I am super excited to share this delicious supper with you because it is so terribly easy, it is packed with good stuff and the kids LOVED it!
If you have time to make your own gnocchi then great, but if not, then the pre-made packet stuff is actually quite good too! Gnocchi is ideally sized for little people to devour and the perfect vehicle to cover in a multitude of sauces.
This sauce gets its name from its vibrant green colour, and obviously all monsters are green so it makes perfect sense. I will say no more and leave the recipe to speak for itself…
Gnocchi with Spinach and Garlic Sauce
Serves 2 (with extra sauce for the freezer)
1/2 red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
1 large bag of spinach
2 oz butter
2 oz plain flour
2 cups of milk
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 oz strong sharp cheddar
1 delightful packet of pre-made gnocchi
Start by softening the onion in some olive oil, with the garlic, in a large pan on a medium heat. When the onion is translucent, add the spinach to the pan with a drizzle of water. When the spinach has wilted, remove from the heat and whizz up the lot with a hand blender until a smooth puree consistency.
In a separate pan make a classic béchamel sauce with cheese. Melt the butter, add the flour and cook out for a few mins. Add the milk gradually, whisking continuously to avoid any lumps. Stir in the mustard and grated cheddar, then season with salt and pepper. Once the cheese has melted, add the spinach puree and keep warm.
Into a pan of boiling water, carefully add the gnocchi. I would normally salt the water if the children aren’t eating it too. After a few minutes, the gnocchi will rise to the top of the pan. Drain the water and serve with the sauce straight away. I like to add a drizzle of olive oil over the top with some freshly cracked black pepper.
Pour the remaining sauce into a freezer proof container and save for a rainy day. You will be happy you did.
Old and young alike cannot fail to enjoy this little bowl of comforting goodness. Give it a go and let me know what you think.