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Creamy spinach & leek gnocchi with chives

Creamy spinach & leek gnocchi with chives

Gnocchi makes this easy recipe quick to make – swap it for fresh pasta for another speedy option. A splash of dry white wine or vermouth added to the cooked leeks, before the garlic, would be tasty too.

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HealthySource of fibre2 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time25 mins

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  • 1 large leek, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove/s garlic, thinly sliced
  • 260g pack Essential Spinach, washed
  • 1 whole nutmeg, finely grated to make ¼ tsp, or to taste
  • ½ unwaxed lemon, zest
  • 500g pack gnocchi
  • 100ml single cream
  • 25g Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, grated, plus extra to serve
  • ½ x 20g pack chives, finely chopped


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, cut the the leek in 4 lengthways, then thinly slice, wash and drain thoroughly.

  2. Warm the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic and a generous pinch of salt, then fry gently for 8-10 minutes, until softened but not coloured.

  3. Add the spinach, nutmeg and lemon zest. Leave to wilt while you cook the gnocchi in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Transfer the gnocchi to the pan of vegetables using a slotted spoon, with some of the cooking water.

  4. Shake the pan, then remove from the heat and add the cream, parmesan and most of the chives. Fold together gently, adding a splash more cooking water to loosen if needed. Spoon into shallow bowls, scatter with the remaining chives, plenty of extra cheese and some freshly ground black pepper.

Cook’s tip

Our frozen Cooks’ Ingredients Wild Garlic would be delicious in this recipe. It’s only available in selected stores, but if you can get some, use a few tablespoons in place of the chives and garlic, ensuring it’s thoroughly defrosted and cooked before eating.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,469kJ/ 351kcals



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