gnocchi with swiss chard and brown butter sauce

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard is a simple and delicious pasta dish that comes together in just 20 minutes! Tossed in a delicious brown butter herb sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

One of my favourite things about summertime is the ability to walk into our backyard and pick fresh veggies to turn into our meals. You really can’t beat the freshness when a homegrown veggie makes it to my dinner plate in just 30 minutes from the time it’s picked!

I am no gardening expert and am still fairly new to it. I started keeping a small garden the summer after I bought my home 5 years ago. It started off small, with just a few herbs and a couple of tomato plants. Every year since, it has grown a bit more.

Our current garden has several veggies, some of which are ready to pick right now and others that are yet to come. We have my beloved herbs (pretty much any herb you can think of, I’ve got now), tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, Swiss chard, spinach, asparagus, snow peas, leeks, green onions, and butternut squash.

I have dreams of adding a new raised bed next year because I can’t fit in all the varieties of veggies I want in the space we have. I guess we will have to wait and see how successful we are this year but so far, our garden has produced lots of leafy greens for us to consume!

Today, I put our Swiss chard to use in this delicious summery pasta dish. I am in heaven with this dish, you guys! It’s full of fresh Swiss chard (which wilts a lot just like spinach and so it doesn’t look like a lot when you’re done cooking) and herbs straight from our garden. I used thyme, sage and oregano.

How to make Gnocchi with Swiss Chard

This dish is fresh tasting and delicious. But the best part about it is how simple and quick this recipe is! I had a healthy dinner on the table in under 30 minutes!

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 package gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons each fresh thyme, oregano and sage, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Because this dish comes together quickly, I start by chopping the chard and herbs. Then I set them aside and start the dish, which takes a total of 10 minutes to cook!

Once they are prepped and ready, I bring a pot of water to a boil and add the gnocchi (gnocchi will cook in just minutes so I begin the next step immediately).

While the gnocchi boils, I melt butter in a light-coloured skillet over medium-high heat (you want a light coloured pan so that you can see the butter turn brown). I let the butter cook until it becomes frothy and begins to brown. Then I add the fresh herbs and let it cook for about a minute.

I drain the gnocchi and add it to the pan with the brown butter sauce along with the Swiss chard and toss it together for a couple of minutes until the Swiss chard wilts. Then I add the lemon zest and juice and season with salt and pepper.

Voila! Just 10 minutes in total and dinner is ready! I like to serve this pasta with grated Parmesan which makes it absolutely perfect in my books. Cheese makes everything better. And then we dig in and my husband raves about what a great cook I am. Just kidding. His mouth is full of gnocchi.

I hope you guys enjoy this simple summer pasta dish! Bon appetit!

-Cathy

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Gnocchi with Swiss Chard

Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package gnocchi

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 4 cups chopped)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • salt and pepper

  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • As this dish comes together quickly, start by preparing and chopping the Swiss chard and herbs. Set aside.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the gnocchi (gnocchi will cook in just minutes so begin the next step immediately).
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a light-coloured skillet over medium-high heat (you want a light coloured pan so that you can see the butter turn brown). Let butter cook until it becomes frothy and begins to brown. Add the fresh herbs and let cook for about a minute.
  • Drain the gnocchi and add it to the pan with the brown butter sauce. Add the Swiss chard and toss together for a couple of minutes until the Swiss chard wilts. Add the lemon zest and juice and season with salt and pepper. Spoon onto plates and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
 

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