Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto (7 WW pts)

Hubby and I like to cook together. On Friday night we decided to try a recipe I had torn out of a Cooking Light. Neither of us had ever made pesto from scratch. I was surprised at how easy it was!! This meal was amazing and very easy to make. The recipe says it makes 4 servings, but it was definitely 6 for us. And it’s great reheated.

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto – from Cooking Light July 2007 (pg 216) – makes 6 servings – 7 WW pts2 quarts plus 1 Tbsp water, divided
1 (16 oz) package vacuum packed gnocchi
4 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 1 pound) – I used 1 bundle from the grocery store1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, coarsely chopped
1 cup basil leaves
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted – Ours weren’t toasted2 Tbsp preshredded Parmesan cheese – I used Veggie Grated Parmesan Cheese Alternative2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp bottled minced garlic – I used 3 garlic cloves, minced4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

Bring 2 qts water to a boil in a dutch oven (I just used a regular pot). Add gnocchi to pan; cook 4 minutes or until done – they will rise to the surface. Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon; place in a large bowl.

Add asparagus and shrimp to pan (that gnocchi just came out of); cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Drain and add shrimp mixture to gnocchi.

To make the pesto sauce (we did this while the gnocchi and shrimp were cooking): Combine 1 Tbsp water, basil, pine nuts, cheese, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping sides. Drizzle oil through food chute with food processor on; process until well blended.

Add salt and pesto to shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (please double check with your ingredients and serving sizes – I use this recipe calculator)

1 serving: 333.5 Calories, 6.7 g Fat, 147.3 mg Cholesterol, 343.8 mg Sodium, 439.8 mg Potassium, 43.4 g Carbs, 3.6 g Dietary Fiber, 1.5 g Sugar, 24.8 g Protein WW POINTS = 7

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Yum, the grilled corn looks delicious! I so wish I had a grill to make this myself although I may try it with a grill pan!

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    the twins — September 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    i definitely need to try this. there’s a cuban restaurant near me that makes the best grilled corn like this, and i’ve been wanting to try making it forever. yours looks delicious!

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    lifeandkitchen.com — September 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Ummm corn with cheese and spices? You can’t go wrong! That sounds delicious!

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    Melissa — September 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Oh my…that is taking corn to the next level for sure! Yum!

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    Cara — September 14, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I bookmarked this a while ago and can’t wait to try it. Um, I better not wait much longer or else there might not be any corn left to do so!

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    Eliana — September 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    This is my favorite way to eat corn. It’s so gosh darn delicious I can’t get enough of it. Yours looks absolutely perfect.

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    Elina — September 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Oh yeah, I made this too (here: http://healthyandsane.com/2010/08/new-meatless-favorites/) Couldn’t help but lighten it up a bit but it was still delicious!
    PS- I’m hosting a very sweet giveaway. Check it out! 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing!

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    Shannon — September 15, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Mmm, love 🙂

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