Gnutmeg Gnocchi

PREP TIME: 5 minutes  COOK TIME: 15 minutes  SERVES:


Gnocchi are little potato dumplings that cook up in minutes, welcoming the addition of any combination of vegetables, cheeses, meats, or sauces. Nutmeg adds such a wonderful, subtle flavor to this dish. Don't overdo it though - like with some other spices such as turmeric or cumin, too much nutmeg can taste medicinal and bitter. Just the right amount = heavenly. Trader Joe's sells dry gnocchi conveniently bagged and ready to toss into a pot of boiling water. It is shelf-stable and usually found with the pastas.

vegetarian Vegetarian low_fat Low Fat 


  • 1 package Trader Joe's dried gnocchi
  • 1 medium yellow onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic (1 cube frozen garlic)
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts (or toasted pine nuts)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (6 oz) bag fresh spinach (about 5-6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shaved, shredded, or grated)


  • 1) In a medium pan, saute the onions in about 1 Tbsp of olive oil until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, and continue sauteing, lowering the heat if necessary, until onions begin to caramelize.
  • 2) Meanwhile, prepare the gnocchi according to directions. Drain and add to the pan.
  • 3) Add another Tbsp or so of olive oil, nutmeg, and salt. Toss until the gnocchi and onion mixture is well coated. Sprinkle in the walnuts and drizzle in the milk. Heat for an additional minute.
  • 4) Place spinach on top and place a lid over the pan. It will seem like a lot of spinach but it will wilt down. Remove pan from heat. After a few minutes, once spinach has wilted down, add Parmesan and stir to combine.

Additional Notes

The trick to cooking gnocchi is to drop it in boiling water and then watch it carefully! The instant they begin to float to the top, you're done. Any longer in the boiling water and you will have sticky mush!


Original recipe




celinahex Dec 31, 2015

Absolutely simple; absolutely delicious. Made it just as written (didn't have walnuts; used pecans. walnuts would have been just as good.) A real keeper!


mikottis Oct 06, 2015

Doubled it. Left out the nuts. Definitely go easy when boiling the gnocchi. Its a keeper.


Cheryl Bernhardt Jones Feb 25, 2012

Tried this.....will wait for a better one, but good!


katiebecca83 Feb 08, 2012

This gnocchi was amazing! I made it as a belated Valentine's dinner last year (along with lamb chops) and my husband raved about it! I used asiago instead of the parmesan (personal preference) and arugula instead of spinach. I can't wait to make it again!


Brian Feb 08, 2012

Can't believe how good this was. Great recipe!


gracekim11 Feb 07, 2012

I usually have my gnocci with tomatoes cream sauce, but this is much lighter yet very flavorful. Easy recipe.


1043132073@facebook Nov 21, 2011

This is VERY good. I thought that I had nutmeg on hand, but realized I didn't, so I tried the TJ Pumpkin Pie Spice (I know, I know..) and it worked perfectly.


sizzlemuffin Jun 25, 2011

This came out fantastic! I followed the recipe exact, except for when I added spinach, I doubted the amount and I should have heed your words about it. Fast, easy and inexpensive. I'll definitely make this again.


SrtaMalita Jun 21, 2011

Made this tonight for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!! I will definitely be making this recipe over and over again. :)


maria Feb 24, 2011

This was fantastic. I love gnocchi and was looking for a recipe that did not call for tomato sauce. This cream sauce was light but did not lack in taste. I can't wait to make this again.


allimacb5 Jan 12, 2011

This is delicious. Because my husband will unfortunately not eat a meal without some type of meat in it, I took out the walnuts and put in rotis. chicken and it was scrumptious. I think the vegetarian version would be just as good. Try this it was SOOOOO easy and fast to make!


veronicaoneil Dec 16, 2010

Delicious! I doubled all the ingredients and made a big batch for dinner. I love cooking with spinach because I don't have to make a salad!