Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts

January has brought on lots of cooking. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, we are trying to eat healthier and subsequently, eat out less. Secondly, my BFF Stephanie got us a subscription to Cooking Light! This is one of many recipies tried out so far. I was drawn to this recipe because it uses premade gnocchi, making gnocchi from scratch is hard tedious work!

Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts (modified from Cooking Light)
Serves 2 as main course or 4 as a side
You will need:
  • 1 - 16oz package gnocchi
  • 2 T of butter
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 10oz package of fresh spinach, torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese**

**Note** I thought that the Parmesan made it too salty. In the future I will use an Italian blend of cheese.

Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting the salt. Drain and set aside. While gnocchi is cooking, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts to pan and cook for three minutes or until butter and nuts are lightly browned. Stir constantly. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach to pan and cook until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Stir in pepper. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve.

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