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March 28, 2018

ONE SKILLET HAM AND PEAS GNOCCHI WITH MINT

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Unexpected flavor of mint infuses springtime freshness to One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint. With minimal prep and less than 15-minutes to cook, this dish is a welcomed addition to any busy weeknight menu, springtime or anytime!

One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint
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So, this gnocchi dish started with chives as the herb of choice. It was delicious, and with ham and peas, it had a springtime flair. But I was looking for even more of a springtime vibe.

As luck would have it, I found fresh mint left over from summer rolls I had made (they were yummy, thank you very much)! It was exactly what the gnocchi needed to add that extra breath of freshness. I pulled a switcheroo, so out with the chive and in with the mint!





One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint

One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint

Peas and mint is a harmonious combination and is commonly paired. But did you know that ham and mint are great together too? (At least in my book!) If you have never had a good old lunchbox ham and cheese sandwich with fresh mint, you need to try it ASAP! Then you will know what I'm talking about! The herb's fresh and aromatic flavor along with its cool aftertaste turns this ordinary sandwich to something special. With that being said, I have only had it with mayo and like the combo so much that I never bothered to try it with other condiments. 

One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint





My three taste testers (my daughter, her boyfriend, and my son) all gave this gnocchi dish a thumbs up. They all felt that the mint was a wonderful twist.

As expected, my picky husband, who is not a fan of peas or cream/cheesy sauces, sat out on this one. Despite knowing the answer, I asked him if wanted to sample on two separate occasions. As expected, the answer for both was "not right now" which translates to "not gonna do it" in husband language. Can read him like a book I tell ya :)

More for the rest of us!!


ONE SKILLET HAM AND PEAS GNOCCHI WITH MINT

One Skillet Ham and Peas Gnocchi with Mint


INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 to 1 lb. diced ham
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 2/3 cup milk
5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese or Neufchatel
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 rounded tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz.) pkg. potato gnocchi
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh chopped mint
1/2 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, or American




INSTRUCTIONS:

Add olive oil to a large preheat a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add ham and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add milk, cream cheese, salt, and pepper. As the cream cheese melts, use a whisk to gently smooth out lumps. 

Add gnocchi and peas. Turn heat up slightly to medium high. Gently break apart clumps of gnocchi with a wooden spatula or spoon. Immediately reduce heat to medium low or a simmer when the sauce begins to boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until gnocchi becomes soft and fluffy, stirring occasionally. Add mint and cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving to allow sauce to slightly thicken.

Makes 4 servings.



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22 comments:

  1. LOL, I can't believe your husband doesn't like creamy dishes! That's my boyfriends favorite kind of dish. Anyways, I love the freshness added by the mint here, what a great spring recipe!

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    1. Thank you Danielle! My husband is definitely a challenge to feed and takes all the fun out of eating sauces.

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  2. This is heavenly! Gnocchi and a creamy sauce? Wow. I was just thinking that an herbed cheese would be good, also. I make my own (I call it faux Boursin) but I’ve added Boursin to cream before and it’s good. Oh heck, any cheese would be good in this!!!

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    1. Thank you, Mimi! Herbed cheese would be fantastic! I really have to practice restraint when eating Boursin. I love it so much!

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  3. My husband is also not a fan of peas. I like them very much. That creamy sauce looks incredible! The addition of fresh mint is a wonderful idea; perfect to go with peas and ham.

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    1. It is a bit of a challenge to feed my picky husband. He is such a food party pooper sometimes (haha). I'm glad that one of us is able to feed our husband creamy sauces :)

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  4. It looks so creamy and comforting... I've a cold, the weather is cold. I definitely need these! :)

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    1. Thank you. I hope you feel better soon!

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  5. love how creamy and cozy this looks!!! and the mint sounds perfect to help balance some of that richness (:

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  6. Well if your hubby doesn't like, that only means more for you....or you could send some to me ;) Looks delicious! I happen to love creamy based sauces and the combo is scrumptious, Thao! Great move with the mint! Happy weekend :)

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    1. Hubby is my picky child when it comes food. More for me is always good but I wish I would share some with you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. I just happen to have leftover ham from the weekend, as well as gnocchi...now the only thing I need is the mint! Looks delicious!

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    1. That's great, Katherine! Sounds like the perfect time to try this dish out. I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  8. How amazingly creamy, how can anyone not want to try it!! I would love two plates of it right now. :)

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    1. Thank you Adina! I should show this to my husband to prove that he is being unreasonable. Hahaha!

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  9. I love mint and I don't use it enough in savory preparations--it's rare that I think to pair it with anything other than chocolate :). But this sounds delicious!

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    1. Mint with chocolate rules! During the summer, one of our favorite ways to use mint around here is for mojitos, hee hee. I wouldn't add mint to most of my pasta dishes but it works well in this one :)

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  10. YUM! I just made a ham and we have plenty of leftovers. Thank goodness creamy sauces are one thing my picky husband will eat :)

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    1. I wanna know what your secret is for getting him to eat creamy sauces! It's no fun making 2 different meals all the time. Get this: Mine won't eat things everybody loves but he'll eat liver and onions. Go figure!

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  11. You seriously just came to my rescue! Mint is currently running rampant in my garden so I'm constantly looking for ways to use it up! I adore mint and gnocchi and my husband loves peas so this recipe is a winner! Pinning!

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    1. I'm so glad this recipe fits perfectly into your needs! I like growing mint but they do tend to take over. Two main things we use mint for at my house are green drinks and mojitos...you know, it's all about balance ;)

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