Lemon Gnocchi w/Carrots and Spinach

A few weeks ago, I tried a recipe for Lemon Chicken that was posted by the Oilerie. It sounded really good. As I tried to work my up from the entree to a menu, the first thing that popped into my head was pasta, namely, spaghetti. But, that’s almost always what happens and I wanted something a little different. Gnocchi! OK, but plain gnocchi is almost as bad as plain spaghetti. Here’s what I came up with…

Lemon Gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 1 17.5 oz package of Gnochetti (these are smaller gnocchi and NO, I don't make my own - but feel free)
  • 1 10 oz. bag of match stick carrots (NO, I don't cut my own - but feel free)
  • 18 oz. fresh Spinach (NO, I don't grow my own but Fran probably would)
  • 3 - 5 tbsp butter
  • 3 or 4 tbsp Lemon Olive Oil
  • Splash of white wine (optional - also known to keep the cook happy)
  • Shredded parmesan/parmagiana (optional)

Directions

Place 2 or 3 tbsp of Lemon Olive Oil and 2 or 3 tbsp or butter in a large saute pan. On medium heat, heat the oil and melt the butter. At the same time, begin to prepare the gnochetti according to package instructions. Bringing the water to a boil will take longer than cooking the gnochetti. I decided to use ghochetti (small gnocchi) because this is a side dish and I think it just looked better.
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Add the carrots to the pan and cover. Cook, covered for about 3 minutes.
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Add the spinach to the pan. I know it looks like a lot but it won't be for long. Put the lid back on the pan, lower the heat to medium-low and let cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until the spinach is sweated down and the carrots are slightly soft.
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Drain the prepared gnochetti and add to the spinach, carrot mixture. Mix well. Taste for seasoning. At this point, you may want to drizzle a little more Lemon Olive Oil over the dish or, if you really want to pucker up, some lemon juice.
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It was so good, I made it again within about a week or two to serve with Veal Picatta. It would probably work well as a side dish for almost any Italian dish you can name… Chicken Picatta, Turkey Marsala, Veal Parmesan

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