Recipe: Spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Serves 6

Gnocchi pasta can be found in three sections of the grocer – the freezer section (along with the frozen ravioli), the pasta aisle (where they are packaged in shelf-stable containers) and alongside the fresh pasta in the refrigerated case.

INGREDIENTS

Two 16- to 18-ounce packages gnocchi

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 pound peeled, deveined raw shrimp

4 ounces watercress

1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook according to package directions, then drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the lemon zest and cook until the butter begins to be fragrant and just begins to brown. Immediately add the salt, black pepper, asparagus and shrimp. Cook until the asparagus and shrimp are tender and cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Add the gnocchi to the pan and toss to coat and mix. Divide the gnocchi among 6 serving plates, then top each portion with watercress, Gorgonzola and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Per serving: 510 calories; 120 calories from fat (24 percent of total calories); 13 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 150 mg cholesterol; 70 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 31 g protein; 1190 mg sodium.

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