Quick Summertime Eats
You won't want to miss out on this scrumptious summer dish. Our 2021 Chardonnay is the perfect complement to Gnocchi paired with a zesty Basil Squash Sauce and topped with savory bacon and parmesan. With only 30 minutes needed to prepare this dinner, you'll be able to enjoy a delightful evening with family or friends.
Gnocchi with Basil Squash Sauce
5 cups zucchini or summer squash, diced into 1/2" pieces
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
1 cup shallots, chopped
1 fl oz garlic, minced
1 bunch basil, chopped
1/2-1 cup freshly grated parmesan
Cream, optional as needed
8 oz bacon, sliced into 1/4" lardons
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 dash nutmeg, or to taste
1 pound gnocchi (we used pre-made, but if you'd like to make your own, check out this recipe)
Gather the ingredients and place a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
Cook bacon lardons over medium-low heat until crispy. Drain fat and reserve for serving.
Meanwhile, add the oil and butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the shallots and cook, stirring continuously, until the shallots are soft (about 5 minutes). Add the zucchini/squash to the pan and continue cooking until completely softened (about 10-15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste, add garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
Remove from heat, transfer to a blender with the freshly chopped basil and 1/4 cup of grated parmesan (or more to taste) and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste, and if needed, add a bit of cream to achieve desired consistency.
Once the sauce has been blended and the water comes to a boil, add gnocchi and cook to al-dente. Be very careful not to overcook your gnocchi, as they tend to fall apart.
Transfer gnocchi to a pan with the sauce toss until well coated.
Serve pasta garnished with crispy bacon lardons and a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese.