Gnocchi With Seared Shrimp And Pesto

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”15 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] SECRET INGREDIENT: arugula Gnocchi, little dumplings made with potatoes, are the perfect

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”15 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

SECRET INGREDIENT: arugula

Gnocchi, little dumplings made with potatoes, are the perfect canvas for the light and aromatic flavors of pesto. Here, some of the traditional basil is replaced by peppery arugula, which perfectly complements the seared shrimp.

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  • 1 bag (16 ounces) gnocchi pasta
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cup packed fresh arugula
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove

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[ingredients-right]

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined extra-large shrimp
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”25 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Combine the walnuts, arugula, basil, garlic, Romano, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the nuts, arugula, and basil are finely chopped. With the machine running, add 1/2 cup of the oil in a slow, steady stream. Process until fairly smooth but not a puree, about 1 minute.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Toss the shrimp with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. [step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add half of the shrimp. Cook, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining oil and shrimp.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Toss the gnocchi with 1/2 cup of the pesto and the shrimp. Divide among four serving bowls.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”6″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Serve the remaining pesto in a bowl on the side. [/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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