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Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables


A few minutes in a skillet transforms ripe tomatoes and zucchini into a fresh sauce for gnocchi.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 zucchini or summer squash, or one of each (about 2 pounds total), quartered and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package (15 to 16 ounces) frozen gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add squash and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until juicy, about 2 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid, drain gnocchi and transfer to skillet. Toss gnocchi, adding enough cooking liquid to create a sauce. Remove from heat and stir in basil, cheese, butter, and lemon juice.

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  • suzeebee33
    25 MAR, 2015
    I would add some Panchetta.
  • MS10593083
    30 JUL, 2014
    Was pretty good, although I wasn't blown away with flavor, and I added extra things...a few sliced shallots with the garlic, a pinch of pepper flakes, sliced mushrooms, a splash of white wine and chicken stock instead of the cooking water...still just ok. I made my own gnocchi.
  • wannaeatgoodfoodfast
    30 JUL, 2014
    Regarding the use of the word "Unctuous", I decided to share this Huffington Post Article about its use when referring to food. I got a kick out of the article and think the word was used incorrectly when referring to the tomatoes. I know that recipe is superb as I have made it with various summer vegetables harvested out of garden and I love gnocchi!
  • cnrb1980
    9 JUL, 2012
    My whole family loved it! I bought the whole wheat gnocchi from Trader Joe's. They recommended sauteing the gnocchi instead of boiling them, so I did in a little butter mixed with olive oil. Definitely gave the gnocchi a great flavor.
  • gailj
    20 JUL, 2011
    Where is the recipe for the gnocchi!!!!! Add frozen is not good enough!
  • sweetandsaucy
    11 JUL, 2011
    I rarely repeat recipes, but I've made this dish a few times over the last two years and it's really yummy. It's pretty healthy too... Only 6 WW PointsPlus per serving.
  • MS12557434
    17 AUG, 2010
    I recently made a very similar pasta dish my family loved. In addition to these veggies, I added rinsed, canned artichoke hearts, blanched asparagus, some mushrooms, and a small amt of sauteed peppers. Basically, whatever you have, as many veggies, or as few. It's all good!
  • MS12151067
    27 JUL, 2009
    I LOVE this dish. Mmmmm mmmm good. Had it twice in the last 3 weeks.
  • sigkapla
    17 JUN, 2009
    I made this last night for my husband and I.. Before we went to bed, I head the microwave running and he came back to bed with the small container I had kept leftover for my lunch saying "This stuff is REALLY good.. Make it again tomorrow!!"