Summer nights with summer delights…
The beauty of summer is not just the clear blue, sun-kissed skies, but also the availability of fresh produce. I am so excited to see my local grocer stocked up with beautiful fruits and vegetables, one of my favourite summer vegetable is zucchini and its beautiful blossoms. Usually I stuff zucchini flowers with goats cheese (you can find the recipe here), but this time I round I decide to do something different with them – cook them in a pasta.
While my most favourite pasta is spaghetti, for this dish I decided to use potato gnocchi. One day I will endeavour to make my own gnocchi, but during the week where the need for quick meals is paramount packaged gnocchi will do just fine. The best part about using gnocchi is that it takes only 3 – 4 minutes to cook and as a working woman you will know time is of the essence during mid-week cooking.
Ingredients: 11 Cooking time: 15 minutes
- One packet of potato gnocchi
- Eight to ten baby zucchini
- Eight to ten zucchini flowers
- One teaspoon of dried red chilli flakes
- Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
- One red onion, finely sliced
- Four to five pods of garlic, finely chopped
- One dozen cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
- 1/2 cup of crumbled goats cheese
- Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to season
Begin by separating the zucchini flowers from the zucchini stem and remove the pistil in the middle of the flower by carefully parting the petals and keep aside.
Heat three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Now add the sliced onion, chopped garlic and mint, cook until the onion mix is caramelised.
Add sliced zucchini, along with the chilli flakes and cook until the zucchini is tender. While the zucchini is cooking bring water to a boil and add the gnocchi, cook it as per packet instructions.
Once the gnocchi is cooked add it to the zucchini mix and give all the ingredients a good toss, coating the gnocchi with all those delicious flavours.
Now add the sliced tomatoes and toss the ingredients, cook until the tomatoes are soft. Season with salt as per taste, but remember not to over salt as we will be adding the goats cheese later.
Lastly add the zucchini blossoms and crumbled goats cheese, give the gnocchi a good stir and serve hot!
There you have it! A lip smackingly delicious mid-week meal all in 15 minutes.