Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gnocchi with summer vegetables

I had flagged this for later in my latest issue of Everyday Food Magazine, but after a wrong turn in the grocery store led me down the pasta aisle - and smack into a giant section of packaged gnocchi - it became a flagged for NOW recipe. The zucchini looked particularly good that day (also tempting me to make stuffed zucchini), so it was a go! This was a delicious dinner full of vegetables and flavored with wonderful fresh basil from our plant and my addition of some spicy turkey sausage. The only thing I didn't care for was the "sauce" made with gnocchi water. Next time I'll toss with a little marinara sauce.



Gnocchi with summer vegetables
Adapted from: Everyday Food Magazine (changes in Italics)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 zucchini or summer squash or one of each, quartered and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
course salt and ground pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 package (15-16 ounces) gnocchi (I was fortunate to find 8 whole grain gnocchi - hooray for additional protein and fiber!)
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 links spicy turkey sausage

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high. Add sausage and heat until cooked through. Remove from skillet and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. Add squash and garlic to skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until juicy, about 2 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid, drain gnocchi and transfer to skillet along with sliced sausage. Toss gnocchi, adding enough cooking liquid to create a sauce. Remove from heat and stir in basil, cheese, butter, and lemon juice.

3 comments:

  1. That looks beautiful! I'm not much for the gnocchi water sauce either.... Love the addition of turkey sausage!

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  2. What a delicious looking dish....

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  3. Looks like the perfect summer dish, I love zucchini and summer squash with pasta/gnocchi!

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