I have been craving bright, fresh flavors lately and this Easy Shrimp Gnocchi is the exact answer to my cravings. I know we all hate it when a food blogger says “you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.” So, I’m not going to take it that far. But… this dish was created from ingredients that I buy routinely. I might not have each item in the kitchen at all times, but I shop these items on the regular. I love cooking like this because it feels less wasteful. I’m not shopping for unique ingredients that I might not use up. I’m not spending money beyond my typical grocery budget. These ingredients are easy to find and familiar to my family.
Any Time Of Day
While I typically think of gnocchi as a dinner item, I actually love this Easy Shrimp Gnocchi as a brunch dish. Yes, you can still have this for dinner but hear me out. The bright lemon flavor along with the spinach and tomatoes just scream brunch to me. To really put it over the top into brunch mode, add a fried or soft boiled egg to your bowl. So. Dang. Good! Keep in mind, this dish is light in flavor but also, the servings are moderate in size. In other words, you won’t be able to feed a crowd with this one unless you double the recipe. Whether you’re eating this for brunch or dinner, personally, I love this dish paired with a glass of white wine.
Easy Shrimp Gnocchi
- 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 16 oz dry gnocchi (shelf stable)
- 1 medium shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large handfulls fresh baby spinach
- 10 oz small sweet tomatoes, halved
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt & pepper to taste
- optional topping: shredded parmesan cheese
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook until it starts to turn golden brown, approximately 7 minutes.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, shallots, and garlic. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
- Add spinach, tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Cook until spinach is wilted.
- Push all ingredients to one side of the pan. Add shrimp to other side of the pan, turn shrimp as needed until cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss shrimp with all other ingredients in the pan. Serve warm, topped with parmesan if desired.