This family filler of green gnocchi is absolutely bursting with plenty of veg and fresh herby flavours.
I rarely make gnocchi from scratch. It’s a bit of a faff (especially when River is hungry!) and these days you can buy some delicious, healthy varieties, like the gluten-free type from Difatti I’ve used in this recipe. Just remember that any pasta dish is only as tasty as its sauce! in this case, a one been green number.
In a very short space of time, you can create a healthy, tummy filling, mid-week meal packed with plenty of different vegetables.
Overall, an excellent alternative for when you, and more importantly the little ones, are a bit bored of pesto!
Rich & Source of Nutritional Benefits
With a variety of veggies in this dish, it’s a perfect way a achieve at least a 2 of your 5-a-day.
Fantastic source of green goodness with vitamins and minerals.
Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins and Folic Acid.
How to make it
In a frying pan over a medium heat, cook the onion and celery in a little oil.
Cook for 10 minutes until soft and a bit see through.
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 tbsp Olive oil
MAKE SOME GREEN GOODNESS
In a blender or food processor add all the ingredients for step 2.
Whizz to a super fine consistency.
Add the blended ingredients to the onions and mix to combine.
Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
200 ml chicken or vegetable stock
60 g baby spinach, roughly chopped
70 g broccoli florets, roughly chopped
20 g fresh basil, roughly chopped
20 g fennel bulb, roughly chopped
1/2 garlic glove, crushed
ADD IN MORE GREEN-NESS
Add in ingredients from step 3.
Give it a good stir and simmer while you cook the gnocchi.
50 g garden peas
50 g edamame beans
5 g nutritional yeast (optional)
20 g parmesan, finely grated
1 1/2 tbsp crème fraîche
COOK THE GNOCCHI
Cook the gnocchi (as per the pack instructions) in a medium saucepan of really bubbling boiling water.
This normally takes 2 minutes (when they float to the surface and are bouncing so much they look like they’re trying to jump out of the pan.)
Dip a mug in to collect a bit of the pasta water.
Drain gnocchi in a colander.
250 g Gluten free spinach gnocchi
Add the gnocchi to the pan of greenness, give it a stir.
Add some of the pasta water if the sauce is a bit too thick, this also helps coat the pasta.
Crabtree Farm tips
If you want your pasta and sauce to be full of flavour, it's best to add some of your pasta water to the sauce and cook them together. This loosens the sauce and allows the sauce to stick to the pasta better.
Notes: 'Rich & source of nutritional benefits' and 'nutrition (RI) per serving' are calculated on a 2,000 calorie diet. For more information see daily RI explained.
Your daily calorie and nutrition intake may be higher or lower depending on your body requirements.
'Cost' is calculated per suggested serving per recipe.