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Simple Gnocchi Recipe with Squash and Rocket

Gnocchi with squash, amaretti and rocket

Published: September 18, 2015 at 11:28 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Amaretti may seem like a strange addition to a savoury dish, but in this recipe for gnocchi with squash, amaretti and rocket, the subtle, sweet crunch really works. It's vegetarian and ready in just 30 minutes - perfect for a midweek meal

  • Vegetarian


  • (weighed after peeling) butternut squash
  • 150ml whipping cream
  • a grating nutmeg
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400g gnocchi
  • (or veggie alternative) grated to make 1 tbsp parmesan or grana padano
  • 3 amaretti biscuits
  • 2 handfuls rocket
  • ½ lemon, juiced


  • STEP 1

    Put the squash in a microwaveable bowl with 3 tbsp of water. Cover with clingfilm, pierce once, then microwave on high for 12-15 minutes until really soft. Tip the squash (plus any water) into a small food processor or blender (or use a stick blender) with the cream and season. Grate over a little fresh nutmeg, then whizz to a smooth sauce.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, put 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan with the butter, onion and garlic and cook gently over a low heat until softened but not coloured.

  • STEP 3

    Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tip the gnocchi into the pan once boiling and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.

  • STEP 4

    Add the squash sauce to the onion pan with the grated parmesan and warm together gently.

  • STEP 5

    When the gnocchi is ready, drain reserving a ladle of the cooking water. Tip the gnocchi straight into the sauce, and stir to coat – if the sauce is a little thick add a splash of the cooking water. Divide the gnocchi between 2 shallow bowls and crumble over the amaretti biscuits. Toss the rocket with 1 tsp of olive oil and the lemon juice, and top each bowl with a handful.


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