Risotto with Wild Ramps and Greens

Kale and Wild Ramp Risotto

I never met a risotto I didn’t like and this kale and wild ramp risotto is a definite winner! You are going to need have a way to get your hands on kale or similar leafy greens and some wild ramps. I recommend heading to your favorite farmers market.

Risotto with Wild Ramps and Greens
Risotto with Wild Ramps and Greens
wild ramp bunches
Wild ramps in bunches

This weekend my husband and I split up the kids for some small group activities… the girls went with daddy to see some golf and the boys went with mommy to the Atherton Mills Farmers Market. I rarely get to saunter around the fabulous farmers market at Atherton Mills on South Boulevard here in Charlotte because I generally worry about misplacing a child while enjoying some fresh greek style yogurt from New Terra Farms or cinnamon whipped honey at the yummy Cloister Honey table (they’ve got fancy bees that live on top of the Charlotte Ritz Carlton – not kidding!). This weekend it was such a pleasure to taste test at leisure and pick up some delicious local produce.

Baby on my back, bags full of produce and a book (I’ll write about it more later … but all of you local North Carolinians will definitely want to get this guidebook … Farm Fresh NC!) and my older son worriedly exclaimed, “Mom, we can’t leave without kale!” Who can say no to a kindergartener in love with kale?!

kid stripping kale
This kid loves kale

Once we got home, we made oven toasted kale chips but we still had quite a bit of kale left over from the large bunch we purchased. While pondering what to make for dinner tonight, I was suddenly inspired by the large bag of kale staring back at me from the refrigerator and the slightly musty smell of wild ramps that were cleaned and ready to be eaten. Whenever I have leftover produce, risotto is always an easy go-to weeknight meal. Make this and let me know how it turns out!

If I don’t have kale on hand, I substitute another green – almost any leafy green will work – spinach, bok choy, chard! Try them all.

Kale and Wild Ramp Risotto

Kale and Wild Ramp Risotto

You can't go wrong with local greens in an easy risotto.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Appalachian, Italian
Keyword easy dinners, risotto, wild ramps
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings -11
Calories 2169 kcal
Author Erin Brighton



  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 T Olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 large handfuls kale cleaned and chopped
  • 1/2 bunch ramps about 6 to 8, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese optional



  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil and butter until soft in a large heavy bottomed pan or dutch oven.
  2. Add arborio rice and stir to coat. I prefer to use a wooden spoon.

  3. Heat to medium. Add chicken broth, 1 cup at a time. Stir to incorporate the broth. Wait until all the broth has been absorbed before you add the next cup.
  4. Before you add the fourth and final cup of broth, add the kale and the ramps and stir into the rice.
  5. Add the final cup of broth, stir until the broth has been incorporated and the rice tastes well cooked. If the rice still tastes al dente, add more broth.
  6. Optional: If I have shredded parmesan cheese on hand, I will add it to the risotto at the very end.
Other favorite recipes using wild ramps … 

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon, and Ramps

Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches with Ramp Pesto

Red Quinoa Tabbouleh (Gluten free!)

Other favorite recipes using kale … 

Kimchi Fried Rice With Kale

Goat Cheese and Kale Stuffed Flank Steak

Quiche with Kale


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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