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Lemon Pepper Gnocchi with Asparagus

What you need: 

1 pound asparagus tips
2 cups gnocchi
3 tablespoons olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, minced finely
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon sweet basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 tablespoon oregano
1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon (for zest and juice)
salt, to taste

What you do: 

1. Boil asparagus tips in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
2.Prepare gnocchi according to package directions, usually about 3-6 minutes. Do not overcook gnocchi as it could turn out mushy. Drain gnocchi well.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil, then saute garlic slightly. Mix in gnocchi, yellow pepper and mushrooms.
4. Add basil, rosemary, pepper and other seasonings.
Add lemon zest and squeeze the rest of the lemon's juice into the skillet. Use every last ounce of flavor the lemon has!
5. Fry gnocchi until brown. (I prefer this dish a little 'greasier' so I drizzle a little more olive oil as I cook, not too much!).
6.Toss the asparagus in there.
Serve it up and enjoy.

To keep it's "fresh and vibrant" look, it's important to not overcook the veggies.  

Note: I edited this recipe, as I realized I had way too much pepper in the original recipe. :p  Also, though I like a lot of lemon flavour, I understand it could be a little acidic. Try using the juice of half a lemon and the zest and adjust to taste!  Also added a new pic! 

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
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Thanks for posting this recipe! I enjoyed making it. I added an extra clove of garlic, 3 green onions, and a handful of fresh spinach.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy eating this dish as much as I enjoyed making it. For me, the lemon taste was much too prominent. I would suggest adding the juice of half a lemon, tasting the dish, and going from there. I bumped the tablespoon of pepper I'd previously added to 2 tablespoons after realizing how lemony it was, but then it just tasted like a lot of pepper. Also, I couldn't taste the garlic much at all, even after adding a clove to begin with. A couple dashes of garlic powder resolved that problem! :)

The seasoning was perfect for the asparagus! I ate all of that. When I try this again, I will half the lemon, or maybe even quarter it, and add much more garlic, perhaps 6 cloves. Thanks again for the post!


I have to have made this recipe a dozen and a half times since I reviewed it last. It's really, really solid. I don't know why it isn't more popular!


This dish is really good! I wish I could make gnocchi from scratch but that last time I  tried it I just had a gluey, gooey mess  :'(  And the pre made gnocchi doesn't tast as good...oh well.  But the mush that I had last time tasted better than the packaged gnocchi I made tonight.  I just need to try other gnocchi recepies.


This is SOOOOOOO SOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! This recipe is like a dream! A delicious, delicious gooey garlicy lemony dream... mmmmmmmm....  I've made it a few times this week already and I'm still not tired of it. I'm drooling thinking about it right now so I'll have to make it again in the morning! I've left out the asparagus though... I've been lazy lately. One of these days when I feel like boiling asparagus I'll have to try that ^-^. 5 stars from me!


This was pretty good. I didn't add rosemary because I didn't have any, nor did I include any yellow pepper. I will definitely make this again.


My first time Making and Eating Gnocchi.  My girlfriend, who has had it before, loved it.  I used Shitake Mushrooms instead of Cremini, and topped it with a basic cream sauce I made using Soy Milk, Nutritional Yeast and a few Italian Spices.  The store I was at didn't have any fresh asparagus so I used canned, Next time I will  use Fresh Asparagus as you get a lot more flavor.  I also dropped the Yellow Pepper because  Misty just picks them all out anyway  ;)

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