This is the only gnocchi recipe you will ever need. When I created this recipe, I thought about pasta al Limone, and I had some gnocchi around. I decided to combine gnocchi and lemon and add some spinach for nutritional purposes. And here I had it. The best gnocchi recipe ever! You can prepare it in under 10 minutes. It is creamy, refreshing, and filling. So, let’s dig into it.
Is gnocchi pasta?
No. Gnocchi are small Italian potato dumplings. They are made of potato, flour, and sometimes eggs when made fresh. They are then boiled. These bite-sized dumplings can taste plain, so they go very well with any sauce, in this case, a lemon and spinach one. They are dense and creamy, making them perfect for a filling meal.
Is gnocchi healthier than pasta?
While gnocchi is made out of potatoes, pasta is made out of durum wheat most of the time. Pasta tends to be higher in proteins and carbohydrates than gnocchis. Gnocchi is denser and has fewer carbohydrates meaning that a smaller portion of gnocchi will make you feel fuller faster. Overall, gnocchi isn’t healthier than pasta and vice-versa. It is essential to diversify your diet. Be adventurous and switch pasta for gnocchi from time to time.
What is the benefit of spinach?
I love adding greens to my meals. It adds so many nutrients and fibers. In this recipe, we use spinach. Spinach is loaded with vitamins (A, C, K1), iron, and magnesium. While magnesium fights inflammation, iron helps maintain healthy blood and boost the immune system. It is essential to consume it alongside fruits or vegetables rich in vitamin C like lemon for maximum absorption. This sauce, added to gnocchi, will leave you with a nutritious, wholesome meal.
- 1 pack of gnocchi
- 2 lemons
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ⅓ cup plant-based milk
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup grated cheese
- In a pot, bring water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi for 2 minutes (or according to the packaging). Drain the gnocchi.
- In a pan on medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour the milk in.
- Stir in the gnocchi for 4 minutes.
- Drizzle lemon juice. Add the spinach. Cook for another 3 minutes. Add lemon zest.
- Serve with grated cheese and a lemon slice.