Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gnocchi with Spring Peas & Proscutto

I love Sunday afternoons. And I especially love cooking for two. With spring showers still looming in the northwest, it seems the best place for Grant and I to enjoy our Sabbath is in the kitchen. One apron, two glasses of wine, and a little Miles Davis makes one favoloso time, so much that I wish every day were Sunday. He wanted gnocchi. I wanted spring. Peas please!!

After our usual field trip to Whole Foods–oogling all the edible goodness–we came home with a bottle of Sauv Blanc, spring peas, potatoes, Parmesan, and got right to work. Me being a pasta lover, I was sooo excited for gnocchi. Not to mention, making fresh pasta is so much fun. Who can resist those little pillows of love?

Gnocchi with Spring Peas & Proscutto
gnocchi (pasta recipe here)
1/2 cup peas
1 shallot
3 slices proscutto
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 T butter
1 T olive oil

The prep work kept us busy while the potatoes cooked. First we blanched the peas, and set them aside. Chopped and sauteed the shallot in olive oil until soft, added proscutto, shaved Parmesan and butter. As the little pasta pillows finished they were added to the skillet with 1/2 cup pasta water, the peas, and a final sprinkling of cheese. Mmm.. perfetto!

Gnocchi could also be found prepackaged, in which case this meal would easy-peasy, but why rush a good thing? Stormy weather and nowhere to be–cooking is the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. And if you’ve never had fresh pasta.. let me tell you, its worth the extra effort. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and plenty of good food. Anything noteworthy? Do share…


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