Continuing with the same theme as last week’s post I decided to use up the remaining fresh wild garlic that my mother had given me by whizzing it up to create a pesto. It stores so easily in the fridge, for at least a week, and the whole family love it so its a win win. Making pesto in general is easy and versatile. You can alternate the nuts from pine to walnut to pistachio and add a host of herbs and vegetables: basil, coriander spinach, wild garlic, tomatoes, peppers. I love the look of these varieties that Saveur has come up with.
I thought the addition of a sausage crumb scattering would be a nice touch and balance well with the wild garlic. I used one sausage per person and then made a little incision into each sausage so that the outer ‘skin’ could be taken off. With the sausage meat I then broke it down and gently fried it, so that it crisped up.
It took far less time than cooking a sausage normally would so again this whole meal was created in a very short space of time. I found I had lots of pesto leftover so popped it in the fridge in a sealed jar to use over the coming days.
If you are unsure about foraging wild garlic you might like to check out the Royal Horticultural Society guide on how to recognise it – see here.
Wild Garlic Pesto Linguine with Sausage Crumb
200g wild garlic leaves washed and roughly chopped, flowers removed
100g parmesan cheese, finely grated
100g pine nuts
150ml olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
1 tsp ground nut oil
sausages (1 per person)
- First you need to wash the wild garlic leaves thoroughly and remove the flowers (these are edible but best put on as a garnish re my last blog post).
- Roughly chop the leaves and then place them into a food processor and blitz so that they are broken down.
- Next add the parmesan cheese and blitz again before adding the pine nuts.
- Gradually add the olive oil so that a paste forms. Add more or less olive oil depending on the thickness you require for your pesto.
- Season to taste and add a dash of lemon juice.
- Boil a pan of water and add the linguine and cook according to packet instructions – just under 10 minutes should be perfect.
- To make the sausage crumb all you need to do is remove the outer covering of the sausage and discard. With the sausage meat, break it down using your hands.
- Heat a frying pan and add the ground nut oil. Add the sausage meat and move around the pan until it browns and begins to crisp. This should be done within about 5 minutes.
- Strain the pasta and place back in the pan. Add a generous amount of pesto and stir into the pasta.
- Serve into bowls and scatter with sausage crumb.
You can store the remaining pesto in the fridge in a sealed jar for over a week.