June 6, 2013

Spring Gnocchi with Shrimp & Asparagus

April showers bring May flowers. And May showers bring June vegetables. Green and yellow ones, apparently.IMG_5385

This week’s CSA box contained broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash, cantaloupe (!!),  purple potatoes, and pole beans. If you’re looking for a great recipe to use up all the zucchini and yellow squash, check out last week’s recipe for a Lemony Spring Vegetable Stir-fry. In today’s recipe, I used two another favorite spring vegetable, asparagus.

Spring Gnocchi with Asparagus & Shrimp


  • 1 (16 oz.) package of gnocchi (I prefer Gia Russa mini gnocchi. It’s cuter!) 
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest of
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 oz. watercress
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola, crumbled
  1. Boil a large pot of salted water and add gnocchi. Cook according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil; add lemon zest and cook until fragrant and the oil begins to brown.
  3. Add salt, pepper, asparagus and shrimp. Cook about 5 to 6 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through.


 4.  Add gnocchi and toss to coat. Top with watercress, cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice.


I can’t take full credit for this recipe. It was something my Grandmother found in the newspaper and saved for us to make. So thoughtful! We made a couple changes and came up with a pretty plate of pasta and greens. (Sorry for the iphone pics!) We paired it with a delicious wine, Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay.


What’s your favorite pasta? I don’t eat it often, but I love gnocchi and risotto dishes.

What’s your favorite thing to add to pasta dishes? Fresh basil and a strong cheese for me!

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  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    It’s been forever since I’ve had shrimp! What a great looking dish, sweetie!!!! I haven’t had pasta recently, either! I would have to say elbow mac is my fav? Or spaghetti! Always fun to twirl! HA!

    • thanks love!! i love angel hair too…

  • Mary Eliza

    Oh, this looks delicious! What a perfect summer pasta. While I don’t eat pasta much either, gnocchi is one of my favorites.

    • definitely a fun one! for a pasta dish, it’s really light. 🙂

  • Liziheartvegetables

    I’ve been eating pasta a lot more lately, since we discovered this DELICIOUS homemade pasta from the farmers market! It comes in little servings and its perfect to keep me from devouring a huge bowll! It’s SO good!

    • i want homemade pasta!! i need to go to my farmer’s market soon. 🙂

  • itzyskitchen

    And June brings crazy amounts of rain! ahhhhhh. YUM! This looks SO delicious. I used purple potatoes in this salad and LOVED it: http://www.itzyskitchen.com/2011/07/pesto-potato-green-bean-salad-4th.html

    • YES, what is going on here?!? it’s driving me nuts. oooh thank you for the recipe. i love pesto!

  • Amy

    Wow that looks divine!!! Going on my Pinterest board to make ASAP!

  • Nichole

    I LOVE frying up gnocchi. Hadn’t thought to add shrimp?! We typically do red onions and sundried tomatoes.

  • Brittany Greer

    I love gnocchi too! I bought a pack of Gia Russa whole wheat with sweet potato gnocchi several months ago and it’s been sitting in the back of my cabinet since. I finally made it on Monday night with a homemade brown butter sage sauce….so good!! Greg won’t touch it so I’ve been eating the leftovers all week.

    • oh yummmm. greg won’t touch it?! ahhhh

      • Brittany Greer

        I know. He’s tasted it before when I’ve occasionally ordered it at restaurants and I think he liked it, but I kind of screwed myself this time by telling him “I’m not sure if you will like this or not…” while I was cooking it. Once I said that, he wasn’t even interested to try. It was delicious though. He was missing out. As usual 😉

  • Reagan

    I’m a GF gal and my favorite is the GF gnnochi the pasta folks sell at the Mt. P. Farmers Market on Tuesdays. We love to throw in chick and vodka sauce. Lately, the boyfriend has been making a pretty fantastic homemade skinny version carbarona with spinach and asparagus-I’m hooked!

    • oooh i need to look for that. yum!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Gnocchi is amazing – I made it from scratch about a month ago and it was fabulous. Easily my favourite pasta, although I’m also a big fan of cheese-stuffed tortellini and bow ties.

    • i made it from scratch once at a cooking lesson and was surprised how easy (ok, well, not difficult) it was. 🙂

  • Ashley Hrovat

    I’m not a big pasta person but I typically choose angel hair. I love to add fresh herbs, olive oil (especially infused oils) and good cheese (fresh mozz, goat cheese or ricotta, typically). Keep it simple.


  • Spaghetti is definitely my favorite pasta, but I won’t say no to gnocchi either! This looks great, love the spring flavors.

  • Rach

    I love shrimp. And asparagus. And pasta. So this is right up my alley! I’ve made something semi-similar before (same ingredients, but different type of pasta) and it was amazing! Yours looks so good!

  • I need to sign up for a CSA box again soon, I have only done it a couple of times. I get excited to see what’s in YOUR box and I don’t even get to eat it haha, I can only imagine how much I’d like getting my own!
    Mini gnocchi are totally cuter than regular. Cute = delicious!

  • Richard Sandberg

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