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Pan Seared Gnocchi.

October 14, 2011 by Carolina

Scene: You’re at a fancy restaurant & you order the gnocchi, because it sounds so posh — & are wowed by how delicious gnocchi is. You want to have the dish again but you don’t want to pay $20+ for it, what do you do? Easy, you recreate the dish at home! A reader recently asked me for gnocchi recipes; it is super easy to make, both from scratch or store bought. I recently came across this awesome recipe on Hello Giggles, one of my favorite sites. I decided to give it a go, with a few modifications. Here’s the result!

Ingredients (Serves 2)

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup white onion, chopped

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

1 package baby portabello mushrooms (about 20), chopped

6 bacon-flavored tempeh strips, seared & chopped

½ cup frozen peas

2 cups vegetable stock

1 handful basil, chopped 

1 package gnocchi

Cook gnocchi to homemade or package instructions. Usually it’s boiling the gnocchi for 2-3 minutes; you’ll know it’s ready when it rises to the top.

In a skillet, heat 2 tbs olive oil & sear tempeh strips for a couple of minutes on each side; remove from skillet. In the same skillet, cook onions & garlic for 2-3 minutes until onions become slightly translucent. Add mushrooms & tempeh, sauté for 3-5 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Add the vegetable stock & bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. When the stock is almost all evaporated add the peas, remove from heat & set aside.

In another skillet, heat 2 tbs olive oil & add gnocchi; sauté for 3 – 5 minutes until golden brown. Add the mushroom mixture & basil, sauté for 5 more minutes.  

Don’t forget to pet your dog as he looks up at you wondering why you’re not giving him any attention. Ha!

Serve with another sprinkle of basil & cheese if desired. I paired mine with lemon asparagus.

Nom, nom. Does a good meal makes you as giddy as it does me? Buen provecho!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy gnocchi? 


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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