Wild Garlic Pesto & Orange Rigatoni

Spring is a beautiful time for foraging. Wild garlic grows abundant in wet woodlands across Europe and North America and can be harvested from March to June. It is the perfect ingredient for pesto with a strong garlic flavour and aroma with sweet-grassy notes. Bring some freshness to your plate, go out and connect with nature!

Delicious Wild Garlic Pesto & Orange Rigatoni

This recipe makes 4 portions


  • 300g (10.6oz) of Rigatoni pasta cooked al dente

  • 100g (3.5oz) of wild garlic leaves

  • 150g (5.3oz) of extra virgin olive oil

  • 50g (1.7oz) of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus extra for garnish

  • 50g (1.7oz) of pine nuts

  • 1 garlic clove

  • juice and zest of one orange

  • salt and black pepper to taste

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1. To make pesto use a food processor. Blend together wild garlic leaves, olive oil, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, pine nuts and one garlic clove. Once ready adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper.

2. Mix pasta with a couple of tablespoons of pesto and orange juice and zest, transfer to a bowl and grate fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano on top, serve straight away or enjoy cold for a slightly different flavour. I highly recommend a glass of red wine to go with it. Smacznego!

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