With the arrival of fresh, local asparagus in the market we decided to pair some with the shitake mushrooms we receive with our CSA delivery to make this dish. We were both impressed with the results.
One of the things we love about gnocchi is how it can take to just about any kind of sauce absorbing the flavours and resulting in a comforting dish.
We're trying to include more vegetarian meals in our weekly menu rotation and this was a happy addition - heck, it is almost vegan (ditch the butter and cheese!)
Wild Mushroom and Vegetable Gnocchi
1/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups shiitake and cremini mushrooms, sliced (4 to 5 oz.)
asparagus, trimmed and sliced into 2-inch pieces
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound refrigerated or frozen gnocchi
1 cup frozen baby sweet peas, thawed
1/2 cup toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese
In a small bowl, combine porcini mushrooms with 1 cup very hot water. Cover and allow mushrooms to soften for 30 min, then strain and reserve soaking liquid. Finely chop mushrooms and set aside.
Prepare a large pot of lightly salted water to cook gnocchi; bring to a simmer but do not cook pasta yet. In a skillet over medium-high heat, combine butter and olive oil until melted. Add shiitake and cremini mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and just golden; transfer to a plate. Combine asparagus and onion in skillet, season with salt and cook until onions are just soft, about 3 min.
Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in simmering water according to package directions and drain.
Add chopped porcini, cooked mushrooms and the peas to skillet and heat through. Toss with gnocchi, almonds and cheese. Add 2/3 cup porcini liquid to create sauce and serve with extra cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.