Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend and I hope the Sunday Scaries (i.e. fear of going back to work or school tomorrow) haven’t set in yet! To soothe your pain, or to seamlessly transition you from the weekend to Monday, do I ever have a meal for you: Basil Gnocchi with Peas and Pancetta. It’s like summer heaven on a plate!
Whenever I think of summer herbs, I always think of basil. It’s large green lemony/liquorice leaves grow abundantly in the summer and has a fresh clean and light taste that everyone loves. It goes great with chicken, tossed right into raw salads, and of course pasta (the Italians know what’s up).
I decided to give my original recipe for Homemade Gnocchi a great summer spin by adding basil to it. I simply puréed the basil in a food processor with a little bit of olive oil and salt and added the paste to my gnocchi dough.
The tedious but fun process of making Gnocchi in three steps: 1) roll out ropes of Gnocchi dough, 2) cut into 1-inch pieces, 3) roll down a Gnocchi board (or fork tines). Repeat until all the dough has been rolled out!
Just the plain Basil Gnocchi on their own taste amazing- but when combined with peas and pancetta- you have an extraordinary summer meal.
I chose peas to go with the Basil Gnocchi since peas and basil are the perfect summer combination. Peas are really in season for 0.2 seconds in the summer (I believe their harvest period is 2-3 weeks max) so whenever I can get my hands on fresh peas, I will use them in anything and everything. And of course I chose pancetta to go with the Basil Gnocchi as well to give it a bit of salty, porky flavour- which everyone loves. Topped off with some Parmesan cheese and you have summer heaven on a plate.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful summer recipe! For the full recipe, click here!