pea, spinach and ricotta gnocchi

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions (scallions), finely chopped 
  • ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan 
  • ¾ cup (100g) buckwheat flour+, plus extra for dusting 
  • 5 cups (150g) baby spinach leaves, blanched, drained and chopped 
  • 2 cups (300g) frozen peas, thawed and crushed 
  • 1 cup (240g) fresh ricotta
    dried chilli flakes, to serve 
  • micro (baby) mint leaves, to serve 

mint and pistachio pesto 

  • 2 cups mint leaves, plus extra to serve 
  • ½ cup (70g) toasted pistachios, plus extra, chopped, to serve 
  • 1 green onion (scallion), chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ cup (125ml) water 
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  1. Place the eggs, onion, parmesan, flour, spinach and half the peas in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the ricotta and mix until just combined. Roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into balls and set aside on a lightly floured oven tray. 
  2. To make the pesto, place the mint, pistachio, onion, lemon juice, lemon rind and oil in a small food processor and process for 1–2 minutes or until combined. Add the water, salt and pepper, process to combine and set aside. Cook the gnocchi, in batches, in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 3–4 minutes or until firm and floating to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon, place on an oven tray lined with non-stick baking paper and keep warm. 
  3. Divide the gnocchi and remaining peas between 4 bowls. Top with the pesto, chilli, micro mint, extra mint and pistachio to serve.  Serves 4. 

+ Buckwheat flour is a rich, nutty, gluten-free grain. It’s available from health food stores.

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