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White Beans and Greens Gnocchi with Creamy Green Pea Sauce

By Laurence Bergeron

Picture this: a delicious plate of creamy, cheesy gnocchi… that doubles as a fully balanced, healthy dinner idea. The secret ingredient is in the sauce—and what's not to love about that.

What makes this easy dinner recipe special is the fact that it’s chock-full of protein and of fiber, thanks to the addition of evaporated Canadian milk and green peas! Evaporated milk is made by taking out some of the water contained in milk using an evaporation process, creating milk that is as thick and creamy as cream, but contains less fat and more protein.

As for the green peas, although they give the dish its stunning colour, they are undetectable when it comes to taste. So if you’re looking for a way to make your kids or your partner eat more greens, this recipe would be a fantastic dinner idea for tonight.

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cooking: 10 minutes
Yields 4 portions
White Beans and Greens Gnocchi with Creamy Green Pea Sauce

Ingredients

  • 500 g (1.1 lb) gnocchi
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 750 ml (3 cups) broccoli florets
  • ½ bunch asparagus, cut in sections
  • A 540 ml (19 oz) can of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 500 ml (2 cups) spinach
  • Creamy Green Pea Sauce
  • A 354 ml (12 oz) can of Canadian evaporated milk
  • 180 ml (¾ cup) frozen green peas, thawed
  • 180 ml (¾ cup) Canadian Parmesan
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 7.5 ml (½ tbsp) lemon juice
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) fresh basil
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Preparation

Cook the gnocchi according to the instructions on the packaging.

In a saucepan, heat up the olive oil and fry the broccoli florets and the asparagus on medium heat for 5-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, mix the sauce ingredients until smooth.

Add the gnocchi, the sauce, the white beans and the spinach to the vegetables and stir.

Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce is warm.

Garnish with Canadian Parmesan and serve.

Tips

For more inspiration by Laurence Bergeron, visit her TikTok profile @libredemanger

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