Gnocchi with savoury spiced nuts

What do we eat when we can’t visit restaurants? We say…extra time in your home means extra time to cook some delicious and nutritious meals! Pasta and nuts are two foods that have long shelf lives and are great items to stock-pile in your pantry during this time.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian pasta recipe using nuts for protein, look no further than this recipe! It features walnuts as the main protein source, providing our body with plant-based omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are an important fat that have been shown to benefit heart health, as well as potentially play a role in supporting the cells of our immune system.

Gnocchi with savoury spiced nuts

Savory spiced nut ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups walnuts
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp coconut aminos* (or substitute with soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper

Pasta ingredients:

  • 1 package gnocchi
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5oz container of fresh spinach
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

*Coconut aminos is a gluten-free and soy-free substitute for soy sauce made from coconut palm and sea salt. If you are looking for another gluten-free option, tamari, a Japanese version of soy sauce, can also be used.

Instructions:

Savory spiced nuts:

  1. In a food processor combine walnuts, balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and ground pepper. Pulse until the mixture is crumbled.

Pasta:

  1. Cook the gnocchi as per the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a non-stick frying pan heated to medium heat, sauté the garlic and mushrooms for 5-10 minutes, or until the mushrooms are reduced in size and golden in color.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and add the container of spinach to the frying pan. Stir until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Next, add in the cooked gnocchi, olive oil and the savory spiced nuts. Stir to combine! Add an additional drizzle of olive oil as needed.
  5. Enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 4 servings

Per 1 serving

Calories (kcal) 564.8 Protein (g) 15 g
Carbohydrates (g) 31 g Fat (g) 46.9 g
Sugar (g) 3.6 g Saturated Fat (g) 8.9 g
Fibre (g) 5.6 g Sodium (g) 408.4 mg

 

*Nutrition information analyzed using Cronometer.com