Have you been looking for the perfect, seasonal recipe that comes together in 30 minutes? Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Shaved Asparagus and Snap Peas is a light, elegant dish that’s loaded with spring vegetables, but won’t weigh you down.
Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Shaved Asparagus and Snap Peas
Asparagus and snap peas are to spring as tomatoes are to summer. When paired in a dish like this, you know the season has arrived. For this recipe, the asparagus is shaved with a sturdy vegetable peeler, and the snap peas are chopped. These techniques offer a unique, delightful texture that makes these vegetables very easy to cook, serve, and eat. Know what else is convenient about this recipe? Packaged gnocchi. Now, I always love the homemade kind, but I’m not looking to go the distance on a busy weeknight. Save that for my favorite Italian restaurant. So, to satisfy my gnocchi cravings and spare my wallet and my time, I get this job done in a cool, 30 minutes…and you can too.
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Ingredients you will need
- 6 cups water
- 1-16oz package prepared gnocchi
- 1/4 lb fresh snap peas
- 1/4 lb fresh asparagus
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 Lemon, zested and quartered
Tools I use for this recipe
A couple tips about this dish.
- Gnocchi, when boiling, can be ready in 3 minutes, so be ready to get those babies into the skillet (see recipe details).
- Also, this dish is finished in a light, butter sauce, so it’s best served immediately after it’s made.
- Lastly, if you find yourself with leftovers on this dish, be sure to add a little olive oil or butter when reheating…and I recommend doing this in a skillet. Cheers!
Another favorite of mine is this one pot italian pasta which is loaded with fresh vegetables! It’s absolutely delicious and I highly recommend you giving it a try.
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