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Creamy spinach gnocchi

creamy spinach gnocchi|marmite et ponpon

The word gnocchi is derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning knots (gnocco is the singular form). In italian cooking gnocchi are small thick dumplings usually made with potato, semolina or wheat flour, egg and cheese. Can be served with a sauce or in soup.

Creamy spinach gnocchi, this velvety deliciousness, is a very easy and quick recipe, served on your table in less than 30 minutes. For a quick lunch or dinner after a long day all you need is this foolproof recipe. It calls for: (serving two people)

  • 500g fresh gnocchi cooked as per package directions
  • 500ml milk  or 2 cups (you can use skimmed milk)
  • 200 ml cream, or one cup
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (or thawed)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • salt to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions and set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat then add the flour and cook it to make the roux. Slowly add the milk and cream to the roux and whisk constantly to avoid any lump.

Before the sauce starts to thicken add the garlic salt, salt and spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and sauce thickened.

creamy spinach gnocchi |marmite et ponpon

Return the gnocchi to the sauce and fold to combine. You can add parmesan cheese to the sauce or simply sprinkle on top. Serve immediately and enjoy heaven in you mouth.

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chicken fricassée with spaghetti

Chicken fricassée “Fricassée” is a method of cooking, when the chicken is sautéed in butter and oil then simmered. It’s an old fashion dish in france and with many variations. It’s a true classic french comfort food. Usually presented with french baguette bread, rice or mashed potatoes. My mum’s recipe is served with spaghetti. When i first made it, my husband fell in love with it. Whenever he craves it he asks me: when are you going to do “your chicken pasta with the yummy sauce”?

For 6 persons recipe you need:

  • 12 pieces of chicken (thighs, drumsticks and breasts)
  • 750g spaghetti
  • 3 1/2 tbsp butter devided
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 125g mushroom sliced
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1tbsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups water

Season chicken on both sides with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Preheat a large pot and add the vegetable oil and 1 tbsp butter. Fry the chicken until golden brown on both sides, and transfer to a plate. Don’t over crowd the pot, fry the chicken in several batches.

Wipe the pot with a paper towel and add 1 tbsp butter to sautee the onion, carrots and mushroom for 3-4 minutes over medium heat and transfer to a plate.

Again add to the pot the final 1 1/2 tbsp of butter with 3 tbsp of flour and stir until combined and golden, add the water slowly and keep stirring until liquid just thickens (one minute) as if you are doing a roux. if you like silky sauce, you can replace one of the water cups with 1 cup cream. Return the vegetables and chicken to the pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

Chicken fricassée

If you are fan of rice or potatoes, just replace the spaghetti. This dish pairs perfectly with all. Personally i love it like mum used to serve it with spaghetti!

Chicken fricassée

I loved this dish as a child and still consider it one of the most delicious meals my mum used to prepare. Try it, and am sure it will be a staple dish on your menu. Enjoy!!

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