Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Food for finals

No time to cook. Seriously. But if I had just a little bit more time, I would make this. It takes 15 minutes. I kid you not.

The recipe calls for fresh green beans, but you could substitute frozen, making this a great "pantry meal" -- you could definitely keep all of these ingredients on hand for quick weeknight dinners.

We made this a week or two ago and it was delightful. I clipped this from an issue of Real Simple forever ago. The recipe posted below is my adaptation. Enjoy!

Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Ricotta

1 pound gnocchi (we use the freeze-dried stuff from the pasta aisle)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
**Note: At Smith's they sell pouches of green beans washed and ready to steam in the microwave, so I used one of those. You could probably use frozen ones, too.
2-3 Tbsp. store-bought pesto
1/4 cup heavy cream

Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain.
Meanwhile, get green beans going in the microwave. Steam for 3 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Then combine pesto and cream in a small pot and heat over medium until heated through (2-3 minutes or so).
Remove beans from microwave (and cut into 1 inch pieces, if you got the bag from Smith's like me).
Add the pesto and cream to the gnocchi and beans in the pot. Stir until well coated. Divide between two bowls and top each with ricotta, kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

{photo and recipe via Real Simple}


  1. Yum. I am definitely going to have to try this one!
    I just have to say, I'm here at my brother's, showing my nephew my blog list and he read "Gnocchi" perfectly. He's 7 and he can pronounce it better than I can!
    Kristyn, you are amazing. Keep at it! (And we need to get together when you feel like you have time to breathe) Loves!

  2. Wow, 7 and already a linguist! Impressive.

    You should definitely try this one. I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

    And I couldn't be more in favor of getting together. I did my last final last night, so I have a couple weeks off. Let's plan something!

    Double loves!

  3. Hi! I found your blog through another one that I follow, and I so glad I did! I have added to follow--great site and this recipe looks delicious!

  4. @ The Bush League Cook: I'm so glad you found me! You're my first follower that isn't a good friend in real life, so I am extra excited. Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere!


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