Creamy gnocchi with leeks & lemon

Creamy gnocchi with leeks & lemon

Celebrate super seasonal greens with a substantial and meat-free recipe that’s quick to put together. Clever use of a kettle of boiling water saves you from needing a second pan for blanching the spinach, and softens the gnocchi up ready for roasting.

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HealthyLow in saturated fat1 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time35 mins

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  • 260g Essential spinach
  • 1 tbsp Essential Olive Oil
  • 2 Essential Leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 2 clove/s garlic, crushed
  • 200g pack Swiss chard or Essential Spring Greens, trimmed, stalks roughly chopped, leaves shredded
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 3 tbsp Essential Single Cream, from a 150ml pot
  • ½ Essential Lemon, scrubbed, zest
  • 20g Essential Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, finely grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the spinach in a large mixing bowl, pour over a kettle of just-boiled water, leave to stand for 1 minute, then drain in a large colander. Press with a wooden spoon to extract as much water as possible, then set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof sauté pan or shallow casserole over a high heat. Fry the leeks, garlic and chard or spring green stalks with a pinch of salt, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes. Roughly chop the wilted spinach and add to the pan along with the shredded chard or spring green leaves. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more until the leaves have wilted.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi according to pack instructions, then drain in the colander. Tip the gnocchi into the pan along with the cream, lemon zest and most of the parmesan. Season and stir together over the heat, then scatter with the remaining cheese. Transfer to the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking, then leave to stand for a couple of minutes before serving.


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1,332kJ/ 316kcals



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