit: I now know these to be Allium triquetrum) 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 wild garlic 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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
- 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
- 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
Got a great recipe? How about submitting it to appear on Thrifty Lesley!
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one