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I was going to make a fun St. Patrick’s Day green treat to bring into work today, but that didn’t happen. Remember last month when I promised to do my Daring Baker’s challenge earlier in the month? Well, I did it yesterday, and with the creative liberties I made, it literally took me most of the day. So I was beat, and I didn’t have the energy to make anything else!!

So instead, I looked through my photos of foods patiently waiting to be posted about, and I found this green pasta dish. And why I didn’t post about it sooner is beyond me, because this was delicious!!

Until this dish, I had actually never had gnocchi before. But this will not be the last time, because my husband and I really enjoyed it. I did buy it premade, but now I’m ready to try making it from scratch one of these days. When I think of gnocchi, I think of Top Chef. Any of you Top Chef fans out there – is it just me, or have the judges criticized every single gnocchi that has been made on the show? I think this is one reason I’m a little scared to try to make it from scratch, because if these professional chefs have a hard time making it well, I will probably really struggle with it!! But then again, my husband and I are the only judges, and we are not nearly as harsh as Tom, Padma, Gail and Ted!

This is a dish that can literally come together in less than 30 minutes. And it’s versatile as well – my husband did not want shrimp, so I did chicken for him and shrimp for me. And as spring keeps getting closer and asparagus is showing itself on grocery shelves, this is a perfect springtime meal.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!!

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto
from Cooking Light July 2007

2 quarts plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
4 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 1 pound)
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, coarsely chopped
1 cup basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add gnocchi to pan; cook 4 minutes or until done (gnocchi will rise to surface). Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon; place in a large bowl. Add asparagus and shrimp to pan; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Drain. Add shrimp mixture to gnocchi.

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, basil, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides. Drizzle oil through food chute with food processor on; process until well blended. Add salt and basil mixture to shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 Servings

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30 Responses to Green For St. Paddy’s Day

  1. Melanie says:

    I love shrimp dishes! And I’ve been wanting to make gnocchi for a while so maybe I’ll do it with this recipe…thanks!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great combination! Your dish looks wonderful!



  3. Bellini Valli says:

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day…this dish looks very festive:D I have yet to make my DB challenge….keep proscratinating:D

  4. Sarah says:

    I love gnocchi and that sounds like such a tasty way to eat it! I’m impressed that you are done with your DB challenge…I keep putting it off… :(

  5. Mary says:

    My husband is a big shrimp fan and I love pesto so this is one of those dishes that might work for both of us!
    Kudos on getting the DB challenge done so early. I’ll be doing mine this week. I’m sort of looking forward to it.

  6. mimi says:

    i love gnocchi! yours looks so yummy. and i’ve always wanted to make mine homemade too. we should try to do it together sometime! that way we can commiserate together :)

  7. Ann says:

    Okay, now THAT is a nice-looking St. Paddy’s Day dish. I’d so much rather see pesto and gnocchi than a green cupcake!

  8. taste memory says:

    that does look good…anything with shrimp & pasta, i am there….i can already taste the shredded cheese!

  9. Maryann says:

    This is a nice dish, Deb! You should think about bringing it to our festa italiana. I’m sure others would love it too :)

  10. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    nice, nice, nice! Perfect combo of fresh flavors. Gnocchi isn’t rocket science and while I didn’t see when they critiqued the contestant’s gnocchi, (really, Ms. P is getting a little crotchety!) I think it’s a pretty easy technique. I learned from a women who made it look as easy as…boiling water!

  11. Jenny says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I also got my DB challenge done yesterday, guess we were both trying not to procrastinate this month! Feels good to be early this time.

    This green dish looks great, I’m starving. Have a great St Patty’s day!

  12. Suzana says:

    Gnocchi! I love gnocchi and this combination sounds really yummy. I’ll have to try it soon!

  13. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I’m glad you posted this, Deb – it looks scrumptious and you make it sound so easy to put together! YUM!

  14. Steph says:

    I lOVE gnocchi! I first experienced gnocchi in Italy, and I fell in love with it! Great recipe!

  15. Cakespy says:

    This looks like a wonderful foray into the world of gnocchi! Although I have had it in the past, it wasn’t til this year that I learned how to pronounce it (at a restaurant in front of everyone, don’t wanna talk about it)…

  16. Gabi says:

    Wow you are so together- getting on that challenge ahead of time! I’m always catching up- :)
    I love your gnocchi-nice you had a green dish in reserve to share.
    Happy Saint Pat’s!
    x x x

  17. Shandy says:

    What sa great idea, buying premade gnocchi! So much easier for a dinner. . .Yum! Prefect for St. Paddy’s Day too. Kudos on your Daring Baker Challenge already being done. =D

  18. Kevin says:

    That gnocchi dish looks great! I think that the premade plain gnocchi is worth buying for the time that it saves but it is nice to make variations on it like sweet potato gnocchi or spianch and ricotta gnocchi at home. I like to fry the gnocchi in butter so that they have a crispy outside an a warm and soft inside.

  19. glamah16 says:

    Perfect spring dinner!

  20. Peabody says:

    Very festive and Spring like.

  21. KJ says:

    I’ve tried making gnocchi a few times but I’ve never really managed to get it right. I’ll keep trying though :)

  22. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Gorgeous green dish! I have tried my hand at gnocchi without much success. I will be at it again one of these days!

  23. ruthEbabes says:

    Your gnocchi looks fab!!! Love the look of the pesto too… i’ve never made pesto from scratch!

    Beautiful colours in your dish.

  24. ashley says:

    this looks really good! i finally tried making gnocchi from scratch for the first time about a month ago. i was scared too! i used the method where you bake the potatoes instead of boiling to help keep them from being too heavy. shaping them was still hard, but they were still so light and fluffy! it was totally worth it (and honestly not that hard or too time consuming)! try it! :-)

  25. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That dish looks really good – simple and delicious!

  26. Pixie says:

    Gnocchi is wonderful, I’ve yet to make it myself but it is on the list, along with a 101 other dishes I want to make.

  27. Emiline says:

    Sounds delish. I made gnocchi, like twice, and they didn’t turn out well. Maybe it was the recipe.

  28. Tracy says:

    What a yummy idea for St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t think I’ve had homemade gnocchi but I do recall the Top Chef judges being hard on contestants who attempted it. But since you’re not on the show, why not try it!

  29. kokitty says:

    Absolutely wonderful dish! I tried making it this evening, and it was divine. The gnocchi was hard to track down, but it was worth the search! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  30. I can’t wait to try this one! I have done green beans with gnocchi but this sounds delicious with shrimp too!

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