Gnocchi and 101 Quick Recipes (from the NY Times)

GNOCCHI WITH A LIGHT HERBED SAUCE

1 16 oz package of fresh or frozen gnocchi, from Trader Joe’s
1 small container of light cream
1 tiny chunk of butter – about a tablespoon or less
2 sprigs of fresh mint, leaves only, chopped
2 sprigs of fresh sage, leaves only, chopped
2 sprigs of fresh oregano, leaves only
10 basic leaves, torn up
salt and pepper to taste
3 oz of grated Parmiggiano cheese from Trader Joe’s

Bring a large pot of water, slightly salted, to a boil and drop in the gnocchi. They are ready when they begin to float to the top. With store bought ones, I usually leave them in the water for a couple more minutes, to make them softer. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the fresh herbs, minus the basil which will be sprinkled on at the very end. Almost immediately, add the light cream and raise the heat a bit so it bubbles and evaporates, to form a thicker consistency and a deeper, more yellow color. Then add the cooked and drained gnocchi, sprinkle with the basil, salt and pepper and serve with abundant parmesan cheese.
Serves two as a main dish, or four as a side dish.

And for more fun, quick and easy recipes, read this article, featured in the food section of the NY Times from Wednesday: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/dining/18mini.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin. It is literally 101 meals in ten minutes or less. Who knew?!

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