"Nothing says spring like ramps. Their garlicky flavor pairs perfectly with the spicy Italian sausage," says Michael.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
Orecchiette with Ramps and Favas
Total:
20 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
20 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

In a very large pot, bring 5 quarts water and 3 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente, about 1 minute less than the package directions. Occasionally give the pasta a stir so it doesn't stick together. Scoop out and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta.

Meanwhile, put a large skillet over high heat. Add the olive oil and sausage and cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the fava beans and ramps, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the pasta and reserved pasta water to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring to blend. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan. Top with a good drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.

Photograph by David Malosh

Cook's Note

To peel fava beans, remove the shells, then blanch the beans in boiling salted water for 30 seconds. Drain, transfer to a bowl of ice water and squeeze the beans from their skins.

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