Gnocchi with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, Olives and Parmesan

Not all the cooking I do is from a recipe. The more you cook the more your confidence level increases allowing you to throw something together based on what’s in the fridge and pantry. This dish was the direct result of food sitting in the fridge waiting for me to use. My husband, aka the fridge police,  is always going through it saying “what about this or what about that?” …usually when I’m in the midst of prepping dinner.  Sometimes food gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator and unfortunately ends up in the compost bin. Waste not, want not!  This simple stir-fry made good use of the veggies.  It made me feel better for using what I had as well as appeasing the fridge police. 

Serves 4

1 package gnocchi
1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
asparagus, cut into thirds
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
handful Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
handful grated Reggiano Parmigiano
salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook gnocchi according to packet instructions. While waiting for the water to boil, place a deep fry pan (a wok works wonders here) over medium heat and add a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Add chili flakes, onions, asparagus and peppers and sauté until al dente (about 5-7 minutes). Toss in garlic and stir until aromatic. At this point the gnocchi should be cooked and ready to be drained. Add drained gnocchi to the vegetable mixture along with chopped olives. Toss mixture and add olive oil if a bit dry. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with freshly grated Reggiano Parmigiano.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: Just a bit of heat to stir up an otherwise tasty dish.  This works well with other veggies such as:  broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, fennel, carrots etc. and you could also use pasta in lieu of gnocchi.  Have fun experimenting!


  1. Simply Life on June 16, 2011 at 00:36

    gnocchi is one of my favorite things ever -this looks great!

  2. I’ll second that! Gnocchi is top of the list. I really want to try this recipe soon.

  3. The Culinary Chase on June 16, 2011 at 17:56

    Thanks Simply Life and Inkwell! To view more gnocchi recipes, do a search on my blog which has 6. Cheers!