Bacon and wild garlic spaghetti

The wild garlic season is in full swing here.  It hasn’t flowered yet and the small leaves are beautifully tender and full of that garlic zing.

It grows in great swathes in the shade of the trees.

Last night I made this pasta and a wild garlic bread to go with it.  It was very tasty and full of the essence of spring. Just remember to wash your wild garlic well, you can never be sure how many domesticated and wild animals might have visited the same patch before you ;). Also be sure to have identified it correctly using a hedgerow plants guide.

4 rashers of bacon snipped into bite size pieces
2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
frozen or fresh peas
handful of wild garlic leaves, sliced
spaghetti (I used 200g for 2 adult  and 2 child size portions)

Method

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add plenty of salt.  Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente (follow the pack instructions).

Fry the bacon pieces at a high temperature until beginning to brown, add the peas and the crushed garlic cloves and continue to fry but reduce the heat a little to prevent the garlic from burning.  When the spaghetti is cooked ladle a spoonful of the pasta water into the bacon pan and then drain the spaghetti and tip it into the pan.  Add the sliced wild garlic leaves.  Turn everything over to get well covered in the bacon fat and serve in warm dishes.

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22 responses to “Bacon and wild garlic spaghetti

  1. I must try this one

  2. Will look out for it next time I am on a woodland walk – unfortunate, though, that it grows around tree trunks, but I will wash it well! Is it milder than the normal garlic cloves ? Its nice to get just a hint of garlic sometimes, rather than a full-on hit.

    • Yes Cathy, you have to be careful! It is milder when cooked, but you can have it in a salad or in a sandwich to get the full on hit. It is quite different from a clove of garlic I think, it reminds me of a cross between chive and garlic in its taste. My neighbour made wild garlic pesto the other day and I am keen to give that a try.

  3. Ah – looks wonderful. We have LOADS of wild garlic growing around here and every year I mean to make something with it but always am just a little late getting my act together. I probably won’t do it this year as we are away for most of next week and then after that it is only 2 weeks til we move house and I need to get organised.
    Next year, though. I would like to try the pasta, the bread AND the pesto. Yum.

  4. What a flavourful simple meal. I am looking forward to starting my herb garden again when we return home later this year.
    🙂 Mandy

  5. MMMMMM,..what a delightful pasta dish! I love wild garlic too, but you can’t find it so easily over here!! The dish looks so vibrant green,..great to enjoy this Spring time!
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  6. This dish just screams Spring to me. I have never come across wild garlic, but I would love to try it. Very nice.

  7. Kath, you’ve beaten me to it. I was determined I was going to use some ramsons with pasta this year and I still haven’t done it and they are starting to go into flower and I’ve probably left it too late 🙁 Like your idea of having peas with them too.

  8. What a lovely fresh delightful flavour, as you are just hitting spring we are heading into Autumn, but I can still taste the delicious flavours of freshly picked wild garlic leaves.

  9. what a great idea with wild garlic; I know just a place here in Rotterdam, where they grow; although they are protected, I don’t think there will be a lot of people knowing it! I’m gonna make someting with salmon I think 😉
    thanks!

  10. Wonderful. this embodies early spring freshness. I believe this would make a terrific pesto, too.

  11. I’m excited that the wild garlic is growing here now, I am hoping to go wild garlic foraging in the next few days, and make me some of pesto. Have to be careful picking it, as some places don’t like you foraging on their land, but they are okay if its for personal use.

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