Gnocchi With Spring Vegetables and Basil


  • 3 large russet baking potatoes, preferably organic
  • 4 tablespoons, approximately, all-purpose flour, preferably organic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 carrots, peeled, trimmed and cut in thirds
  • 2 cups shelled peas, fresh or thawed frozen
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 basil leaves, slivered
  • Sea salt
  • ground black pepper

    About 60 gnocchi, 4 to 6 servings


    1. Steam potatoes over boiling water until tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool for 2 hours. Break up potatoes and use a food mill or ricer to mash them into a bowl. Peeling is not necessary with these tools, but the potatoes can be peeled if desired. Dust a smooth work surface with 1 tablespoon flour and scoop potatoes on top. Dust potatoes with remaining flour and dribble a tablespoon of the oil on top. With your hands, work the potatoes, kneading lightly, about 5 minutes until they come together to make a soft dough. Add a bit more flour if needed. Let it rest 10 minutes.
    2. Divide the dough into four balls. Roll out each into a strand 1-inch thick, then use a knife or pastry scraper to cut into 1-inch pieces of gnocchi. Place on one or more parchment-lined trays and freeze at least 1 hour. When hard, remove as many as desired for cooking and transfer the rest to a plastic bag for freezing up to one month.
    3. Cook carrots in simmering water 12 minutes, until tender. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and cut in bite-size pieces. If using fresh peas, add to water, cook about 2 minutes, until tender, and drain. Melt butter with 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add frozen gnocchi and sauté about 3 minutes, turning gnocchi frequently, until lightly browned. Add peas and carrots and cook about 2 minutes more. Toss in basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.

    2 hours

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