Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and Peas

Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and Peas

The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas’ sweetness and the natural flavour of the spinach. The whole quick, creamy dish is bolstered by soft pillows of potato gnocchi.


Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min

  • 1 cup frozen baby peas (not thawed)

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

  • 1 garlic clove, smashed

  • 3 cups packed baby spinach (3 ounces)

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 pound gnocchi (fresh packaged)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Simmer peas with cream, red-pepper flakes, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 12-inch heavy skillet, covered, until tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add spinach and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and juice.

  3. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain gnocchi.

  4. Add gnocchi to the sauce with cheese and some of the reserved cooking water and stir to coat. Thin with additional cooking water if necessary.


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