Gnocchi with peas and sun-dried tomatoes

Gnocchi with peas and sun-dried tomatoes

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve found myself lacking inspiration in my cooking. I’ve been falling back on a lot of past favourites or quick, easy to throw together dinners. I’ve actually found myself feeling a little blah about cooking, which rarely happens to me. I think it’s mostly because I’ve been busier than normal. I also think that the turn in the seasons is making me feel a little more sluggish than usual. Whatever it is, it seems to have passed in the last couple of days and I’ve been playing around with a couple new recipes, starting with this gnocchi with peas and sun-dried tomatoes.

The idea for this recipe came to me last week when I had the opportunity to visit a local family farm for an incredible farm to table feast. Hosted by Hills Foods, the event was attended by notable, local chefs, food purveyors, foodies and media, and had a strong focus on local, sustainable and ethical food. You can read more about my visit here.

Although the feast was almost entirely meat-centric, there was one side dish that caught my attention; a delicious gnocchi prepared with peas and oven dried tomatoes. This recipe is my attempt to re-create the dish at home.

1 package potato gnocchi

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped

2 tsp oregano

1/4 Cup frozen peas, thawed

1/4 Cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

salt to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook for about 3 minutes, until they begin to float to the top. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the shallots and oregano. Saute for a few minutes until beginning to turn opaque. Add the gnocchi, making sure to spread them evenly around the bottom of the skillet (you may need to do this step in two batches). Cook for about 5 minutes, gently tossing or stirring part way through, until the gnocchi are lightly crisp. Stir in the peas, sun-dried tomatoes and salt to taste. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings as a side dish.

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. J Seaton says:

    I’ve found that lately, the cooking hasn’t been a challenge, but rather the blogging side of it. It’s so nice when you finally get out of that funk and start enjoying it as much as you usually do. I’m sure special farm visits and EdibleCanada events help stir up that passion quite a bit.

  2. milkandbun says:

    Why I only opened your post after 12 midnight! ๐Ÿ˜€ I do like gnocchi and with tomatoes… Gosh! It looks absolutely Delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing it, Natalie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kaila says:

    I love gnocchi! This sounds like a beautiful way to prepare it. I certainly think it’s a good thing to have some classic dishes that you fall back on when your life picks up. We eat a lot of the same dishes in our house, but we try to eat something new at least once a week! Thank you so much for bringing this gnocchi to the fiesta; I’m sure it will inspire even more dishes. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

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