Gnocchi With Peas
a quick and easy recipe.
It’s time for a change. I’m ready for meatless pasta, I’m craving pasta, I’m eating pasta all week! ! ! ! !, well, maybe not all week, just tonight.
Gnocchi is one of my favorite pastas to make favorite for many reasons. They only take about 5 minutes in boiling water. Quickly saute them in a pan to absorb the flavors of the herbs and then let simmer in the sauce for just a few minutes.
If your market features fresh pastas gnocchi will be among them. I noticed recently that one of my markets features fresh gnocchi in the specialty cheese section and they are often on sale for less than $2.00 a package.
I confess that because of time constraints I don’t often make homemade pastas. So I buy fresh when I’m out of time and need to make something quick and delicious for dinner. It’s a perfect balance . . . !
For my quick gnocchi dish I added peas. If you can get fresh peas at the farmers market or from your garden they will be so sweet and delicious in this dish. If not, frozen peas will be perfect for a quick and easy time saving recipe.
This is really very easy and it’s a good dish for vegetarians. Feel free to add in more fresh veggies. Using fresh spinach, kale or zucchini are best since they only need a few minutes to cook as well.
- 12 oz. gnocchi cooked according to directions
- 1 cup peas cooked
- 2 tbls. olive oil
- 1 small shallot
- 1 tbls. chopped garlic
- 2 tbls. butter (I use smart balance)
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh mint OR chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
- ½ cup grated pecorino romano cheese (amount is based on preference to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 TBLS. fresh chopped parsley or basil for garnish
- Cook gnocchi according to package directions (usually 2-5 minutes) and add in the peas the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and SAVE the pasta water.
- While the gnocchi are cooking, heat the oil and butter in a saute pan and add in the shallots and garlic (use both or either one you prefer) cook until softened approx. 2 minutes.
- Drain the gnocchi/peas and add to the saute pan with the shallots and/or garlic and stir for a minute or two to coat the gnocchi with the oil and butter.
- Add the herbs and salt and pepper stirring to combine the flavors. Add the saved the saved pasta water ¼ cup at a time, just until well moistened.
- Add grated cheese, sprinkle with lemon zest and additional fresh parsley/basil/mint as desired and serve.
If you are reading this and it’s summertime . . . “the livin’ is easy, pour a glass of Sauvignon Blanc”.