Crisp Gnocchi Pesto with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

October 2011
Crisp Gnocchi Pesto with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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Nut swap! Although this spinach pestois made with almonds, you could alsotry it with pecans or walnuts.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (about half a 5-oz. pkg.) baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package  (16 oz.) gnocchi
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 package  (3.5 oz.) goat cheese, crumbled
Directions
  1. Using a food processor, puree the spinach, almonds, garlic and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. With the machine on, gradually pour in 1/3 cup EVOO until smooth. Pulse in 1/2 cup parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes; turn and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden all over, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pesto. Top with the goat cheese.
Tip
  • To save some calories (and some hands-on kitchen time), cook the gnocchi in boiling water instead of pan-frying them.
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